Jaguars TE: Leonard Fournette can be like Fred Taylor

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Because he’s a back of a certain size, there’s a temptation to turn Leonard Fournette into just a power back. And he is one of those.

But Jaguars veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said that Fournette made an immediate impression during the unpadded work so far, and put his name next to a Jaguars legend (they’re old enough to have legends, right?).

Originally, when we drafted [Fournette], I thought he was going to be one of those guys that really would show up when we put pads on, but this guy is fast,” Lewis said, via NFL.com. “He’s big, has good footwork and great vision, and he’s doing all of that without even having pads on. And you know what type of runner he is when he does have pads on.

“I think we have a great scheme in place for him to come in and just plug and play. And I think he’s going to fit great with our offense. He brings back that old-school feel, like back when we had Fred Taylor, and we were able to run the ball, possess the ball, play-action pass, take shots down the field. It’s going to help Blake [Bortles], so I’m looking forward to that.”

If Fournette can have a Taylor-like effect, he should look forward to it.

Taylor’s probably one of the more underrated runners of the last 20 years. In his 11 seasons with the Jaguars, Taylor finished with 11,271 yards, topped 1,000 yards in seven seasons, and he averaged 4.6 yards per carry. He also was the main cog in an offense which featured a good-not-great quarterback (Mark Brunell) but had very good receivers (Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith).

Bortles has some work to do before he reaches the level of good-not-great, but the Jaguars have the other offensive skill pieces in place. And if Fournette can indeed contribute the way Taylor did for more than a decade, they might finally deliver on the potential they’ve teased with for the last few years.

11 responses to “Jaguars TE: Leonard Fournette can be like Fred Taylor

  1. Only thing Fournette is missing is 4.3 speed and Shady McCoy-level elusiveness. Other than that, he is just like Fred Taylor.

  2. It’s funny when players make ridiculous comparisons like “Patrick Mahomes can be a lot like Aaron Rodgers” and you just laugh. However, this is a fair comparison – Fournette’s one of the best backs I’ve seen coming out of college since Adrian Peterson.

  3. But you’re wrong on one thing: Patrick Mahomes WILL be a lot like Aaron Rodgers… Just wait and see.

  4. Fred had those 11,000+ yards and still missed almost 60 games in his career. Scary RB. Hard to hear the boom of his game in a market so low on the totem pole

  5. Fred Taylor had the benefit on being on some really good teams. They had a good offensive line and a terrific defense. This current version is nowhere near as good as the team was during the Fred years. While Brunell wasn’t great, he’s a better QB than Bortles is at this point in time.

  6. I think he’s there b/c he could be like FT…look at the reason he’s there – do they still make hearts and brains like the old days? That’s the big question – plenty of good and stupid talent out there…

  7. Fred Taylor had the benefit on being on some really good teams. They had a good offensive line and a terrific defense. This current version is nowhere near as good as the team was during the Fred years. While Brunell wasn’t great, he’s a better QB than Bortles is at this point in time.
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    ???????? Brunell and Taylor had 2 winning seasons together and they were Taylor’s first 2 years in the NFL. In Taylor’s 2nd year he got injured. Those were the only years Jacksonville made the playoffs with both of them. During the rest of Taylors time in Jacksonville, they never won the division once.

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