Leonard Fournette says NFL is slower than he thought, “really easy”


Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette thinks the NFL is a breeze.

Fournette told NFL Network after his first preseason game that the step up in competition didn’t faze him at all. In fact, while many players say the speed of the game is difficult to get used to in the NFL, Fournette thought the opposite was true after he carried nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in a preseason win over the Patriots.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”

Fournette said he’s always dealt with plenty of pressure and doesn’t think the pressure of being a pro will be any worse.

“I’ve had pressure my whole life,” Fournette said. “I’m built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I’ve never let the game get bigger than me and I’ve always stayed humble. That’s number one.”

Fournette isn’t lacking for confidence, but comments like that from a rookie may motivate some veteran defenders on other teams to make sure he doesn’t have a “really easy” day against them.

77 responses to “Leonard Fournette says NFL is slower than he thought, “really easy”

  1. Ha ha. Dude, not only was it preaseason but you were also facing the Patriots D without a single starter.

    Not one single starter.

    You also managed a whopping 3.4 ypc – nothing to really write home about either. I’m guessing Marrone will be on his ass about this comment.

  2. Scary that he has adopted Trump-speak. Healthcare, tax reform & defeating ISIS will be so easy… Then after repeated failure, he says, “who knew it was so hard”? As vets have said for decades, SHUT UP ROOKIE.

  3. Sounds like he lacks perspective.
    And that’s exactly what you want to see in a rookie, right? 🙂

  4. He’ll see it different when he isn’t playing against 3 string and people who won’t be in the league in a month.

  5. Comments were taken out of context ..he was saying the transition from the SEC to the NFL was easy, not that the league is easy ..besides, he played against a bunch of 3rd string scrubs

  6. I get what he’s saying. The players in the SEC had speed and they keyed on stopping him. He didn’t play with a good QB in college. There were probably nine guys in the box all focusing on him. Fournette is a man among boys. He’s a poor man’s Bo Jackson, which is still really good.

  7. Those comments “I’ve always stayed humble” and “it’s a lot slower than I thought…it was really easy” are contradictory. I’m rooting for the kid but damn that was a very dumb thing to say. I wonder if he realizes he wasn’t facing one single starter and still barely averaged over 3 ypc…can’t wait to hear what he has to say after he faces that Houston defense for the first time this year

  8. Scary that he has adopted Trump-speak. Healthcare, tax reform & defeating ISIS will be so easy… Then after repeated failure, he says, “who knew it was so hard”? As vets have said for decades, SHUT UP ROOKIE.


    To trumps defense, his policies are destroying isis. Tax reform and obamacare nonsense would be easy if the rhinos werent such scumbags

  9. Jaguars at Texans in week 1. JJ Watt thinks it’s his duty to put rookies in their place when he doesn’t like something they did/said (remember Zach Mettenberger and his pre-game selfie?). Now someone in the Texans’ media department is showing him this.

    Can’t stand the way Watt runs his mouth, either. So now I kind of can’t wait to see what happens.

    Meanwhile, Blake Bortles is probably hoping Fournette finds the speed of the NFL pass rush is a lot slower than he expected when he has pass blocking assignments.

  10. He does realize it was a preseason game, right ? Where the game doesn’t count and your basically going against 2nd-3rd string players.

  11. Considering the fact that he only has 9 carries against non-Jaguars players – I think he’s saying the Jags defense sucks.

  12. burndownhottopic says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:05 am
    “The tyrant is a child of Pride
    Who drinks from his sickening cup
    Recklessness and vanity,
    Until from his high crest headlong
    He plummets to the dust of hope.”
    I think I’ve seen this quote on a shirt being sold at Hot Topic…busted.

  13. Yes, self ascribed humility, right.

    Isn’t it supposed to be that ‘I’ve never let myself get bigger than the game,’ not the other way around?

    I like this kid. Thick headed Rhodes scholars tend to ego their way through defenders.

  14. It didn’t look faster than college because he was playing against the same level of competition as he did in college. Those weren’t NFL players on the other side of the ball. The Pats started 3rd string defenders and nobodies against Jax’s 1st team offense. By the end of the 1st qtr even the few 3rd stringers were out for New England. There are not many roster slots available with the Pats. This may be what we see for the bulk of the preseason, evaluating a lot of bodies for very few spots and keeping the 1’s & 2’s healthy.

  15. gbpackfan3 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Those comments “I’ve always stayed humble” and “it’s a lot slower than I thought…it was really easy” are contradictory.

    Has to be said again.

  16. Meh he’s a rookie what does he know. Probably doesn’t realize none of the Pats 1st or 2nd string defenders was even on the field last night and it was the 3s and the 4s/5s who won’t even be on the roster after the cutdown that he was facing.

  17. He looked good but he hasn’t played at regular season game speed against starters yet. The Patriots played zero starters on offense or defense last night. Maybe only 2 or 3 guys will even get game time in the regular season.

    He would have a decent idea from the joint practice though and he certainly has power.

  18. Someone forgot to tell him that NFL speed has four gears:

    Practice Speed
    Pre-season Game Speed
    Regular Season Game Speed
    Post-season Game Speed

  19. haha, you can’t make this stuff up, what an utter moron. And dude, i don’t think “humble” means what you think it does. A rude awakening is headed his way

  20. He talks like a rookie who just did mediocre against 2’s and 3’s. Wait ’til he faces the 1’s in the regular season. I’m sure his coaches are already after him because of that quote.

  21. It was the first pre-season game (which are basically talent evaluation scrimmages)…I doubt he’ll think regular season competition is that easy.

  22. I agree with those who say the kid is really naive if he thinks pre-season has any resemblance to the real NFL games.
    I have a feeling teams are going to be just a little more cranked up to show him it isn’t as easy as he thinks.

  23. Everyone here seems to get it, the preseason IS easy (relatively) and then the regular season starts and you have defensive starters running full speed. We’ll see what he says when he realizes that linebackers he used to fake out, run over, or run past in college now are equal to his skill level and will blow him up on a regular basis.
    The same thing can be said for all the rookie QBs that look good in preseason and then when it turns into the real deal look lost and confused.

  24. People commenting about how he was facing second and third stringers and how the pre-season is completely different than the regular season are correct, but are also missing the point.

    I want to know why a rookie who ran 9 times for 31 yards thinks he had a good game.

  25. I expect at some point, as he’s getting himself out from under a pile he’ll hear,

    Is that fast enough for you?

    Probably sooner than later and more often than he’ll appreciate.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Can you imagine if a Pats rookie RB said this?

    BB would cut him.

    No I could not imagine any Patriots player, never mind a rookie, saying that but if he did you can be sure Belichick would not cut the #4 overall pick before he ever took a meaningful snap. The Hoodie does not casually dispose of assets

  27. Its easy to talk when you play the second and third stringers,I want to hear what he has to say after the first real game when the regular defense is in there for four quarters and had a week or more to game prep for him and his offense.something tells me the game will speed up on him considerably as the weeks go by.

  28. I believe Ezekial Elliott said something similar last year – but he had the Oline in front of him.
    Jags Oline has been terrible for 5 years.

  29. Sounds like he is looking for his “welcome to the NFL” package. Don’t worry, it will arrive soon.

  30. Dude this isnt LSU 3.5 yards per carry doesnt cut it. By NFL standards you had a poor day. If your considering that a good performance then of course it was easier then you were told it was gonna be. Players who talk about how fast it is are saying so in the context of trying to average 5 yards per carry.

  31. Wow! He had a whole 3.44 YPC against a second defensive crew at best.

    Planet Earth to Over Confident, Coddled, Narsitic Athelete, 3.44 over your career against NFL starters wouldn’t crack the top 200 RB career YPC!!!!

  32. Yes, because Trent Richardson has torn the league apart.
    I feel like we have this discussion every year with “Can Alabama beat the Browns?”
    And every year, we have to remind ourselves the NFL is a collection of college All Star teams that have played together for years. Bama or LSU have 10 or 15 NFL players in their starting lineup every year (and that’s a high estimate.
    It’s just plain dumb to compare an amateur competition to a professional competition.

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