“I Don’t Have To Get Beat Up Every Week”

September 8th, 2020

Leonard Fournette talks workload

Leonard Fournette averaged 23 touches a game last year. That’s one more per game than Doug Martin had in his Pro Bowl rookie season with the Fighting Schianos of Tampa Bay!

It was a huge workload and Fournette knows it. He was a workhorse in Jacksonville. And Fournette told Joe and virtually assemble Bucs media today that he’s happy to land in Tampa.

Joe asked Fournette about whether it might be a challenge for him to adjust to a part-time role, as he’s always been “the guy.”

Fournette said it’s no big deal and he’ll let it all take care of itself.

Later, he also noted with a bit of happiness in his voice, “I don’t have to get beat up every week.”

He’s sure right about that. The Bucs are loaded at receiver, defenses won’t be keying on Fournette, and Joe would be stunned if Fournette doesn’t average at least 4 1/2 yards per carry — however many carries he ends up with.

10 Responses to ““I Don’t Have To Get Beat Up Every Week””

  1. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Man, it would be great to have 12-15 rushes per game for both him and rojo. If that happens and tampa runs same amount of plays per game that gives us about 35-40 pass plays. Thats 55% pas 45% run. Ideal gameplan, adjust if one guy is lighting it up.

  2. Hodad Says:

    That’s why the talk of who’s going to be the starter is pointless, and stupid. Him, and Jones will split carries, doesn’t really matter who’s called the “starter”. They won’t be alone. McCoy will factor in also.

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    I just like the fact that RoJo has some serious competition for his snaps. He’s gotta make a statement when he gets the ball on Sunday…….If not somebody behind him will make their own statement.

    This will only bring out the best in RoJo. He’s got serious pressure on him now. That’s a good thing. Great job by the Front Office to create this type of situation.

  4. Gettinthebucs Says:

    The difference with Fournette is he can take it the distance at any moment. He was drafted high for a reason. Go look at his combine numbers. People his size aren’t supposed to be able to move like that.

  5. Jason Says:

    3 different running backs, with 3 different styles sharing snaps based on the situation and chewing up defenses? 3 headed dog Cerberus!!!

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    This guy is one of those break away runners. He’ll be starting before midseason. Mark my words. I’m not usually high on a lot of our acquisitions. But the football Gods were good to us on this one. Sit back and watch this guy flat out…Run.

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    BA has always been a RB by committee.

    Let Fournette tear up the defense in the second half the game when the defense is worn out.

  8. BuccoDav Says:

    Are 23 touches a game a lot by today’s standards… I think running backs of old would ridicule that number.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Our running game may resemble SF’s last year with three backs splitting duties…major difference…our three are more talented.

  10. Issac haggins Says:

    RJ27 just doesn’t have natural hands but you will see a few highlight runs this year and he can be mega dangerous with some lil dump offs ,,,,,,,, now if you throw to him over the middle on 7 yard quick live routes or 15 yard flares it prob isn’t going to go real well and that’s on the Coaches …….

    Bruce has really helped Light and I’m hoping Tommy Boy can help Byron and Bruce ,,,… ole 27 is faster than given credit for , has decent top end and given the chance to get rolling more elusive than any Buc fan has yet to see ……… I hope he gets enough touches to make me look good !! The guy is a bad ass , it’s a shame his hands just aren’t all the natural !!