Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nothing Handed to Fournette Yet; Jags' Top Pick Eager to Put on Pads, Become No. 1 Tailback

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nothing Handed to Fournette Yet; Jags' Top Pick Eager to Put on Pads, Become No. 1 Tailback

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Byline: John Reid

Throughout the Jaguars' organized team activities and mini-camp, rookie Leonard Fournette showed flashes to make quick cuts and outrun players in the secondary after catching passes out of the backfield.

However, it wasn't enough to change Coach Doug Marrone's mind yet. He still has Fournette as his No. 2 tailback behind veteran Chris Ivory, keeping his word that the top-rated back, who rushed for 3,830 yards and scored 40 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU, must work his way up the depth chart even on a football team that won only three games in 2016.

"People got to earn things,'' Marrone said. "We really haven't done anything. We will see how it goes. We haven't practiced.''

Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, could not put his exceptional combination of power and speed on full display during the team's 13 offseason practices because no contact drills were allowed.

But Fournette says he can't wait for the pads to finally come in five weeks with the start of the training camp.

"The first day in pads, it's going to be crazy,'' Fournette said. "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."

Fournette said he doesn't have a problem getting tough love from Marrone or having to compete to earn his spot. He said he went through a similar situation at LSU when he first arrived on campus as one of the top recruits in the country.

"My freshman year in college, I wasn't with the ones yet,'' Fournette said. "It's something you have to work on. It's something you have to get better of doing, of competing. That's everybody's job out here. Nobody is promised anything so you have to compete until your number is called."

Regardless, Fournette is expected to be a big part of the team's offense. The Jaguars already have a significant number of plays designed specifically for Fournette. They are expecting him to be a punishing runner, capable of breaking long runs and providing short-yardage gains. …

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