August 31, 2020

Jaguars Release Leonard Fournette: For a year I've been waging a one-man campaign to convince people on the Internet that Leonard Fournette wasn't that bad really. That was for naught. The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Fournette today, getting nothing in return for the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft. The team's running backs are Chris Thompson, Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo.

posted by rcade to football at 09:42 AM - 8 comments

This is one of those cases where favorite son draft geography should have factored in.

Fournette should have never gone to the Jags (especially with such a high pick).

They should have taken Yulee native Derrick Henry the year before, and he stayed on the board longer than some folks thought he would. And obviously in hindsight, longer than he should have.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on August 31

The best part about missing on Henry is that he was legendary in this area. Yulee's close to Jacksonville and he set a national all-time high school rushing record there with 12,144 yards (almost seven miles).

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on August 31

Chin up, Jaguars fans, you'll be getting Trevor and Dabo headed your way next Spring.

posted by NoMich at 01:09 PM on September 01

Today's chit chat has Fournette going to the Pats. I'm not sure why. If Lamar Miller's recovery is on track, it seems like they've got enough people at RB. They might have to cut or trade someone to make room for Leonard. I'd rather see what happens if they give Damien Harris more snaps than see them reboot the group by adding Fournette.

I think one of the reasons Belichick is so fond of Saban is that the Bama roster is so deep that you can draft one of his guys in the second or third round and end up with a stud who plays like a first rounder.

posted by beaverboard at 02:19 PM on September 01

Fournette should join the Steelers. He obliterated them twice in 2017.

posted by rcade at 04:03 PM on September 01

Alvin Kamara is currently a holdout. The Saints should trade Alvin to an AFC team, then claim Fournette's contract, and bring him home.

posted by beaverboard at 09:28 PM on September 01

I didn't expect that the rest of the league wouldn't think Fournette was worth a 7th round pick or a waiver claim at age 25. His $4 million salary is around 16th among running backs. If there was any belief at all in his abilities to be an RB1 I think a team would've claimed him. Instead he'll be picked up at a serious discount that makes it easy to cut him loose.

posted by rcade at 11:45 PM on September 01

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