Leonard Fournette

#7 RB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 228 lb Age: 27 College: LSU Bye 11

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: No more major obstacles to touches

    Leonard Fournette no longer has to share the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield with Ronald Jones, who recently departed to the Chiefs in free agency, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.Although Fournette generally drew the headlines when it came to the Buccaneers' backfield last season, the split in workload between him and Jones wasn't as drastic as might be assumed. Fournette did log 79 more regular-season carries than Jones in two fewer games in 2021, but the former only logged at least 20 rushes in a game twice all season and postseason. Third-year back Ke'Shawn Vaughn currently slots in as Fournette's primary backup for the 2022 season, and although the Vanderbilt product has shown flashes over his first two campaigns, he only has 62 career carries. That lack of experience gives him considerably less pedigree than Jones, who'd amassed 364 carries and 59 receptions during the 2019 and 2020 seasons alone before morphing into a clear complementary back back over the course of 2021.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Gets three-year deal from Tampa

    Leonard Fournette is signing a three-year, $21 million contract with Tampa Bay, including $9 million guaranteed, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.It sounds similar to James Conner's new contract with the Cardinals, though Fournette won't get as much guaranteed money. The 2017 first-round pick turned 27 in January, a few days before the Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs. Fournette had 107 total yards and two TDs in the loss to Los Angeles, returning to the lineup after missing four games with a hamstring injury. He otherwise enjoyed a healthy season, with a 180-812-8 rushing line and 69-454-2 receiving line in 14 games. Fournette was a fantasy RB1 for much of the year, averaging 68.6 rushing yards, 34.4 receiving yards and a touchdown per week in a 10-game stretch Weeks 4-14 before injuring his hamstring. Similar production in 2022 is certainly conceivable with QB Tom Brady back for another year, though it'll partially depend on Tampa's other moves this offseason. Ronald Jones and Giovani Bernard remained free agents at the time of Fournette's signing, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Kenjon Barner have spots on the Bucs' offseason roster.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Scores twice in IR return

    Leonard Fournette (hamstring) rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns and secured all nine targets for 56 yards during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday.The Buccaneers were particularly cautious about bringing Fournette back from his hamstring injury too soon, and their decision appeared to be validated with the versatile back's impressive performance. Fournette finished with the team lead in receptions on an afternoon during which the Rams often played very effective coverage and also frequently made Tom Brady uncomfortable in the pocket. Additionally, although his rushing opportunities were capped to a degree by game script, the 27-year-old also was reasonably effective when asked to carry the ball. Fournette is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, but given the positive impact he's had over his two seasons in Tampa Bay, he should be a strong candidate to re-sign.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Activated from injured reserve

    Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been officially activated from IR in advance of Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams.In a corresponding move, Tampa Bay waived Le'Veon Bell. Per Scott Smith of the team's official site, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't add Fournette to their injury report, which sets the stage for the running back to return to game action for the first time since Dec. 19. It remains to be seen how heavily Fournette will be used Sunday, but in the absence of any issues with his hamstring he should head the team's ground game versus Los Angeles, with Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard available to handle complementary/change-of-pace touches. Meanwhile, Ronald Jones is out this weekend with an ankle injury.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Expected to come off IR

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to activate Leonard Fournette (hamstring) from IR ahead of Sunday's playoff game against the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.With that in mind, look for a transaction confirming this outcome to arrive prior to Saturday's deadline for such moves. Given that Ronald Jones (ankle) is out with an ankle injury, Fournette would re-join a Tampa Bay backfield that also includes Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Practicing again Thursday

    Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was spotted participating in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.Since Fournette remains on injured reserve and not an official member of the 53-man roster, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have to disclose the extent of his participation. For what it's worth, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com relayed that Fournette was spotted jogging but not going through drills at full speed, a condition head coach Bruce Arians said the running back will need to meet in order to be available for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams. In any case, Fournette's presence on the field Thursday is at least a decent sign for his health, but clarity on the 27-year-old's status one way or the other may not arrive until Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for Tampa Bay to make weekly roster moves. If the Bucs elect not to activate Fournette from injured reserve this week, Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) and Ke'Shawn Vaughn would likely split work out of the backfield once again, just as they did in the wild-card win over the Eagles. Meanwhile, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times notes that Ronald Jones (ankle) has ditched his walking boot, but Jones appears far less likely than Fournette to gain clearance for Sunday's game.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Status unclear for divisional round

    Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to take a "wait-and-see" approach with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) leading up to Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.Arians added the team may gain some clarity following Thursday's full practice, when Fournette will attempt to hit top speed without discomfort, which is something he's been unable to do as of Monday. As for the rest of Tampa Bay's backfield, Ronald Jones (ankle) again didn't practice Wednesday, while Giovani Bernard was a limited participant. With no Fournette or Jones in last weekend's wild-card win against the Eagles, Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn split snaps (49 percent share apiece) and touches (18 versus 19), a breakdown that may continue if the top two options, when healthy, again are sidelined for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams. The Bucs have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to decide whether to activate Fournette from injured reserve.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Hamstring issue lingers

    Coach Bruce Arians noted that Leonard Fournette, who wasn't activated from IR ahead Sunday's playoff win over the Eagles, hasn't been able to hit top speed without feeling his hamstring injury, Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official site reports.Per Carmen Vitali of the team's official site, Arians also indicated that "until (Fournette is) full speed, we're not going to use him." With that in mind, the running back's status for next weekend's game remains cloudy. With Ronald Jones (ankle) inactive for this Sunday's contest, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard led Tampa Bay's rushing attack in the team's playoff opener.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Won't play Sunday

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't activate Leonard Fournette (hamstring) from injured reserve Saturday, making him ineligible to play Sunday against the Eagles, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.Despite optimism from coach Bruce Arians early in the week and the Bucs designating him for return from IR on Wednesday, Fournette's hamstring didn't test out well enough for him to get back on the active roster. With Ronald Jones (ankle) already ruled out for Sunday's wild-card matchup, Tampa Bay will rely on Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) -- who was activated from IR on Saturday -- and Le'Veon Bell out of the backfield in its postseason opener. Fournette's next chance to suit up will be in the divisional round if the Buccaneers happen to advance.

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    Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Unlikely to play Sunday

    Leonard Fournette (hamstring) isn't expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, namely coach Bruce Arians, expressed optimism early in the week about Fournette returning to action for the team's first postseason contest. While he was designated for return from IR on Wednesday, Fournette seemingly didn't prove the health of his hamstring and won't experience the final step (activation from IR) by Saturday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Meanwhile, Giovani Bernard (hip) likely will be activated, per Laine, meaning Tampa Bay's backfield Sunday should be comprised of Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Le'Veon Bell and Bernard.

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