Offseason Lenny

July 6th, 2022

Joe has referenced how it’s currently list season for various NFL media types. You know, compilations like the top-8 backup receivers likely to improve their yards-after-catch numbers after halftime.

It’s also the season of workout videos for NFL players.

Some videos try to send a message to potential employers. (Joe’s waiting for an intriguging JPP mini-documentary.)

Others are nods to fans wondering how a guy’s health is faring. Sometimes the video is a self-motivating tool or a way to impress lusting suitors who might respond on social media. And then there’s some of the odd stuff Jameis Winston likes to pump out.

Bucs running back Leonard “Lombardi Lenny” Fournette was slapped around a bit by a handful of Bucs and NFL media types for being overweight at June minicamp. Joe was not among them.

Lenny acknowledged that he needed to shed weight before training camp and that he would be his usual powerful and fit self. Joe has no reason to doubt the guy.

Fournette fired back at Shannon Sharpe and later posted video of him sprinting.

Yesterday, a video surfaced of Fournette training with Pro Bowl Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Lions running back D’Andre Swift and Patriots cornerback Jalen Mills. It apparently was shot by a personal trainer working with the four young men. Joe suspects more Lombardi Lenny video is forthcoming.

Plenty of NFL legends used late spring and training camp to get in shape, rather than the more popular year-round fitness of 2022 players. The first approach may hinder a guy’s ability to thrive into his 30s, but Fournette just turned 27 and Joe has no concerns today.

19 Responses to “Offseason Lenny”

  1. Hail2dabucs Says:

    Im not at all worried about Lenny. The man is going to be productive AF

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lenny will have the best season of his career. We need he and the other backs to ball out running, blocking and catching.

  3. Stone crab sam Says:

    Goat, I agree100% on Lenny having his best year ever this year. He kind of looks like earl campbell did back in the day to me, in that video. Man, wouldn’t that be something?
    Who needs a bunch of all pro receivers anyhow?

  4. tampabayallday Says:

    Lenny is going to be a TRAIN this coming season, do the defense a favor and run the damn ball.

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree with the Lenny optimism. A terrific back.

  6. Dooley Says:

    Locomotive Lenny, good luck “tackling” this dude in the open field in 2022

  7. BucsNoles Says:

    I would love to see White and Vaughn duke it out for playing time.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rashaad White is all the motivation Lenny needs…..I’m not the least bit concerned.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Frenchie’ Fournette? Where did that come from? A 325 lb power clean is quite impressive for a RB supposedly out-of-shape.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Probably Lenny’s first comfortable year in the NFL

  11. GOB Says:

    Running backs take such a pounding, they often need to simply rest in the off-season. If you sit around, you’re going to gain a little weight. I see no need for concern. I doubt Lenny was close to 100% in the playoffs. Hamstrings can’t heal properly without total rest. GOB expects big things from LF this year.

  12. Dooley Says:


    It’s a childhood nickname, only remember it from when the team started calling him “Lenny” and Fournette wasn’t trying to have it lol I imagine it’s got something to do with being him being from NOLA

  13. D-Rok Says:

    One of the Twit commenters called him “Leonard Fivenette.” That’s just mean.

    Go Lenny! GO BUCS!!!

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Watching film of Rashaad White and I’m pretty convinced that if Lenny isn’t in top form, he’s going to lose a lot of playing time to White. That should be plenty of motivation – that and Brady ripping his head off if he loafs.

  15. SlyPirate Says:

    that man is large

    4Net looks big next to other NFL players. Has anyone seen him in person?

  16. David Says:

    Fournette is a big dude. The only thing I hate about not staying in shape year round is it makes you more prone to injury in training camp or at the beginning of the season. I have no doubt he will be ready

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    David – I’d think training year round would make you a lot more suspectable to injury since you’re putting a lot more wear and tear on yourself, plus you’re just doing more things where you could get injured. I’ve never seen stats on that however, so maybe I’m wrong, but I’d think players taking time off is a good thing. Now that doesn’t mean pigging out on triple cheeseburgers, or doing nothing, but there’s a big difference between being in NFL shape and just being in shape.

  18. Biff Barker Says:

    Lenny will play lights out this year. Fournette remembers Jacksonville all too well. He knows the Bucs are good and he’s playing one last year with the best ever. This is his shot at greatness and he won’t squander the opportunity.
    LFG Lombardi Lenny!

  19. Brandon Says:

    Lots of comments saying this will be Leonard’s best year ever… I hope he’s been working on running through contact because his legs stop moving on contact. He’s far from a great runner.