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Leonard Fournette does not appear to assume the entire NFL operating again factor is all that tough.
The No. four general decide within the 2017 draft exuded confidence throughout his postgame feedback following his skilled debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, a 31-24 win over the New England Patriots.
Sure rookies might be susceptible to getting swept up by the nerves of enjoying on the highest degree within the sport, however as Fournette informed James Palmer of NFL.com, that merely wasn’t the case for him.
“It is quite a bit slower than I actually thought,” Fournette stated. “That is how I have been since I first acquired into the NFL. Lots of people have been like, ‘It should be quick.’ However by me enjoying within the SEC, that sort of helped me rather a lot.
“I feel, to me, it was very easy.”
Fournette posted a good line of 31 yards on 9 carries, together with a 1-yard landing run. Whereas these numbers will not be earth-shattering, his presence on the sector was definitely sufficient to seize the eye of his head coach.
“I feel you possibly can see he’s a strong child, highly effective operating again, and I simply needed to ensure about ball safety,” Jaguars bench boss Doug Marrone stated. “Issues like you do not see if you end up at this degree, you need to see, clearly it’s a bodily recreation, and also you need to see how he reacts to it, and he had no problem with that in any respect.”
Fournette presently sits atop the Jaguars’ depth chart within the backfield, however does have a historical past of accidents that plagued the ultimate levels of his school profession at LSU. If he can show this season that these points are behind him, the rookie might develop into a recreation-altering drive on the bottom in 2017.