Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t sure if Jaguars will keep Leonard Fournette around
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a franchise in limbo. Despite it being only three years since their run to the AFC Championship, it’s clear things have taken a turn for the worse. The “Sacksonville” defense that led them to that AFC title game is long gone, and the offense hasn’t shown any signs of improvement. One part of that disappointing offense is running back Leonard Fournette.
After being taken with the fourth overall pick, expectations were high for the tailback. Fournette hasn’t lived up to those expectations and has supplemented his middling production with a couple of off-field issues. NFL Network’s Maurice Jones-Drew voiced his doubts about Fournette’s future in Duval.
“Head coach Doug Marrone is on the chopping block, and there are rumors that the Jags could clean house… I’m not sure the franchise keeps him around” Jones-Drew said.
Although MJD does know a fair amount about running backs, it would be a surprise to see Fournette moved before next season. He’s a talented player on his rookie contract. That’s never easy to find.
Another thing he has working for him is the lack of running back depth behind him. The next back listed on the depth chart is fifth-round rookie Ryquell Armstead. Armstead has 73 rushing yards on 24 attempts this season, averaging out to a measly 3.0 yards per carry.
With no reason to believe in anyone but Fournette in the backfield, it’s hard to imagine the Jaguars replacing him, especially with the rookie contract discount they’re getting.