Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is one rushing TD away from tying rookie postseason record
The Jacksonville Jaguars are just one win away from making their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
A major part of the Jaguars’ surge through the playoffs to the AFC Championship game has been behind the play of rookie running back Leonard Fournette. In fact, the 23-year-old is just another end zone dash away from setting the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns by a rookie with five in the playoffs, according to Wafflehauss on Reddit.
Much of Fournette’s production came in the divisional round against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he had 109 rushing yards with three rushing touchdowns. He has proven to be a reliable source of production, especially in goal-line situations with two of his three scores coming from inside the five-yard line.
Fournette has anchored the league’s top rushing attack that saw him record 1,040 rushing yards with nine touchdowns despite playing just 13 games in the regular season due to being limited by an ankle injury. He was third in the league in rushing touchdowns, eighth in total rushing yards and fifth with 80.0 rushing yards per game. Fournette also notched five games where he ran for more than 100 yards while recording at least a touchdown nine times.
He also joined Fred Taylor as the only rookies in team history to hack up at least 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. His 1,342 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns were both the third-most by a rookie in franchise history.
Fournette will likely figure to play a major factor against the New England Patriots, who gave up the 12th-most yards during the regular season. They were able to bottle up the Tennessee Titans running in the Divisional Round giving up just 65 yards on 16 carries with just 4.1 yards per carry. This includes second-year running back Derrick Henry gaining just 28 yards on 12 attempts.
The level of impact that Fournette is able to have on the game could be a significant dictator in how the game will play out on Sunday afternoon.