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Is Jaguars FB Tommy Bohanon headed to the Pro Bowl?

Roy Cummings



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Tommy Bohanon didn’t play in the NFL at all last season and after signing a one-year deal with the Jaguars this past summer there’s no guarantee he’ll he be playing in the NFL next season either.

Come February, though, there’s a good chance Bohanon will be playing in the Pro Bowl in Orlando. That is, if he and the Jaguars aren’t still in the hunt for the Super Bowl.

Though he’s only played 26-percent of the offensive snaps this year, the Jaguars fullback has emerged as a fan favorite and is currently the leader at his position in Pro Bowl fan balloting.

 “It’s a blessing,’’ Bohanon told reporters this week. “I mean, I’ve worked really hard for this. I’m very grateful and it’s definitely exciting to have that recognition.’’

No one can say it’s not deserved. Though Bohanon is a part-time player who actually gets more work on special teams than on offense, he has certainly made an impact on the Jaguars.

After beating out 2017 seventh-round draft pick Marquez Williams for the starter’s job during the preseason, Bohanon has helped vault the Jaguars rushing attack to the top of the league’s rankings.

Granted, that rushing attack has struggled a bit of late, but Bohanon continues to gain momentum as a potential all-star representative of the Jaguars with more than 87,000 votes.

And that comes as quite a surprise, especially to Bohanon, a 2013 seventh-round pick of the Jets who spent all of last season trying to get someone, anyone, to notice him again.

“If you looked at my Instagram, I kind of tried to show people my workouts throughout my time off last year,’’ Bohanon told Mike Kay of “So it’s definitely a blessing to be in this position.’’

 Bohanon isn’t the only Jaguar in position to earn a starting Pro Bowl nod. Cornerback A.J. Bouye ranks first in voting at his position, where teammate Jalen Ramsey ranks second.

Meanwhile, defensive end Calais Campbell and defensive tackle Malik Jackson are both in second place in the balloting at their respective positions while running back Leonard Fournette is third at his spot.

It’s possible then that the Jaguars could have two players in the same backfield come this year’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, though they’d much rather be prepping for a game in Minneapolis instead.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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