Eddie George Ranks Leonard Fournette As Top-5 Running Back

September 30th, 2022

Here’s one for the aging-fast folks who would actually care what legendary four-time Pro Bowl running back Eddie George thinks.

George was a college legend at Ohio State and took the NFL by storm in the late 1990s.

He was the ultimate workhorse beast of a running back for the Oilers/Titans. And at 6-3, 245 pounds, he didn’t miss a game in his first eight years — as a running back averaging 340 carries a year.

George even topped 400 carries in 2000. Yeah, George would have been a first-round pick in your fantasy draft.

Nowadays, he does some analyst work for The33rdTeam.com, where this week he ranked Leonard Fournette as the fifth-best back in the NFL through three games. George praised Fournette for getting the tough yards and staying very steady in his play and being a balanced player.

In order in front of Fournette, George had D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, Nick Chubb and Saquon Barkley, who grabbed the top spot for his true “home-run hitter” ability, among other reasons.

Has Playoff Lenny earned the No. 5 ranking? Joe’s not sure, but Joe certainly respects George’s opinion. If Playoff Lenny is playing that well, then his production should ramp up in a hurry when threatening receivers return to the lineup and keep defenses’ focus off the run.

24 Responses to “Eddie George Ranks Leonard Fournette As Top-5 Running Back”

  1. Youngbucs Says:

    Lol all those backs have way more vision than Lenny. He misses so many holes check the all 22. Lenny ok but rojo is what we need right now a 1-2 punch we should’ve kept him.

  2. Youngbucs Says:

    Don’t get me wrong I like Lenny just tippy toes to often.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Jonathan Taylor
    Christian mccaffrey
    Nick Chubb
    Derrick Henry
    Dalvin Cook
    Saquon Barkley
    Aaron Jones

    -All RBs better than Fournette

  4. D-Rok Says:

    On a recent segment on Bucs.com, Lenny shared that his nick-name is actually “Seven,” as in the number he wore at LSU. He didn’t like Lenny at first but it stuck, and now he embraces it.

    He’s a good, well-rounded back and I’m glad we have him.

    GO BUCS!!!

  5. Oneilbuc Says:

    I rather see more of Rashard White running the ball.

  6. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Lumberjack Lenny.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lenny is good…..trying to run into that brick wall in front of him…..

  8. Joey Strom Says:

    Lenny’s a workhorse!

  9. Kody Says:

    Agree with @Oneilbuc –

    Really hope to see White play. He’s a big strong back, has got great cuts and is a solid receiving back. If Leftwich can break free of just running it up the gut, and get more creative with runs and screens, we might see White really shine. At least I hope he gets the chance. Also wouldn’t mind seeing him teamed up with Ko at fullback. See those two run some plays together.

  10. Waterboy Says:

    Lenny does most things well but he is not great at anything! He is a good back for the Bucs offense but he has poor vision and his balance is so-so which are are 2 important traits of great backs! He often gets stuffed on short yardage plays because he is so poor at picking the right hole. He has really improved in pass catching and picking up blitzing lineman which makes up for his deficiencies.

  11. Oneilbuc Says:

    We have to start giving more of these younger guys a chance to run the ball. They have to stop giving them 2 or 3 carries and then benching them the rest of the game. We don’t know how good they really are.

  12. Kentucky Buc Says:

    White hasn’t done anything except talk. Give Sneak some carries.

  13. brad Says:

    MJD had him up to 6 a week ago. D. Brooks says he misses big plays… who knows.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    I thought we all knew this. I’d say he’s 5 out of the top 5 but definitely top 5.

  15. Dooley Says:

    Outside of Brady, nobody on this offensive roster gets as more touches than Lenny and who’s an asset to this offense whether he’s asked to run, catch, or pass protect. We’ve got to start finding ways to preserving him, last thing we need is Lenny down short/long-term and having our hand forced to play reserves that haven’t been rep’d much outside of their respective preseason appearances. So, I agree with George and like others have already mentioned we’ve got to start getting or spell backs some touches so they’re better prepared when called on to contribute.

  16. Adrnagy Says:

    Lenny gets stuck at times at pounding.

  17. Redeemer Says:

    Lenny isn’t a top 5 back. He’s top ten all day long. If you can’t find five backs you’d rather have, you aren’t looking. Barkley is probably going to get delt. He makes a lot, but can you imagine that one two punch. thunder and lightning baby!! He’ll probably go to an AFC team, Bills or dolphins, but I can dream can’t I.

  18. Bucamania Says:

    Complete RB with swagger. Need to get Vaughn or White more involved though.

  19. Daryl Green Says:

    😂🤣😂🤣 Top 5 I will say it until l’m blue in the face

    Jump cut please 😂🤣😂top 5

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    Osqueelerbutt – why do you want the Bucs to lose all the time? Every suggestion you make increases the probability of the Bucs losing.

    Never mind. There’s a Forrest Gump quote here that won’t be stated . Everyone knows it is as it does.

  21. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard thinks that the Elephant in the Room Conspiracy Theory that no one wants to admit is that the oline run-blocking straight up sucks.

    Please fix it now.
    Thanks in advance.


  22. Howard Cosell Says:

    Lenny is doing a legendary job making chicken salad out of chicken poop

  23. steele Says:

    Not even close, Eddie.

  24. Destinjohnny Says:

    Good thing there is free agency as we can’t draft a running backs