Fournette rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 21 yards on five targets in Sunday's 37-16 loss to the Titans.
Jacksonville had to abandon the ground and pound approach after Tennessee won the third quarter 17-0, limiting Fournette's volume. He was bottled up for an average of 2.9 yards per carry, but salvaged his day by finding pay dirt from one yard out in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 37-9. Quarterback Blake Bortles looked inept until garbage time, so stacked fronts should quickly become the norm for the talented rookie.
Fournette rushed 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown while hauling in all three of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's season opening 29-7 win over Houston.
Fournette was involved heavily throughout the first half, pounding in his 17th carry from one yard out on fourth down just before the two minute warning for the game's first touchdown. His 3.8-yard average per carry wasn't impressive, but struggles in that department were expected with Houston's talented defense focused on stopping the run. Backup Chris Ivory got only nine carries, suggesting Jacksonville is comfortable giving its prized rookie rusher all the work he can handle.
Meanwhile, T.J Yeldon (hamstring) is looking iffy for Week 1, which could free up some added touches for Fournette, who sits atop the Jaguars' RB depth chart. We like Fournette's upside in general, though we'd expect the stout Houston defense this weekend to prioritize containing the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft.
Fournette returned to practice over the weekend, including a session in full pads Sunday. He missed the last two preseason games and likely will be held out of Thursday's exhibition finale in Atlanta, but he at least got a significant workload -- nine carries for 31 yards and a touchdown -- in the one contest he played. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Fournette has looked good since returning to practice and should be ready for Week 1, Brian Jackson of News4JAX reports.
Fournette (foot) is in pads for Sunday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.
While the extent of his participation is unclear, Fournette will practice in some capacity for a second straight day after returning for Saturday's non-padded session. He missed the Jaguars' second and third preseason games, but he's downplayed the severity of the injury and could perhaps make a brief appearance in the exhibition finale Thursday in Atlanta. Meanwhile, T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) still isn't practicing.
|4||10/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/19/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|