RB Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 240||Born: 1-18-1995||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 20 vs NE (24 / 76 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Fournette had the first four offensive touches for the Jaguars, including two receptions, totaling 18 yards. he had a pair of successful runs on the Jaguars first touchdown drive, and five carries on the New England side of the field, including the touchdown on their second scoring drive. After the Jaguars opened an 11-point lead, Fournette's carries were largely ineffective and predictable.
2017 Week 19 vs PIT (25 / 109 / 3 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Before going down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, Fournette was the best player on the field. The line in front of him got some movement for the first time in weeks and Fournette took complete advantage. He wasn't making people miss, but his insane acceleration lead to several chunk runs, both inside and outside of the tackles. He was not going down on first contact and his power would lead to yards after every tackle. The first of his three touchdowns game on an incredibly athletic play, where he took off the ground and then adjusted his body in the air to score. His second touchdown featured a hurdle over a defender and terrific straight-line speed and balance to score down the sideline. His third touchdown, his only one after the injury, showing good vision and power. It is a shame we did not see him at 100% for the whole game, because it looked like he was putting together a classic.
2017 Week 18 vs BUF (21 / 57 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Outside of one drive where he had gains of 9 and 15 yards, Fournette was not able to get anything going. This was mostly because of the Bills selling out completely on the run. They filled the box and sent run blitzes at every turn, hitting Fournette before he could get to the LOS on several attempts. Fournette got 2 goal line carries but could not convert either into a touchdown. He showed good toughness on runs as well as better burst than past weeks. His best run came on a toss play where the hole opened and he exploded downfield. He lined up at wide receiver on a few plays, seeing one target, which he dropped. From the backfield, he still looks comfortable as a pass catcher and is able to gain good YAC.
2017 Week 17 vs TEN (19 / 69 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Fournette had an up and down day on the ground. He is unable to run for positive gains consistently from the shotgun, whether it be due to blocking or his style, but the Jaguars offense kept coming back to it. When he was lined up behind the QB under center, though, he was a force. He moved piles and delivered crushing blows on contact, something he had not done since week 14. His vision before the line of scrimmage can still leave some to be desired, but as a pure runner he is very talented due to his power and pure explosion. He also made a big impact through the air, taking several screen passes for big gains and and one third down check down for a first down. His speed combined with his size and strength makes him dangerous in space, and he looks very comfortable catching the ball.
2017 Week 16 vs SF (18 / 48 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Fournette truly could not have had a less noteworthy game. He scored on a one-yard dive up the middle but outside of that he, and the rest of the run game, were woefully ineffective. Fournette showed fine vision and speed to the hole but failed to break many tackles, if any at all. He did show some great work as a pass protector.
2017 Week 14 vs SEA (24 / 101 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
For the first time in some time, Fournette looked like Fournette again. He didn't break any super long runs but he consistently picked up juncos of four and five yards and helped grind down the Seattle defense. He was much more decisive hitting the hole this week and he did not shy away from any contact. He showed explosion and an ability to move a pile. His best run came on the final true play from scrimmage. On 3rd-and-eleven, Fournette took the handoff behind a pulling guard off the left tackle's side. He found a lane and then galloped past the Seahawks second level before they released, effectively ending the game.
2017 Week 13 vs IND (20 / 57 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Fournette looked better against the Colts than he had in previous weeks, but he still failed to get much going on the ground. Too many times he was hesitant to hit the hole or tried to avoid contact and he ended up losing yards. His vision and aggressiveness have taken a step back as of late and it is affecting his effectiveness. He did score a touchdown from the shotgun formation but it was a walk in score that required virtually no real effort. In the passing game he continues to improve as a blocker and has proved to be a threat with the ball in his hands as a receiver. At one point he split out wide and ran a drag route and caught a first down pass.
2017 Week 12 vs ARI (12 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Fournette did not get much of anything going early on due to some questionable vision and blocking in front of him. He looked good as a pass catcher, taking one pass around the corner for 17-yards. He converted one early short yard carry but was rarely on the field in the second half. It is unclear if it was a benching or if he is still injured.
2017 Week 11 vs CLE (28 / 111 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Fournette was used as a battering ram for the Jaguars offense. His 33-yard run, which he was able to execute because of his vision to bounce outside after the hole was clogged and then his speed to beat the linebackers angles, was one of the Jaguars two only explosive plays on the day. He was the first back to run for over 100 yards on the Browns this season, and he did so because he looked like he was in better condition injury wise compared to last week. He had better burst inside and finish on his runs and his frequently used spin move was more effective.
2017 Week 10 vs LAC (17 / 33 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
For the first time in his career, Fournette looked ordinary. He was unable to evade defenders or break off long runs. He got a few key first downs on one to two-yard short-yardage chances, but that was about it as his longest run was eight yards. He showed his usual strength but the explosion was not the same as in other games. He was held out of a number of series during the game but did play in overtime. In the passing game, he made more of an impact as a blocker than as a pass catcher, an area he has shown improvement in.
2017 Week 6 vs LAR (21 / 130 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Fournette started the game off on fire, taking an inside carry 75-yards for a touchdown thanks to his rare blend of speed and explosion for his size. Other than that he had a fairly quiet day outside of a couple of chunks carries inside. The Jaguars also did not feature him as a receiver, leaving him with 0 targets for the game, which mitigated his impact. The line played worse than they have most of the rest of the season, but Fournette really did not have a poor showing on his own. He showed power, vision, and toughness, but there simply was not much there. He exited the game with an ankle injury in the 4th quarter but was later cleared to return.
2017 Week 5 vs PIT (28 / 181 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Fournette was a star vs the Steelers defense. He had a ton of runs that went for minimal gains but he had several games changing plays that show how big he is to the Jaguars franchise. His first touchdown run was a leap over the entire OL/DL that started at the 5-yard line and ended in the end zone. His second touchdown run was a burst to a small opening and then leaving every defender in his trails as he scored from 90-yards out. Maybe his best run was on a 12-yard run where he invited safety Mike Mitchell to come tackle him and then ran him over for the first down. Fournette is the real deal, is scoring touchdowns at a good rate and the Jaguars are finally giving him more work. He did give up one sack in pass protection.
2017 Week 4 vs NYJ (24 / 86 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec)
Fournette had his most productive all around day as a pro against the Jets. On the ground he was once again electric; He ran with quickness, vision, power, speed and fury. He moved every pile in his way and, save for one ill-advised toss play that lost yardage, he almost always turned a negative play into a positive one. His two best plays though came in the passing game, and this doesn't even count the aforementioned touchdown reception he had on the first drive. On a screen in the 4th quarter, Fournette caught the pass and flew through the second level with much more speed than you would ever anticipate out of somebody his size. He ended up gaining over 25 yards on the play almost simply because nobody wanted to get in front of him. The other play was another alley screen that Fournette was able to turn into a touchdown after turning the corner and outrunning the defense, but this was called back due to holding.
2017 Week 3 vs BAL (17 / 59 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fournette had another game that was more impressive on the field than in the box score. For one, two of his biggest runs, each over 10 yards, was called due to penalties. He also ran behind an OL that was consistently allowing defenders into the backfield. On the bright side, there were a few more plays where he was able to find daylight this week as compared to last week. He showed terrific vision and toughness, as he has all season. He again produced as a receiver and ultimately scored his third rushing touchdown in as many games by the end of the day.
2017 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 40 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fournette did not get ANY help from the people around him but frankly he was better than his numbers say. He provides the offense their only source of explosion and he showed this even on runs that had no chance due to the blocking. He broke tackles and moved piles more than anyone could really have expected. He was even able to score a touchdown later in the game. Sadly he will continue to face 9 defenders in the box as long as his inept QB plays with him.
2017 Week 1 vs HOU (26 / 100 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
The star of the show. Fournette was everything that he has been billed as and the Jaguars fed him like a workhorse back. He had touched the ball over 20 times by the end of the first half alone. They trusted him as a receiving back, giving him chances on a screen and as a dump off option. As a runner, he was down right punishing. The blocking was inconsistent in front of him but when given the room he dominated the Texans linebackers and defensive backs. He wore them down with his power on contact and showed better feet and quickness than anticipated. His best play was a run to the outside where he was able to beat one defenders angle and then use a deadly stiff arm to advance the ball to the goal line. He was given several goal line carries and should be the teams sole back in that regard.
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