The Jacksonville Jaguars found their bread and butter with a formidable rushing attack in the 2017 campaign. At the forefront of their success on the ground was running back Leonard Fournette.

Despite being a rookie, Fournette established himself as one of the most powerful runners in the league. However, according to John Reid of the Florida Times-Union, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is hoping to reduce the number of hits he endures moving forward:

″I think as a young player getting to this level and then he really ran hard and did a really good job,” Hackett recently said. “But I think he almost took too many hits. I just want him to be able to understand the system more so he can run even smarter, but still never lose that aggressiveness.″

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Needless to say, Hackett is asking for quite the balancing act from Fournette. The former fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft have no problems translating his aggressive running style to the pro level. He finished the year with 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns while hauling in 36 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown. However, the Jaguars are well-aware of Fournette’s potential in the years to come.

It makes sense that Jacksonville wants to reduce the number of hits he receives. Although it may not be a concern right away, the physicality of the position can take its toll over the course of the season. That said, it is best to take precautionary measures to reduce the wear and tear. Of course, a good place to start will be making sure Fournette does not continue to instigate defenders in the open field.