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Packers Sign Fullback Tommy Bohanon

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Packers Sign Fullback Tommy Bohanon

With Danny Vitale currently dealing with a calf injury, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst announced Monday that the Packers have signed Free-Agent Fullback Tommy Bohanan. 

The sixth-year veteran played at Wake Forest from 2009-2012, and was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. 

In September of 2016 Bohanon was cut by the Jets and was then signed by the Jaguars in April of 2017, where he played for two seasons before becoming a free agent. 

Bohanon has played in a total of 68 games, tallying 72 rushing yards on 26 carries to go along with 29 catches for 239 yards. He has scored 3 career touchdowns as well; one receiving and two rushing. 


Ryne Ryskoski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV who is currently interning with the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League as the Team Writer and attends Texas A&M University where he is majoring in journalism in hopes to one day write for a pro sports team. He can be contacted directly through twitter @rusty_ryskoski_.

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Spock's picture

Gute doing his due diligence by getting the players the Packers need as needed. I assume this is just a signing to the 90 roster to take practice snaps while Vitale is healing.

jannes bjornson's picture

Hackett knows this guy. He will flow into the system.

Bear's picture

Previous article on our new FB:

Bohanon was the Jets' fullback from 2013-2015, although he struggled mightily as a lead blocker in those years.

kevgk's picture

or... two fullbacks on the 53!

Coldworld's picture

Looks like an older but nevertheless freakish athlete

“The 28-year-old NFL veteran is a fullback with a six-pack. A fullback who's clocked a laser-timed 4.6 40-Yard Dash at nearly 250 pounds. A fullback who holds the NFL Combine record for Bench Press reps at his position. A fullback who can block clean nearly 450 pounds.”

Primarily a blocker in college and in the pros. He played a lot of special teams as well. Even as the starting fullback, not used much offensively on the ground or in the air.

Spock's picture

Coldworld, Thanks for the additional information.

Old School's picture

Maybe they want to see this guy in case something happens to Vitale.

Coldworld's picture

He has the experience to hit the ground running to allow them to practice and run plays involving fullbacks. That’s a plus with none healthy.

More speculatively, this guy has never played in an offense that used FBs as weapons. Looking at his skill set, he has decent hands, isn’t slow and can do a Henderson. It’s not impossible that they think he has the physical tools to play a more Vitale-like role.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Ah, I asked this same question on another site: What did GB see in Bohanon and what did Bohanon see in GB?

Your answers are pretty good.

[No practice today, for those wondering about the Roundup.]

Matt Gonzales's picture

With this kind of offense and a QB that has battled injury the last few years, I could see a lot worse things to have on our roster than several bowling ball type players that can force opposing defenses to respect the run game when the weather gets cold and our offense stops looking new to game planning DCs, should the Packers consider keeping both this guy and Vitale.

Lare's picture

Something has already happened to Vitale, he's out with a calf injury.

sonomaca's picture

Calf injuries can be slow to heal and recur easily. Might not see Vitale for several weeks.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I love the proactive attitude that Gute has. so much more refreshing than Ted Thompson sitting on his hands when there's an obvious need, until all the good prospects are gone.

Old School's picture

Thompson oversaw 8 straight playoff seasons. Gutekunst hasn't had a winning season yet. If you want to crown 'em, then crown'em.

Gort's picture

IMHO, Thompson allowed the team to decline and Gute is rebuilding. Key word in your comment is "yet".

Since '61's picture


Since '61's picture

Old School - Thompson did not have a winning season until his 3rd season as GM. Gute has only completed one season as GM. We need to give him a chance.

Gute has been proactive at bringing players in to try to improve the roster. TT left holes in the roster for multiple seasons especially from 2015 - 2017.
TE, Safety, ILB, RBs are just some of the positions he left weakened for long periods. Ultimately the wheels fell off in 2017 and 2018.

IMO Gute has the next 2 seasons to produce results (at least playoff runs) or he will be on the hot seat. But so far I like his approach and I like his sense of urgency. Thanks, Since '61

Coldworld's picture

Well Thompson inherited a mess and left one. Apples to oranges to compare Gute entering season 2 with Thompson post rebuild. I think they are both level on record based on their first season as GM

JohnnyLogan's picture

Proactive but still won’t sign a reliable backup QB

Since '61's picture

Who would you suggest and at what price?
Thanks, Since ‘61

flackcatcher's picture

One can never have enough Fullbacks. Fullbacks Forever!........-:)

IceBowl's picture

It appears the 53 will include at least one FB. One less WR?

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