Fournette rushed 29 times for 131 yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Bengals.
Expectations were high for Fournette against the league's worst run defense, and he delivered by topping 100 rushing yards for the third time in the last four games while tying his season high in carries. He's been held back by an inability to get into the end zone this season, and that was the case once again for Fournette, who remains stuck on just one touchdown in 2019. Fournette should remain in a workhorse role when the Jaguars host the Jets in Week 8.
Fournette ran for 72 yards on 20 carries and caught all six of his targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Saints.
The Jaguars' star running back entered Sunday seeking his first career three-game streak of 100-yard rushing outings. However, he only exceeded a four-yard gain on three of his 20 carries and was held to a sub-4.0 yard-per-carry average for just the second time this season as New Orleans' battle-tested front seven snapped his streak. What's encouraging is that Fournette has averaged 24 carries per game over the past three weeks after logging fewer than 15 attempts per game Weeks 1 through 3. The receiving upside, too, is an asset for Fournette, as he has four-plus receptions in every game but one thus far in 2019, heading into a Week 7 matchup against a Bengals defense that surrendered nearly 270 team rushing yards to Baltimore on Sunday.
Fournette carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Panthers. He added four receptions on seven targets for 29 yards.
Fournette did the majority of his damage on two play. The first came early in the third quarter when he punched in a one-yard touchdown. He followed that up with a 48-yard scamper early in the final quarter, accounting for nearly half of his rushing yards on the contest. Also notable was Fournette's involvement in the passing game; he's now recorded at least four receptions in all but one of the Jaguars' five contests this season. His guaranteed workload has made him a strong option, which should remain the case in Week 6 against New Orleans.
Fournette carried the ball 29 times for 225 yards in Week 4 against the Broncos. He also added two receptions for 20 yards.
Fournette was bottled up in the first half, rushing only eight times for 35 yards. However, he broke off a series of long runs in the second half, highlighted by an 81-yard scamper that ended 12 yards shy of the end zone. Fournette has now broken off huge gains in consecutive weeks -- he had a 69-yard carry in Week 3 -- after his longest carry in 2018 went for just 25 yards. Now, Fournette will look to find the end zone for the first time in Week 5 at the Panthers.
Fournette rushed 15 times for 66 yards and brought in six of eight targets for 26 yards in the Jaguars' 20-7 win over the Titans on Thursday.
Fournette had one of the more deceptive rushing lines you'll ever see, as he gained 69 yards on one carry and netted minus-3 on his 14 other totes. That anomaly aside, another noteworthy aspect of the third-year back's night was his continually expanding role in the passing game, one that saw him check in second only to Dede Westbrook in targets for the contest. Through three games, Fournette has an elevated 22 targets, 14 of which he's parlayed into receptions. That type of volume not only fulfills a preseason pledge by the team to get Fournette more involved through the air, it also puts him just four targets short of the amount he saw across eight games last season. The 24-year-old is still in search of his first 100-yard rushing performance of 2019, but he'll look to continue producing for fantasy managers in a tough Week 4 matchup against the Broncos a week from Sunday.
Fournette logged 47 rushing yards on 15 attempts, and collected four receptions for 40 yards during Sunday's 13-12 loss to Houston.
Fournette has bailed out fantasy GMs by way of unexpected receiving production, accounting for four receptions in each of Jacksonville's first two games after exceeding three catches just once in eight appearances during 2018. Fournette's Week 1 yards per carry average of 5.1 against the Chiefs was an extremely encouraging indicator that he would improve upon his 3.3 figure from last year, but he was largely contained by Houston on Sunday, only twice breaking runs that yielded more than four yards. The Jaguars have another interdivisional matchup coming up on Thursday Night Football, this time going up against a Titans defense that held Colts No. 1 running back Marlon Mack to 2.5 yards per attempt Sunday.
Fournette ran for 66 yards on 13 carries and added 28 yards on four catches during Sunday's 40-26 loss to Kansas City. He lost a fumble during the contest.
With Jacksonville down by two scores and driving on the opening possession of the second half, rookie Gardner Minshew dumped it off to Fournette, who was quickly stripped for the first lost fumble of his career. Fumble aside, it was a solid game for Fournette, who averaged over five yards per carry for just the fourth time in 22 career games. Minshew is the quarterback for the foreseeable future as Nick Foles is set to have surgery on a broken clavicle, so the offense should revolve around Fournette as much as ever. That will be an adjustment for offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was not adept at implementing the run during his failed season in Minnesota last year. Next up is a Houston defense that was tough against the run in 2018, albeit with Jadeveon Clowney.
Fournette rushed for 27 yards on seven carries and added 19 yards on two catches during Thursday's 22-7 loss to Miami.
It was an uneven four series of work for the Jaguars with Nick Foles getting his first snaps at quarterback in game conditions, but the debut portended some nice potential for Fournette. After two seasons of horrid quarterback play and stacked boxes, Foles looks to be able to give the team a credible passing game that figures to open things up on offense. Fournette reportedly worked on his receiving game this offseason after averaging 2.8 receptions per game during his first two seasons. Fournette's biggest play of the game came during Jacksonville's touchdown drive, during which he took a swing pass and bulldozed a defender for a 15-yard gain. Look for the Jaguars to continue to find ways for Fournette to use his power against smaller defenders.
Fournette will play in Thursday's preseason game against Miami, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.
Given that he's been cautious with his key players so far this preseason, coach Doug Marrone probably won't give Fournette a big workload. It remains to be seen if/how backfield snaps are divided with the first-string offense this season, as there isn't an obvious candidate to replace Fournette on passing downs. Alfred Blue (ankle) has a good reputation for blocking, but he isn't available Thursday and doesn't look like a sure thing to return for Week 1. The depth chart otherwise holds Ryquell Armstead, Thomas Rawls, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays.
Fournette is not in line to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
The same applies to fellow running back Ryquell Armstead, with Fournette thus a candidate to suit up for next week's third preseason tilt against the Dolphins.
Fournette is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Ravens.
The same applies to 31 other Jacksonville players, including starting QB Nick Foles. Fournette has reportedly turned in an impressive training camp thus far, but we won't see him in a game until next week, at the earliest.
Fournette has turned in an impressive training camp thus far, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Fournette's 2018 campaign was marred by injuries, a one-game suspension and sluggish play that translated to a 3.3 yards-per carry-average over 133 rushing attempts across eight contests. Now in his third season, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft appears poised to engineer a bounce-back campaign. The running back noted Tuesday that he reported to camp in better shape while adding that his mind was "good without distractions." In addition to the improved conditioning and focus Fournette cites, he's also striving to make more of an impact as a receiver in 2019. Fournette logged 22 catches on 26 targets last season, but it's not hard to imagine his volume on that front increasing now that the Jaguars' quarterback situation has been stabilized with the offseason addition of Nick Foles.
Fournette reported to mandatory minicamp in good shape and looked comfortable catching passes, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Fournette joined the Jaguars for the early portion of their offseason program but then skipped some voluntary OTA sessions in May. His conditioning became a major issue last season when he put on weight while recovering from a hamstring injury. In addition to helping with stamina, Fournette's slimmer physique should make him more useful as a pass catcher. He isn't typically thought of as a three-down back, but it's reasonable that Fournette could have a chance to handle that role given the unimpressive depth chart behind him -- Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and fifth-round rookie Ryquell Armstead (hamstring). Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles recently discussed how new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo puts a heavy emphasis on using running backs in the passing game.
Coach Doug Marrone said Fournette won't face any team discipline for his recent arrest, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Given that he was arrested for an unpaid speeding ticket, Fournette never figured to face discipline from the Jaguars or the NFL. Still, it isn't the best look for a player who seems to be on thin ice after a tumultuous 2018 campaign marked by injuries, weight gain, inefficient running (3.3 YPC) and a one-game suspension for an on-field brawl. The Jaguars used the suspension as justification to void the remaining guarantees in Fournette's rookie contract, but they've also made it a point to say he still has a future with the team. Jacksonville's offseason moves support that notion, as the depth chart behind Fournette contains Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Dave Williams and Thomas Rawls -- not the most inspiring group. Of course, the Fournette trade rumors would regain steam in a hurry if the Jaguars were to use an early pick on a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old reportedly dropped some weight in the offseason and should be back around 220-230 pounds ahead of his third NFL campaign.
Fournette was arrested Thursday in Jacksonville in the aftermath of a traffic violation, Vic Micolucci of WJXT 4 reports.
The arrest reportedly stems from an unpaid ticket from an incident dating back to last November, when Fournette was cited for driving 12 mph over the speed limit, per Justin Barney of WJXT 4. It's not certain if the running back will face discipline from the NFL.
Fournette appears to have the support of Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin, who expects the running back to rebound in 2019, ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco reports. "I have full confidence in him," Coughlin said. "He does have some things he's got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he's a young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year. We want him to be a great player and I think he's in the same mindset."
Despite showing up for training camp at a svelte 223 pounds, Fournette struggled through a tumultuous sophomore campaign, putting on weight while he missed six games with a hamstring injury. He finished the year with just 3.3 yards per carry in eight games, missing Week 13 due to a suspension and Week 17 due to an ankle injury. His suspension prompted the Jaguars to void the guarantees in his contract, while his obvious disinterest in watching the season finale was met with harsh public criticism from Coughlin. The 24-year-old is filing an appeal to regain his contractual guarantees, but at the same time, he's reportedly making an honest effort to repair his relationship with the Jacksonville organization. Fournette met with Coughlin to clear the air shortly after the season and later traveled to Wyoming to work with his former strength and conditioning coach from LSU. With their former running backs Carlos Hyde (Chiefs) and T.J. Yeldon (free agent) headed elsewhere, the Jaguars seem confident in Fournette to serve as the top weapon in an offense quarterbacked by Nick Foles.
Fournette is spending the offseason working out in Wyoming with Ben Iannacchione, his former strength and conditioning coach from LSU, Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union reports. "The Leonard I see now -- and, again, I wasn't around Leonard last year, still followed his career, noticed he missed some games last year -- but the Leonard that's here in Wyoming right now is very similar to the Leonard that I had at LSU," Iannacchione said. "If he continues with this mindset and this work ethic, I think everyone in Jacksonville is going to be pleasantly surprised."
Following the turbulent disappointment of a season that was the Jaguars' 2018 campaign, Iannacchione said Fournette reached out to him so the running back could "get back to really training the way [Fournette] did when he felt he was at his best." Setting up at Iannocchione's new employer, the University of Wyoming, Fournette is probably serving himself well by isolating himself in a distraction-free environment. Considering Fournette entered the 2018 season 15 pounds lighter than he was in 2017 -- but then somehow proceeded to seem as sluggish as ever en route to a career-low 3.3 yards per carry -- reports of Fournette getting in shape probably won't hold much weight with fantasy owners any longer, but the value here, in any case, is the fact that Fournette appears focused on turning things around.
Fournette (ankle) and executive vice president Tom Coughlin recently met to discuss the running back's disappointing season, clearing the air in the process, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Among Fournette's low points in 2018, he seemed to gain weight while recovering from a hamstring injury in the first half of the season, received a one-game suspension for playing a leading role in a Week 12 brawl in Buffalo, and appeared to lack interest Week 17 as one of the Jaguars' inactive players. Regarding his performance, his output fell across the board, with the most significant development a reduction in his YPC from 3.9 as a rookie in 2017 to 3.3 this past season. The confluence of events was enough for Coughlin and the team's brass to void the guarantees on Fournette's rookie contract, which still holds true, according to Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union. In the end, the hope is that the meeting will spur Fournette to show up to the offseason program and subsequent events on the calendar in great shape and ready to be the team's featured back.
The Jaguars voided the guarantees in Fournette's (ankle) contract after he was suspended for Week 13 against the Colts, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Fournette played a central role in a brawl during a Week 12 loss to Buffalo, earning a suspension that technically allowed the Jaguars to alter his rookie contract. The team probably wouldn't have made the decision if this was just a matter of the suspension alone, considering it fractures the relationship with a player selected fourth overall in last year's draft. Questions about his future with the team existed prior to the brawl, with Fournette appearing to gain some weight after he missed six of the first eight games this season while recovering from a hamstring injury. He finished the year with just 3.5 yards per carry, taking a step back from his already underwhelming rookie mark of 3.9 YPC. Fournette does have 20 touchdowns in 24 NFL appearances including playoffs, and he had some big moments last season en route to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. Criticized by Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin for his obvious lack of interest while watching his team lose to the Texans in Week 17, the talented young running back figures to be the subject of trade rumors this offseason.
Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin said he was "disappointed" in Fournette (ankle) and T.J. Yeldon's actions during Sunday's loss to the Texans, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Fournette was inactive for Sunday's season finale because of the ankle injury, yet he still managed to make headlines from the sideline. Coughlin also said, "they were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player." The pair of running backs was seen throughout the game sitting on the bench, seemingly disinterested in the game. Fournette finishes his injury-plagued, eight-game season with 133 carries for 439 yards (3.3 YPC) and five touchdowns, along with 22 receptions for 185 yards and one more score. The Jaguars seemed to grow frustrated with the 23-year-old's ongoing injury issues and subsequent conditioning problems. Fournette entered the season as the expected workhorse and focal point of Jacksonville's offense, but finishes it drawing criticism from fans and management alike.
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