Leonard Fournette
Leonard Fournette
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Fournette put together a productive season last year, adding value as a receiver to his solid work on the ground. A physical runner who prefers going through tacklers rather than around them but still possesses breakaway speed in the open field, the LSU product posted the highest yards per carry of his career despite the struggles of the offensive line, but it was his shocking volume through the air - 100 targets that really stood out. Fournette saw nearly double the number of targets per game that he had through his first two NFL seasons, and he was one of only four running backs in the league to finish with triple-digit targets, joining Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Tarik Cohen. At first glance, that group seems like the football version of the Sesame Street game, "One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others)." Of course, there are a few reasons to believe Fournette's target volume won't carry forward. His two biggest target games came when Nick Foles started, not Gardner Minshew, and new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden likely plans to use old Washington friend Chris Thompson on passing downs. If the Jaguars offense as a whole improves, however, Fournette could at least replace some of his lost receiving production with more touchdowns. He found the end zone only three times last year on 341 touches, an abysmal rate that almost can't help but to see positive regression this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $27.15 million contract with the Jaguars in May of 2017. Jaguars declined $8.4 million team option for 2021 in May of 2020.
Working out near Dallas
RBJacksonville Jaguars
June 24, 2020
Fournette has been working out in Texas this offseason, John Shipley of SI.com 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 ball carrier 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 offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, formerly the head coach in Washington.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Leonard Fournette's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
12.8%
 
Positive Run %
79.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
65.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
1.1%
 
Touches Per Game
22.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
37.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
17.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
76.0%
 
Drop Rate
5.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.4
 
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2019 Leonard Fournette Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Leonard Fournette's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
228 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
A bruising running style and heavy workload dating to his college days caught up with Fournette last year. Various lower-body injuries cost him seven games, and a league suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct sidelined him for one more. When he was on the field, Fournette often looked sluggish, and his 3.3 YPC can't be dismissed as merely a product of too many carries in short-yardage situations (11 carries inside the 5-yard line, T-15th). Nonetheless, the Jaguars seem committed to the 2017 fourth overall pick as their bell cow, letting T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde leave in free agency and then replacing them with former Texans backup Alfred Blue and fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead. When he's 100 percent healthy, Fournette still shows power and explosiveness, with just enough wiggle to make the occasional defender miss in space despite presenting such a large target. His running style fits the team's smash-mouth personality, and with Nick Foles replacing Blake Bortles under center, the offense could become even more dependent on its ground attack. Fournette doesn't offer much as a receiver, though, so what upside he possesses comes via goal-line opportunities and touchdown potential --- all of his rushing TDs last season came inside the 5-yard line. The team is still committed to winning on the basis of its rushing attack and defense; Fournette just needs to stay healthy enough to take advantage of the plan.
Nagging lower-body injuries cost Fournette three games his rookie season and caused him to look less than 100 percent healthy in a few more, but the Jaguars otherwise had few complaints about the No. 4 overall pick. At 6-0, 228, Fournette runs with purpose if not outright menace, using his ferocious burst to attack holes and tacklers head on, and he finished 10th among running backs in evaded tackles. He's more than just a power back, though, showing respectable hands as a receiver and improving instincts as a pass protector, along with nimble feet that can leave defenders looking foolish on the rare occasions he decides to avoid contact rather than plowing through it. The Jaguars gave Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon some run last season to keep Fournette fresh, but the rookie still saw plenty of carries as the offense evolved into a clock-chewing complement to the team's elite defense. His history of injuries dating back to college is a concern, and even with Ivory out of the picture, Fournette's workload may not increase much with Corey Grant set to take on a larger role in the backfield. Fournette's work at the goal line - he tied for 10th in the league with nine carries inside the 5-yard line - should ensure he remains productive, and the signing of G Andrew Norwell stabilizes the offensive line.
Ankle injuries limited Fournette to seven games in his final season at LSU but didn't cost him on draft day, as the Jaguars pounced on him with the fourth overall pick to be their new lead running back. At 6-1, 235, he's a dominant physical runner who terrorized college defenses with his combination of speed and burst, not to mention the willingness, even the desire, to run over and through would-be tacklers. Fournette does have a little finesse to his game, showing good balance in traffic and some receiving skill, but his angry, downhill style is best suited for a running game designed to wear down the opposition over four quarters. Such a scheme would be a departure for a Jacksonville offense that previously was built around Blake Bortles, but head coach Doug Marrone and new executive VP Tom Coughlin both prefer an old-school, smash-mouth style, so such a change wouldn't be surprising. If there's one concern with Fournette it's his ability to hold up under the punishment his running style exacts over a 16-game NFL schedule, but he'll head into camp fully recovered from last year's ankle woes. Even with T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory still on the roster to share the carries, Fournette is expected to see a heavy workload right away to justify his draft slot, and he could emerge as the league's next true bell cow.
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Fifth-year option declined
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Neck
May 1, 2020
The Jaguars have elected to decline Fournette's fifth-year option, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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No movement on trade
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Neck
April 23, 2020
Multiple NFL executives said there hasn't been any movement on a potential Fournette (neck) trade, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Discussed in trade rumors
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Neck
April 18, 2020
Fournette (neck) is a candidate to be traded in the coming weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Totals 1,674 scrimmage yards
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Neck
January 15, 2020
Fournette (neck) sat out the Jaguars' Week 17 game against the Colts and finished the season with 1,152 rushing yards (4.3 per carry) and 76 catches for 522 yards with three total touchdowns.
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Inactive as expected
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Neck
December 29, 2019
Fournette (neck/illness) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.
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