The news coming out of the Jacksonville Jaguars press conference was very grim to end the weekend, as star rookie running back Leonard Fournette suffered a minor foot injury. The head coach, Doug Marrone, addressed this issue promptly, and said the team plans on treating the injury as a serious one, and will limit his activities for the foreseeable future.
Fournette, who also made recent headline news, calling the NFL game “easy” and “slower than expected,” has been rubbing NFL players the wrong way by not taking things in stride. Fournette, who was a first round pick for the Jaguars out of LSU, looks to help the Jacksonville squad who hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since the days of Maurice Jones-Drew, back in 2011. The Jaguars fully expect him to have the same type of impact Ezekiel Elliott had for the Dallas Cowboys last season.
A quick look at the Jaguars early season schedule shows games against the Houston Texans to open the season, then back home against the resurgent Tennesse Titans, followed by the Ravens and Jets.
If Fournette is for some reason not able to go at full speed the first few weeks of the season, the Jaguars could find themselves in an early season hole with losing key divisional games. These early games will be key in setting the tone for the upcoming season.
The reality is, the Jaguars are not built the same way the Cowboys were last year, and they do not have a reliable quarterback in Blake Bortles.
Newly anointed team president, and former Jaguars coach, Tom Coughlin, has had great things to say about his young running back, but even he must realize that this team will experience some “growing pains” on the way to getting back to be a true contender in the AFC South.
For now, the Jaguars and their fans will hope that the severity of Fournette’s injury is on the milder side, or they will be left with little reason to be excited for the 2017 NFL season. Fingers crossed Jags fans, as Fournette could give everyone a reason to be optimistic in the acceleration of the Jacksonville rebuilding project.
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