A.J. Bouye may make “business decisions” against Leonard Fournette

AP

Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye enjoys putting on the pads in training camp, but he’s not eager to tackle one particular teammate: Rookie Leonard Fournette, the big, strong and fast running back from LSU.

Bouye said on PFT Live that instead of a full-speed, head-on collision with Fournette, he’d prefer grabbing him and “just holding on til the cavalry comes.” Bouye, who’s listed at 191 pounds, said that he doesn’t want to unnecessarily jeopardize himself against Fournette, who weighed 240 at the Scouting Combine.

“Sometimes you got to make business decisions,” Bouye said.

The Jaguars will be fine with that approach. They don’t need their prize free agent signing and their fourth overall draft pick going at it in practice. Those collisions would better be saved for the other team.

22 responses to “A.J. Bouye may make “business decisions” against Leonard Fournette

  1. That’s what Cam does in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl when he fumbles the ball. He actually admitted it.

  2. That’s exactly what a team that just made you one of the highest paid corners in the NFL wants to hear. ” I don’t want to tackle him, he’s too big and strong”. LOL! This is what happens when you pay a player after 1 career season in a contract year. Don’t blame him, blame the team.

  3. HOW CAN WE GET POLITICS OUT OF FOOTBALL? I AM DISMAYED SOMETIMES WHEN I COME HERE TO TALK FOOTBALLL BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL FINDING WAYS TO SPOIL OUR JOY OF FOOTBALL.WHATEVER YOUR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, IT’S FOOTBALL TIME. LET’S NJOY.

  4. billsbackto81 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:14 AM
    That’s exactly what a team that just made you one of the highest paid corners in the NFL wants to hear. ” I don’t want to tackle him, he’s too big and strong”. LOL! This is what happens when you pay a player after 1 career season in a contract year. Don’t blame him, blame the team.
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    So you’re attacking the Jags high priced free agent corner for not hitting a 240lb specimen in freaking practice??? That’s Neanderthal reasoning right there buddy. I would take it a step further and have my prized cornerback take the Deion Sanders approach to tackling. I’m paying my corners to cover not to be tackling machines.

  5. 6thsense10 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:38 AM
    billsbackto81 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 9:14 AM
    That’s exactly what a team that just made you one of the highest paid corners in the NFL wants to hear. ” I don’t want to tackle him, he’s too big and strong”. LOL! This is what happens when you pay a player after 1 career season in a contract year. Don’t blame him, blame the team.
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    So you’re attacking the Jags high priced free agent corner for not hitting a 240lb specimen in freaking practice??? That’s Neanderthal reasoning right there buddy. I would take it a step further and have my prized cornerback take the Deion Sanders approach to tackling. I’m paying my corners to cover not to be tackling machines.

    I’m paying them to stop drives….that sometimes includes tackling.

  6. —–
    So you’re attacking the Jags high priced free agent corner for not hitting a 240lb specimen in freaking practice??? That’s Neanderthal reasoning right there buddy. I would take it a step further and have my prized cornerback take the Deion Sanders approach to tackling. I’m paying my corners to cover not to be tackling machines.
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    I understand it’s practice and no one wants to get hurt when it doesn’t count. But this is football, not checkers. To put it out there that you’d prefer not hitting big, physical RBs sends the wrong message. Like “I got my money” so now it’s time to coast and stay healthy. And please, don’t compare Bouye to Prime Time. Deion can get away
    with not tackling, Bouye not so much.

  7. I know I’m supposed to be there, I know I’m supposed to lead by example, I know that. And I’m not shoving it aside like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important. I do. I honestly do. But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man!

    We’re talking about practice! We’re talking about practice… We ain’t talking about the game! We’re talking about practice, man! When you come to the arena, and you see me play… You see me play, don’t you?

  8. he may wind up being an overpaid bust, and as a titans fan i’m hoping that happens. but noooo you don’t want your 191 #1 cb tackling a 240 lb specimen like fournette in freaking practice. other teams 240 lb rb in a real game? sure absolutely, but not in practice. just like you don’t hit the qb in practice.

    that old school line of thinking is why jeff fisher is perennially 7-9.

  9. He’ll be a great corner. Look for Jacksonville to go 8-8 or better this season.

  10. And……. this response will certainly piss a lot of people off. We are message boarders… we want to hear that our players will be willing to die tackling a freight train if that’s want’s needed.

  11. Corners absolutely have to tackle and shouldn’t “just cover” as someone stated above. Corners blitz. Corners have to help tackle ball carriers when they get past the line.

  12. From what I remember (and it could have had to do with his knees too), there wasn’t a lot of contact going on with Jerome Bettis and the defense in practice too.

  13. I understand some of you guys are fans of the team/player but this is not how a player, any player should act. Practice is there among other things to get bodies used to light and semi-hard contact so players don’t get injured during full-contact games. Bouye is hurting both himself and Fournette with this attitude, not to mention the awful example to other players. If coaches are OK with him, why should others try hard and risk injury?

    A real fan of the team wouldn’t try to justify Bouye to “haters”, a real fan would actually be more upset than them and try somehow to convey this message to his team.

  14. Richard Sherman avoids tackles? That’s just ignorant, guy.

    I’m not even sure why this is a news item. Of course no coach wants his CB trying to tackle his RB in practice, even when we aren’t talking about two very key players. Letting one or both get injured in practice is an easy way to get fired

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