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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says Leonard Fournette is ‘someone we can use in the passing game’

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette wasn’t a huge pass-catching threat during college or his first couple of years in the league, but coach Doug Marrone thinks it’s something that can be exploited this year in the offense.

During Monday’s practice, he caught three passes out of the backfield looking very comfortable in the role, and it’s something that Marrone noticed.

“People have asked me the one thing about Leonard – and this was a few years ago – and it’s his pass-catching ability,” Marrone said via the Jaguars offical site. “That’s not something that we were able to see a lot of when he was coming out of [Louisiana State University]. That wasn’t a problem against LSU. It was easier to just turn around and hand him the football. But he’s someone we can use in the passing game and he has skill. Any time we can get him the ball – whether it’s throwing him the football, pitching him the football, whatever it may be … — we have an opportunity to break tackles, and obviously he can run very well.”

During his NFL career, Fournette has caught 58 passes, and the expectations are high that number will go way up this year, and maybe even double it.

If he can be a threat out of the backfield, it will make the offense even more explosive, and it will make it even harder to load the box against the run. Watch out opposing defenses, Fournette is ready to have a big year running and catching the ball.