Leonard Fournette Is Benched

December 13th, 2020

UPDATED 11:45 a.m. – Leonard Fournette will not play today.

That’s the official word from the team, as Fournette has been declared inactive against the Vikings.

Perhaps it’s also why LeSean “Shady” McCoy has been Tweeting all kinds of messages expressing his happiness last week.

Through his last four games, Fournette has 46 yards on 19 carries and a few drops in the passing game. Ugly numbers.

Joe doesn’t know if Fournette broke a team rule, or the Bucs just want to give other players a shot. What Joe would bet at few bucks on, however, is that Tom Brady is behind this decision in some way.

Rookie RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn is active today after weeks of being buried; he hasn’t taken an offensive snap since Week 6. So that represents more change at the position.

Here are today’s Bucs inactives:

DL Khalil Davis

DL Jeremiah Ledbetter

TE Tanner Hudson

CB Jamel Dean (groin injury)

RB Leonard Fournette

QB Ryan Griffin

Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks is back for TAMPA TWO, episode 2 this week with iconic JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman.

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25 Responses to “Leonard Fournette Is Benched”

  1. buccin cane Says:

    Ohhhh boyyyy Rojo gonna get some run…and ….ANDDDDD we may use the backs in the pass game some today

  2. All lives matter Says:

    He hasn’t lived up to all the hype yet. Maybe he’ll find his second wind if we make the playoffs. We sure could use his heroics of past.

  3. Gino Says:

    Joe/not that I have a problem with this, but does it ever occur to you the biggest problem with this team is “too many chiefs and not enough Indians”?

  4. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Phuck !… 1st round RB for free… ya get what you pay for..
    Too many “cleat tosses” playing the game today!

  5. Rick Says:

    Dumb… many were calling him the best back on the team after the second game. Two weeks about running the ball more and we are focused on pass catching backs.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    Fournette, outside of a handful of plays, has disappointed.

    Now we see why Jax gave him the hook.

  7. David Says:

    He hasn’t been that good since the first few games of the season, but these coaches also completely abandon the running game every other half of football.
    Either way, RoJo has proven they should give him the ball 20 times a game


  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One of Joe’s saviors apparently isn’t working out. At least we didn’t give up a draft pick.
    I’m hopeful he gets it together for the next few games…..to sit him in this important game speaks volumes.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Carson Wentz may end up being a steal in free agency next year. One bad year and he’s benched? Wow.

  10. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Fournette has essentially stunk up the joint other than the 2nd half of one game.

  11. Rico 210 Says:

    Well that’s unfortunate. Get right LF we need you homie. I just hope they run 25 times today at least.
    Go Bucs

  12. Rico 210 Says:

    Lol c’mon Bonzai. That’s never gonna happen. But yeah I’d vote yes with you
    Go Bucs

  13. Gofortheface30 Says:

    No other reason in my opinion other than the reality that he has been nothing short of awful in every which way. I was very wrong about him. Fournette in his first few years of the league was fantastic, and superior to Ronald Jones. The Bucs brought him in for a reason because clearly they didn’t think the world of Jones. However, to ROJO’s credit, he has been outstanding. Pro bowl year, and clearly being under utilized. Arians intimated as such this week suggesting Jones needs atleast 20 touches. We now have our bell cow, and by god Jones has earned it. Happy for him. Now don’t let us all down by dropping everything

  14. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Vaughn will catch 5 passes out of the backfield and will be the permanent 3rd down back by 4:15 PM, if not sooner.

  15. Allbuccedup Says:

    Fournette now, Brown later.

  16. DaBux Says:

    Man, this season can not end soon enough. Just what the hell.

  17. Wesley Says:

    Waste of money just like A.B.. Licht is still an idiot.

  18. Tbbucs3 Says:

    AB= Flop
    Fournette= Flop

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Yes, Fournette broke an unwritten rule. Don’t smile after dropping a pass.

  20. Kevin Says:

    Time to bench AB and give Scotty Miller more playing time.

  21. Brandon Says:

    Well… he sucks so there’s that.

  22. Bucshot Says:


  23. Cajun 69 Says:

    Some you people crack me up HEY guess what we play against other teams who are pro’s also they want to win also lol

  24. teacherman777 Says:

    @joe in michigan

    Exactly! I saw that too.

    Fournette is acting like a diva.

    He has no heart. Hes runnin soft too.

    He has mentally checked out.

    Hes still a punk diva.

  25. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Ha!! So your boy who you wanted to start over Rojo right away sucks to hard to get in the field and Rojo is top 10 in the league… Hmm imagine that?? Who could have guessed that?? Hmmmmm