Fullback Lawrence Thomas earned quality experience after last year and has put it to good use this offseason as he prepares for a big season with the New York Jets.
Last year, fullback Lawrence Thomas got to see both sides of the spectrum. He played various positions on the New York Jets defensive line and transitioned into being an offensive player. Head coach Todd Bowles loved his versatility and decided to permanently switch him to a fullback thanks to everything he brought to the table.
Thomas made a name for himself as a consistent blocker on offense which helped open things up on that aspect of the team. Whether it was to establish a run play or help keep the quarterback upright, Thomas did enough to impress the coaching staff.
Now, he’s back and ready to prove his worth as a full-time fullback on offense. Of course, the Jets brought in competition for every positional group except punter and will select the best of the best for 2018. This year, the Jets have brought in Dimitri Flowers who was an undrafted free agent to also compete at fullback.
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Both Flowers and Thomas will be competing for what will likely be just one fullback position on the depth chart. Flowers is also versatile enough and could also land a gig as a special teams returner but for now, he’s also competing at fullback.
Either way, Thomas is ready for what awaits him in training camp. In an article written by Ethan Greenberg of NewYorkJets.com, here is why Thomas believes that this upcoming season will be a good one with the Jets:
“Last year, I learned as I went. But now I’ve had the whole offseason to study up and learn the plays,” he said of the biggest difference between this year and last. “Now I’m all in, so it’s going to be a good year.”
Overall, Thomas is prepared and will likely win the starting fullback spot on the Jets since he has a slight advantage thanks to the experience he earned last year at the position. He was good and unless Flowers plays light out football during training camp and preseason action consistently, it looks like Thomas will pick up where he left off from last season at fullback.