New Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is more of a power runner, but has made an early impression with his receiving.
One missed catch was the highlight about Leonard Fournette early in OTA’s for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A running back known for his power running, Fournette has reportedly displayed some softer hands to this point.
Now, this is OTA’s and everything coming out from head coach Doug Marrone and company doesn’t matter terribly much until training camp. But it is nice to hear some positive spin for a player that many dismissed (despite his overall athletic ability) as a standard bruiser of a running back.
“He’s caught the ball well,” says Marrone in an old-school style presser. Marrone went on to say that the one drop in day three was the only drop he thinks Fourtnette has had.
That, like all news surrounding a top-five selection in the NFL draft, is good news for Jags fans. The Jaguars are betting on Fournette being able to balance the offense with his running, but being able to stay on the field during more passing situations gives the Jags even more versatility. He may not be Matt Forte or Christian McCaffrey, but he can certainly be a contributor.
The smooth moves from Fournette have been all over Twitter, highlighting his ability while running around in shorts. This, perhaps more than anything, is why we should all take the positives with a grain of salt. This is OTA’s after all.
Still, that looks damn good.
Speaking of smooth, the other big news regarding Fournette was his recently-shaved face. After a joke that fell completely flat on draft day in which general manager Dave Caldwell asked Fournette to shave his beard, the recently-shaven Fournette’s face drew plenty of attention in front of the press.
The good news? The Jags aren’t so strict that they actually required the running back to shave it off. The bad news? The Jags lost a pretty sweet beard.