The Jacksonville Jaguars almost certainly won’t be good enough to have a serious candidate for MVP, but Leonard Fournette is the only real candidate.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in the NFL for over 20 years at this point and they’ve never really had anyone come close to winning the MVP award.
That changes this season.
Not really. But maybe one day Leonard Fournette can be that guy if he lives up to his potential.
Kevin Skiver over at CBS Sports took a look at the player on each team with the best MVP odds, and surprisingly enough there was a player on the Jaguars actually listed with odds!
"Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette (80/1)"
"Fournette was regarded as the best college prospect in the country heading into LSU, and flashes of his potential have done nothing to lessen that hype. Despite being used what some may consider to be ‘sparingly’ while at Louisiana State by Les Miles and Ed Orgeron (or Cam Cameron), in the games that Fournette played he was a force to be reckoned with. He was widely regarded as one of the best running backs in an excellent 2017 running back class, something that the Jaguars clearly seconded.Fournette was drafted fourth overall, exceptionally high for a running back. At LSU, he rushed for 3,830 yards in three seasons, despite missing significant time in 2016. He was one of several players who made the controversial decision to sit out his team’s bowl game, but many pundits treat that decision as an investment rather than an indictment of his “drive,” particularly after what happened to Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith before he was drafted by the Cowboys. Even at the NFL level, Fournette has the build and the speed to succeed, and he will hope to bring some balance to the Jacksonville offense."
Giving Fournette any chance to win the MVP award is downright absurd, but oddly enough he is actually given better odds (eh) than a handful of players. Granted, the big caveat of this list is Skiver only looked at non-quarterbacks, but it’s still interesting.
In the modern era of the NFL, it’s always a bad bet to bank on any non-quarterback winning MVP. The most recent running back to win was Adrian Peterson when he literally carried a mediocre Minnesota Vikings team with a historically great season. Sure, if Leonard Fournette rushes for 2,000 yards then he might win, but even that’s not a sure thing.
We don’t need Fournette to be the MVP, we just need him to be really good.