Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette believes an improved passing game will immensely help their rushing attack
The Jacksonville Jaguars had an extremely disappointing 2018 season, but Leonard Fournette thinks they can get back to their old heights. After making the AFC Championship Game in 2017, expectations were understandably high heading into last year. Instead of building on their success, they fell flat on their faces.
They ended up going just 5-11 and finishing in last place in the division. The main reason for the fall-off was the terrible quarterback play they got from Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler.
The Jags made a splash move this offseason when they went out and signed Nick Foles to be their new starter. Jacksonville needs Foles to be comfortable, and Fournette thinks a good ground game is key to Foles’ success.
“It’s kind of hand-in-hand, the running game helping the passing game, the passing game helping the running game,” Fournette said, via Phillip Heilman of The Athletic. “We believe that’s going to happen in the season.”
Fournette has the reputation of a bruising runner who is more of an old-school back, but he thinks he’ll be able to help Foles out a lot in the passing game.
“I’m a natural catcher. We’re just working on little things. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re getting there — as a coaching staff, players, our unit, everybody. We’ve got to keep working hard and working together, and it will come together,” he explained.
Last year was a disappointment for Fournette as well, as he dealt with injuries, a suspension, and criticism from his front office and coaching staff.
This is a pivotal year for the LSU product, and he needs to prove he should be in the Jaguars’ long-term plans in 2019.