Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, O-line are ‘getting the trust back’
The win was keyed by a brilliant performance from Leonard Fournette, who carried the ball 29 times for a career-high 225 yards, including an 81-yard scamper.
Afterward, Fournette said that the trust he has begun to rebuild with the offensive line was a pivotal reason for his breakout game:
“The O-linemen had a dinner Thursday and [center Brandon Linder] and everybody else was like ‘We’re going to get you there this week’ and I believed in them,” Fournette said, according to Jelani Scott of NFL.com. “I think little things like that, just bonding outside of football, going to lunches with each other. That’s part of timing, too. We’re getting the trust back.”
Fournette’s outing was what the Jaguars have been waiting on for well over a year.
The third-year running back is coming off of a miserable 2018 campaign in which he played in just eight games, rushing for 439 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.3 yard per carry.
That came on the heels of an impressive rookie campaign in which Fournette totaled 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
On the 2019 season, Fournette is already nearing his rushing total from all of last year, as he has recorded 404 yards while logging 5.6 yards per attempt. He has not yet reached the end zone, but his bump in efficiency is music to Jacksonville’s ears.
The Jags improved to 2-2 with their Week 4 victory and will head on the road to battle the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.