According to NBC Sports, former SDSU standout fullback, Chad Young, was released by the New York Jets today after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent earlier this year
The move trimmed the Jets roster down to 75, still a long way to go to get to 53, and Young was released with former Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, tight end Colin Anderson and defensive end Anthony Grady.
Brian Basset of TheJetsBlog.com claims that Young was the only "thumper" of the Jets running back group, but was ultimately too unseasoned to make the roster and it looks like the Jets are going to lean more heavily on their tight ends to help with run blocking.
At 5’10’’ and 240 pounds, Young is the perfect build for a fullback, but unfortunately the position is dying in the NFL, as most teams are electing to use versatile tight ends and dual back sets to get some talent on the field.
Young is not foreign to having to work his butt off to make a roster, a former walk-on to the SDSU program in 2009, Young went on to start at fullback between 2011-2013, paving the way for some of SDSU’s all-time greatest running backs, Ronnie Hillman and Adam Muema, along with sophomore standout Donnel Pumphrey.
Off the field Young was regarded by his coaches as a great leader and was a fan favorite. The next step for Young will be to see if he can make a team as a practice squad player and wait for an opening. With the amount of injuries in the NFL it would not be surprising to see that happening.
With only one week left in the preseason, the phone will need to ring soon for Young, otherwise he may begin his rookie season unemployed.