If this is the final season Leonard Fournette wears a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform, how will the running back impact this football team in 2020?
The former 2017 first-round draft pick ran for a career-high 1,152 yards, caught 76 passes and played in 15 games – all career highs. He was a vocal leader on the field and showed more leadership in the locker room.
Oh, how things change in a year.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that Fournette would be run out of town after the final year of his rookie deal. The notion of riding the legs the former LSU standout until he was out of gas wasn’t lost on the local media as we discussed in detail whether or not Fournette would get to his second contract here in North Florida.
While Fournette may not get a contract extension or the team may decide to forego picking up his fifth-year option, Fournette has shown he can put this offense on his back and become the dual-threat other running backs like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara have become known for.
The puzzle pieces around Fournette are changing with each passing day. The veterans he ran with as a rookie has moved on to greener pastures. Looking around, and has even eluded to it on his Twitter account, it seems like he is the only one left to will this team to victory.
It’s not entirely true with quarterback Gardner Minshew and wide receiver DJ Chark on board. But seeing is believing. These Jaguars are watching the sand through the hourglass, knowing this is a season of “win now” or more changes will be made.
The framework of the front office has also changed and all the while, the running game revolves around No. 27. It remains to be seen if this is the final season Jacksonville Jaguars fans will see Leonard Fournette toting a football in a black and teal uniform.
As long as Leonard Fournette is part of the offense in Jacksonville, he will remain the face of the team’s gameplan. Here are three bold predictions for him in 2020.