Does Gailey need a fullback? T.J. Brennan

Florham Park – Aside from Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey announcing that Geno Smith is the team’s starting quarterback, he also had an interesting take on the need for keeping a traditional fullback on the 53-man roster.

“There’s still a place for [a fullback], but everybody’s got to have worth on the team,” Gailey said. “You’ve got to have a role and you’ve got to be able to do it well. We won’t keep somebody just to keep somebody to say we’ve got a fullback. Everybody’s got an important job.”

The Jets have a crowded backfield with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson at running back and Tommy Bohanon and J.C. Copeland at fullback.

It appears as if Bohanon, who is coming off a collarbone injury, will have to do more than just show the coaches he is a better option than Copeland.

Bohanon must prove that he’s versatile enough to merit a roster spot.

In Gailey’s last job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, the team ran an offense with some spread tendencies, which doesn’t necessarily require a fullback.

So instead of carrying a fullback on the 53-man roster, a tight end could end up being used in an H-back role.