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Leonard Fournette has to “go and show” he can be Jaguars starter

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The Jaguars used the fourth overall pick of the draft on running back Leonard Fournette, which suggests high hopes for what he can bring to the team’s offense after starring at LSU.

That suggests he’ll be playing a big role from the start of his career in Jacksonville, although head coach Doug Marrone isn’t veering from the well-worn path he and his peers have taken when it comes to discussing incoming rookies. While the Jaguars might have taken Fournette in a spot that says they believe he’s a difference-maker, Marrone won’t be installing him as a starter in May.

“Obviously when we made the pick we were thinking about [how] he can be someone like that,” Marrone said, via ESPN.com. “Obviously he’s shown that ability, but at the same sense, when you have the team, the one thing about a team is you have to earn that. So he’s going to have to go and show that he has to do that.”

Fournette could conceivably wind up with a smaller role than expected if he doesn’t apply himself during the offseason and preseason, but the Jaguars didn’t draft him because they want to stick with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon as the drivers of their run game. Fournette is in Jacksonville to be a focal point of the offense and anything other than that come September will represent a major wrong turn for the Jaguars.

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17 Responses to “Leonard Fournette has to “go and show” he can be Jaguars starter”
  1. lsuzilla says: May 14, 2017 11:34 AM

    I guess Marrone is unfamiliar with his current awful running game. He only looks dumb playing the “motivate the rookie” song and dance

  2. v2787 says: May 14, 2017 11:46 AM

    If Fournette doesn’t take the running game to a new level, the Jags are gonna look really stupid. They’d better find a way to leverage this guy’s talent, for if they don’t then Marrone should be fired. It’s not like Ivory and Yeldon are all-pros. Fournette should be a lot better than any other running back on the roster.

  3. joeytorontosucks says: May 14, 2017 12:01 PM

    3 Jags articles today this is insanee!!!

  4. thereyougo2 says: May 14, 2017 12:18 PM

    Hey Josh, your kidding with this, right ? Marrone has been a joke where ever he has coached.

  5. zibet says: May 14, 2017 12:29 PM

    please.

  6. trainwrecksryan says: May 14, 2017 12:34 PM

    How long until the rest of the team shows they’re qualified to start?

  7. thetwilightsown says: May 14, 2017 12:40 PM

    Standard May football story – cast some doubt that a high pick will pan out, get the clicks, move along. I couldn’t care less about the Jags but this “story” is laughable.

  8. abninf says: May 14, 2017 1:13 PM

    Ezekiel Elliott, 4th pick, NFL rushing leader in his rookie season, first team All Pro. Good luck with that, Jags haha

  9. abninf says: May 14, 2017 1:15 PM

    joeytorontosucks says:

    3 Jags articles today this is insanee!!!
    ===================================

    Better than yet another article trying to promote Kaepernick.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 14, 2017 2:53 PM

    Fournette will be a bust in the NFL. Bama defense shut him down and exposed him. The same Bama defense that Ezekiel Elliot ran all over in the CFP few years back.

  11. thetwilightsown says: May 14, 2017 3:11 PM

    abninf says:
    May 14, 2017 1:15 PM
    joeytorontosucks says:

    3 Jags articles today this is insanee!!!
    ===================================

    Better than yet another article trying to promote Kaepernick.

    ———————-

    What’s Kaepernick ever done to you, except stand up for what he believes as many good Americans have over the tumultuous history of this country? How offensive! Here’s a crazy idea: don’t pay attention to him

  12. xxsweepthelegxx says: May 14, 2017 3:27 PM

    thetwilightsown says:
    May 14, 2017 3:11 PM
    abninf says:
    May 14, 2017 1:15 PM
    joeytorontosucks says:

    3 Jags articles today this is insanee!!!
    ===================================

    Better than yet another article trying to promote Kaepernick.

    ———————-

    What’s Kaepernick ever done to you, except stand up for what he believes as many good Americans have over the tumultuous history of this country? How offensive! Here’s a crazy idea: don’t pay attention to him
    —————–
    He made me buy BOSE head phones and believe that he ‘was the man.” In other words, he lied to me.

    And and he ‘stood’ up for his beliefs by dis-honoring one of the more American things in this country. No one should argue what he was supporting but the way he went about bringing attention wasn’t wel thought out.

  13. phishead1313 says: May 14, 2017 4:22 PM

    The oline sucks.especially without Albert..

  14. stillabengalsfan says: May 14, 2017 5:36 PM

    joeytorontosucks says:
    —–

    Have pondered similar screen names in the past… if you were next to me at the bar, I’d buy you a beer.

  15. tonebones says: May 14, 2017 7:39 PM

    Obviously he has to go and show what he can do. That should take one or two carries. If defenses stack 9 in the box and they still run the ball, it might take 3 or 4 carries.

  16. walker1191 says: May 14, 2017 10:19 PM

    Marrone is doing what any smart coach would do – namely to say that at this point – in early May – after only a couple of practices – no decisions about the final roster have been made, let alone the week 1 starters.

    To do otherwise would be foolish and unnecessary.

  17. micknangold says: May 15, 2017 9:01 AM

    Even if he winds up being very good it was a bad pick. Taking a RB top 5 is idiotic in the long-term.

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