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Jets need a dedicated fullback to use in 2017

March 20th, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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The New York Jets had no fullback on the roster in 2016 and occasionally struggled in the blocking department. They need to incorporate one in John Morton‘s offense this upcoming season.

Similarly to the tight end position, former New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey refused to use a fullback in his spread offense. Whether it was for their lack of speed, versatility or another reason, it did the team no good. Run blocking at times became an issue and Bryce Petty had a hard time staying off the turf. If you find the right fullback, they can even make an impact on special teams. Gang Green chose not to pursue that type of player.

With how bad the tackle position was in 2016, it’s a head-scratcher why they didn’t look for that extra blocker. Ryan Clady missed eight games with a torn rotator cuff while Ben Ijalana struggled in his place. Right tackle was no different. Brent Qvale never got in a groove, Breno Giacomini might as well have sat out the entire year and Brandon Shell was too raw early on. They needed that insurance …

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Tags: Adrian Peterson, Analysis, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jerome Felton, Kyle Juszczyk, Marcel Reece, Matt Forte, Mike Tolbert, Patrick DiMarco, Ryan Clady, Sam Rogers, Will Tukuafu, Zach Line

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