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Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

Running Back #27
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 8
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 240 lb.
College:LSU
Age:25
Born:January 18, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:JAX

Leonard Fournette: Working out near Dallas

Fournette has been working out in Texas this offseason, SI.com's John Shipley reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars declined Fournette's fifth-year option and reportedly discussed trading him, but it now appears he'll stick with the team for the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. While his role as the lead ballcarier doesn't seem to be in question, the passing-down work Fournette handled last season may now go to Chris Thompson, who is reuniting with new Jags OC Jay Gruden, formerly the head coach in Washington.

June 24, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Fifth-year option declined

The Jaguars have elected to decline Fournette's (neck) fifth-year option, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fournette has been the speculation of trade talks throughout the offseason but nothing has materialized at this point, positioning the fourth-year back to lead Jacksonville's backfield again in 2020. The team's unwillingness to pick up Fournette's fifth-year option reinforces the notion that the team is ready to move on from the back, so it wouldn't be shocking to him traded at some point. Even if he sticks around for all of this season, it will presumably be his last with the Jaguars.

May 1, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: No movement on trade

Multiple NFL executives said there hasn't been any movement on a potential Fournette (neck) trade, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It isn't clear exactly what that means, as it could be a matter of the Jaguars not making a serious effort to trade him, or it might just be that other teams aren't taking interest. There's also a middle scenario where there's a genuine desire to trade him and real interest in acquiring him, but not at the current price the Jaguars are asking. The 25-year-old running back is entering the fourth season of his rookie contract, with a May 4 deadline looming for the Jaguars to decide on picking up a fifth-year option that's guaranteed for injury only. Recent reports suggested Fournette could be traded before or during the 2020 NFL Draft.

April 23, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Discussed in trade rumors

Fournette (neck) is a possible name that could get traded in the coming weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPNreports.

Analysis: Despite compiling over 1,600 total yards and emerging as a bona fide weapon as a receiver last season, the Jaguars have reportedly entertained trade requests pertaining to their 2017 first-round pick. Potentially accelerating the trade timeline is the looming fifth-year extension deadline, with the Jaguars needing to exercise the option no later than May 30, or risk allowing Fournette to hit the open market in 2021. An interested team will likely also need to factor in the decision which might complicate the perceived trade value of Fournette, but at least for 2020, the running back's contract is at a tenable $4.16 million which should be more than enticing enough for the Jaguars to receive a worthwhile trade package if they so chose.

April 18, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Totals 1,674 scrimmage yards

Fournette (neck/illness) sat out Week 17 and finished the season with 1,152 rushing yards and a 4.3 YPC and 76 catches for 522 yards with three total touchdowns.

Analysis: The 24-year-old had a productive season and finished sixth in the NFL in scrimmage yards, but the minimal touchdown total -- no one else in the top ten had fewer than eight -- limited what was otherwise elite fantasy output. Fournette is set to enter the final guaranteed year of his rookie contract, but the Jaguars will need to decide in the spring whether to exercise his fifth-year option for 2021. Overall it was a fantastic rebound season for the third-year running back after a turbulent 2018 campaign, and he enters 2020 with a solid grip on Jacksonville's backfield.

January 15, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Inactive as expected

Fournette (neck/illness) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was downgraded to doubtful Saturday due to flu-like symptoms and posted on Twitter he likely wouldn't be able to play, and he ultimately won't be suiting up Sunday. Rookie fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead should step into a heavy backfield workload in the season finale for the Jaguars.

December 29, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Appears unlikely to play

Fournette (illness) has been downgraded to doubtful ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In a tweet posted by Fournette, the running back seemed to heavily suggest he'd be unable to play Sunday thanks to flu-like symptoms. If he were to be ruled out, the Jaguars only have two healthy running backs, Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo on the roster, with the former likely set to handle the bulk of the workload.

December 28, 2019 9:38 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Listed as questionable

Fournette (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale against the Colts.

Analysis: The running back is one of six players listed as questionable by the Jaguars this week and the 5-10 team has little incentive to push Fournette to play this weekend if he's less than 100 percent. His Week 17 status may not be confirmed until approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, but if Fournette is limited or ruled out versus Indianapolis, Ryquell Armstead would be next up for carries in the team's backfield.

December 27, 2019 10:34 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Misses Thursday's practice

Fournette (neck) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: After being listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, Fournette ended up sitting out Thursday's session. What the running back is able to do Friday will thus be telling with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Colts. If Fournette is limited or out this weekend, Ryquell Armstead would be next up for carries in the Jaguars' Week 17 backfield.

December 26, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Listed as limited on practice estimation

Fournette (neck) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimation.

Analysis: The Jaguars didn't actually practice Wednesday, so we'll have to see what Fournette does on the field Thursday before raising any red flags about his availability for Sunday's game against the Colts.

December 25, 2019 3:11 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Gains 105 yards in loss

Fournette ran for 71 yards on 15 carries and added 34 yards on three catches during Sunday's 24-12 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Fournette set up Jacksonville's first score of the day midway through the second quarter, pushing his way up field for a 23-yard run to set up a field goal. The junior back, despite the quality production, was fairly quiet for the remainder of the game. Fournette is a frustrating play as he's averaged a very impressive 111.6 total yards per game this season, but has found the end zone just thrice. He might be all the more frustrating in the season finale against the Colts, a defense that held Fournette to a season-low 57 total yards in Week 11.

December 22, 2019 4:11 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Fairly quiet in win

Fournette carried the ball 15 times for 42 yards and caught five of seven targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: The running back continues to be heavily involved in the passing game, seeing at least six targets in seven straight games while compiling 651 scrimmage yards and two TDs over that stretch. Fournette also set a new career high of 1,081 rushing yards with this performance, and he'll have two more games to pad that total, including a Week 16 road clash with the Falcons.

December 15, 2019 5:19 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Garners 18 total touches in defeat

Fournette rushed 15 times for 50 yards and secured three of six targets for 13 yards in the Jaguars' 45-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Like the rest of his teammates, Fournette turned in a lackluster outing overall, although he partly had game script to blame for less opportunity than usual. The bruising back saw a significant downturn from the 28 touches he'd averaged over the prior pair of contests, and he's now gained Sunday's 50 rushing yards or less in four of his last five contests. Fournette does continue to play a significant role as a receiver out of the backfield, and he'll look to up his production through both the ground and air in a Week 15 matchup versus the vulnerable Raiders.

December 8, 2019 7:03 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Compiles 91 total yards in loss

Fournette rushed 14 times for 38 yards and brought in nine of 11 targets for 53 yards in the Jaguars' 28-11 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Fournette paced the team in targets while tying the career-high reception total he'd just established in Week 12. A game script that saw the Buccaneers take a 25-0 lead by halftime significantly hampered the ability to stick with the run game, however, which led to Fournette's second sub-40-yard rushing yardage tally of the last three games. He'll look to bounce back to his usual numbers on the ground, possibly with Gardner Minshew back under center, in a Week 14 battle versus the Chargers.

December 1, 2019 2:34 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Scores twice in workhorse effort

Fournette carried 24 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Titans. He also caught nine of 12 targets for an additional 62 yards in the 42-20 loss.

Analysis: Fournette managed just 4.0 yards per carry but nearly reached the 100-yard mark on the ground through sheer volume. He scored one-yard touchdowns on back-to-back drives in the second half and rounded out this excellent performance with a career high in receptions as his team played catchup for much of the afternoon. This was exactly what Fournette's fantasy owners wanted to see after he managed just 57 scrimmage yards on 15 touches last week and came in with just one touchdown to his name. He will face Tampa Bay's elite run defense next Sunday, but his involvement in the passing game and near the goal line should keep him firmly in fantasy lineups.

November 25, 2019 5:18 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Limited by game script

Fournette carried the ball eight times for 23 yards in the team's Week 11 loss to the Colts. He also added seven receptions for 34 yards.

Analysis: Fournette failed to reach double-digit carries for the first time this season, racking up a season-low 23 yards on the ground in the process. The team had racked up just 145 yards prior to halftime and fell behind on the scoreboard 17-7 prior to touching the ball for the first time in the second half. That game script held Fournette back on the ground, though it did allow him to total seven receptions, salvaging his day from a total yards perspective. Things won't get any easier in Week 12 as Fournette and the Jaguars are set to face the Buccaneers -- one of the better rushing defenses in the league.

November 17, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Notable pass-catching contributions

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.

Analysis: 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.

October 13, 2019 1:26 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Finds end zone in loss

Fournette carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Panthers. He also added four receptions on seven targets for 29 yards.

Analysis: Fournette did the majority of his damage on two plays, the first coming 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, as 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, and that should remain the case in Week 6 against New Orleans.

October 6, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Huge Week 4 performance

Fournette carried the ball 29 times for 225 yards in Week 4 against the Broncos. He also added two receptions for 20 yards.

Analysis: 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.

September 29, 2019 6:25 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Dual role continues

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 19, 2019 9:08 PM EST

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