Bohanon, 28, worked out last week for the Oakland Raiders, but after going unsigned, flew back to Florida and made the five-hour drive from his home in Fort Myers to clean out the place he and his wife, Katie, were renting in Jacksonville.
An hour into the return drive, Bohanon’s phone rang with a call from the Packers, who were in need of a fullback after recent injuries to Danny Vitale (calf) and Malcolm Johnson (groin).
He kept a bag packed with a week’s worth of clothes and cleats for this very reason, but now there was this 26-foot U-Haul to deal with. Fortunately, his father-in-law also made the commute.
“I got the call, so I had to transfer over to my father-in-law’s truck and drive down to the Orlando airport,” said Bohanon, a veteran of 68 NFL games with 30 starts. “I got there right as they were boarding. … It was definitely a crazy 48 hours.”
Bohanon dove right into the playbook as soon as he got to his hotel after signing Monday. The other factor hastening his transition is his past experience playing for current Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in Jacksonville.
Like Hackett, Head Coach Matt LaFleur enjoys utilizing a fullback in his offense. With Johnson already sitting out, Vitale’s early exit from Sunday’s practice forced the Packers to make major adjustments to their team (11-on-11) periods.