Leonard Fournette: First day in full pads will be ‘crazy’

21 Jun


For most incoming rookies, it’s safe to say that we cannot make a sound judgement before the pads come on.

But for Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound behemoth, that might ring especially true.


“The first day in pads, it’s going to be crazy,” Fournette said, via Jacksonville.com. “Instead of me running towards Calais (Campbell) and stopping, I have to really block him now. That’s one of the things that’s in the back of my head. It should be fun going out there, getting better, competing with each other, getting each other better. I love this team.”

The Jaguars have to be eagerly anticipating the first collision between their first-round pick and a defender meeting him in the gap. While training camps across the league have significantly scaled back their intensity over the years, Jacksonville’s success depends on Fournette’s ability to translate some of his best assets from the college game to the NFL. If he’s not an inside the tackles pile-pusher on top of the all-around talents he displayed at LSU and the scouting combine, it’s going to be a difficult pick to justify.

In many ways, he seems like the perfect player to usher in the Doug Marrone/Tom Coughlin era. Coughlin long coveted players of Fournette’s size and ability while with the Giants and now has the ability to recreate some of his hardest hitting, inside-the-tackle offenses.

Much of that is up to Fournette, though. If the full padded practices live up to the hype and turn out to be crazy, Jacksonville will have a lot to look forward to.

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