JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguar’s management, including vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, met with running back Leonard Fournette on Wednesday and the group discussed his difficult season and plans for the future, a league source confirmed.  Jaguar has reportedly running back Leonard Fournette that his revocation late last month lifted the remaining guarantees in his four-year rookie contract.
Jaguar’s actions behind Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon are not good with Jacksonville’s vice president Tom Coughlin, who unloaded the two after a loss for Houston.
The physical backback’s production has fallen due to various injuries since 2015, but his style fits Jacksonville’s power-run attack
The NFL network first reported the meeting.
There are questions about Fournette’s maturity, commitment to football, conditioning, behavior and post-ground production after the 2018 season. There was some speculation that the team would be willing to trade – or cut him off in the offseason.
Fournette has certainly not lived to become the fourth overall election in 2017. He missed seven matches in the last season because of injuries, interrupted for another, had several inaccuracies and allowed himself to come out of shape. The season ended with a sour note when Coughlin critically criticized Fournette (who was inactive due to a foot injury) and T.J. Yeldon to sit alone on the bench and act uninterested during the season finale. Coughlin said they were “disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unpleasant for a professional football player.”
It was a terrible year for Fournette. One season after missing two injuries with injuries, Fournette missed six full matches and half of two others with the right shame during the first eight weeks and there was increased frustration within the organization about the length of his absence. The Jaguar built the crime of a power-run game and the crime was difficult to operate consistently without Fournette in the field.
All that time, apparently, had affected his conditioning. He finished the season heavier than when he enrolled in training camp when he said he was down to £ 223 (his lowest weight since his season season at the LSU). The CBS broadcast crew during the week 16 game against Miami said Fournette, who filed for £ 240 as a rookie in 2017, told him he was £ 233.
It is unusual for an NFL player to win during the season and Fournette could not do much, if any, conditioning during the time he rehabed his hoarding. He admitted that he could be in better shape.
Leonard Fournette missed seven matches this season with injuries and another due to a launch. He averaged only 3.3 meters per bear. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports
Fournette was suspended without paying to leave the bench and fight with Buffalo Bill’s defensive ruler Shaq Lawson during Jaguar’s 24-21 loss in Buffalo on November 25. Fournette said he ran across the field because he saw Lawson shuffle Carlos Hyde and wanted to defend his teammate. This is the second time Fournette has missed a game due to disciplinary reasons. The team made him inactive for a game as a rookie as a penalty to leave Jacksonville early and lacked a team photo during the holiday.
Fournette was also caught on video screaming at a fan instead of the team’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee on December 6. The video clip released on TMZ.com showed that Fournette screamed that he would “beat your ass” on an unknown fan before two people escorted Fournette away.
The Jaguar put him on the bench late in the season because of his lack of production. He did not have a bear in the third quarter against Washington in week 15 and he had a bear in the fourth quarter and left the game after injuring his foot. It left rookie David Williams – who played in only his fourth game – to carry the ball.
Fournette was also out of the field when the Jaguar tried to drive out of the clock against Miami late in the fourth quarter next week. They carry Hyde, who had five berries for 37 meters at Jaguar’s final holding. Fournette, who ran for 7 meters on the first gig of the unit before leaving the game, ended with 43 feet of 18 berries (2.4 meters per bear).
Fournette finished his second season with 439 meters and five touchdowns rushed and averaged just 3.3 meters per bear in the eight games he played. He ran for more than 53 meters just twice and never exceeded 95 meters of rush in any game. It is the first time Fournette has failed to record at least one 100-yard game in a season since its time on St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
He rushed for 1,040 meters and nine touchdowns and an average of 3.9 meters per wear like an NFL rookie.