RB ITavius Mathers - Jacksonville Jaguars
|5-11, 203||Born: 11-19-1993||College: Middle Tennessee||Drafted: ---|
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Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens
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FBG says: Tough matchup. Leonard Fournette certainly looks the part of an NFL banger. He's difficult to bring down, dominating defenders at a high NFL level and finishing runs with authority. And he's showing himself fully capable in the passing game, not falling into the groove of two-dimensional plodders that telegraph a play. But he's consistently confronted with stacked defensive boxes - and protected by a fairly weak front line - so we've yet to see much dynamism. At his combine, Fournette That at least teases the explosive potential Fournette boasts if and when he's given a plus game script and a reasonable point of attack. Fournette did well to rack up 40 yards against a tough Titans front 7 last Sunday, and while the sledding stays tough against the Ravens, his start has been encouraging overall. If the Jaguars can provide him any room, he'll produce majorly at some point.
The Ravens have been stout against the run thus far; neither the Bengals' batch of runners nor the Browns' elite front line have gotten the better of them. They've given some allowances to passing-down specialists Giovani Bernard and Duke Johnson, who have found room in space, but interior backs have yet to create anything of note. Jeremy Hill and Isaiah Crowell have combined for just 63 yards on 16 carries. There's a bit of injury concern at play: run-stuffing tackle Brandon Williams left Week 2 with a foot injury, but the team doesn't believe it to be serious, and he looks likely to suit up Sunday. If so, expect business as usual for a unit that's held 7 of its last 11 opponents under 100 ground yards.
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