Leonard Fournette is leaner, hungrier and wants this to be a season the Jacksonville Jaguars will remember.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette came to minicamp in better shape than he was last season. He shed pounds, worked hard this offseason and more importantly, he focused on what lies ahead.
The 2017 first-round draft pick said in minicamp the only thing that mattered this season was getting to the Super Bowl. After a rookie season where he gained 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns, there will be more opportunities for Fournette, if he remains healthy and the offensive line is better.
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"When asked about how he feels in training camp, Fournette told the media during an interview on Thursday he has, “been more consistent on my bursts and stuff, just a lot of conditioning I have been doing in the offseason.”"
The Jaguars will count on Fournette to once again lead the offense while the passing game works in a complementary effort. If the running game can do what it did last season, which is lead the NFL in yards per game, it means the former LSU star is having an even better 2018 campaign.
The one thing Fournette will need to improve on is his average yards per carry. An improved offensive line and run blocking can help that. No other running back faced more eight-man fronts than No. 27 last season.
The weight loss is something Fournette thinks will help him this season.
"“I want to be great. That is my weight I felt best in college – my sophomore year when I was up for the Heisman. I just wanted to take it back there,” he added."
Fournette took a lot of punishment last season, dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries. He said he will look to be more effective and aware of the sidelines when he is on the move. If he can avoid injury and play all 16 games, 1,300 yards or more is certainly possible.
Working harder this offseason he said should make a difference for him in 2018, which benefits the entire team.
“I feel healthier,” added Fournette. “I would say it is probably one of my first years feeling healthier than I ever did before. My weight is down. I am just maintaining it throughout the year.”