Day two of the Jaguars mini-camp concluded Wednesday morning in North Florida and new quarterback Nick Foles met with the media to update the status of several subjects.
While Foles talked about getting acclimated to his new surroundings and teammates, it was specifically when he was asked about RB Leonard Fournette, that he wanted to make clear that arguably Jacksonville’s best offensive weapon is someone he’s excited about playing with and seeing what he can do this fall:
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) June 12, 2019
“Leonard’s awesome, dude. He’s a really smart player. He’s a great dude to be around. He’s got a whole other life outside of football. You know, divin’ and spear fishin’. It’s always fun to learn more about a person. More than about a football player…. We’re all more than football players. I try to tell guys all the time in the locker room, if your identity is soley in football, you’re going to be lost….. Lenoard’s that sort of guy.”
This isn’t the first time the relationship of Foles and Fournette has recently been brought up. As we wrote previously, VP of Football Tom Coughlin also made mention that they have been getting together at Fournette’s Jacksonville home to go over the installation of the offense and watch game tape, etc
While this is not uncommon among quarterbacks and their new teammates around the NFL, it still has to be reassuring for Jaguar fans the Foles understands Fournette has a critical role in helping the Jacksonville offense bounce back.
The third-year back out of LSU had a disappointing second season to say the least. After a 1,000 yard rookie season that helped the Jags make the playoffs, Fournette suffered a week one hamstring injury at the Giants and proceeded to miss all or most of the next seven games with it. Fournette was also ejected in the second half of the November loss at Buffalo for fighting and subsequently suspended by the NFL for the next week. He finished with just 439 yards on the season and was a huge disappointment.
Meanwhile. With the hiring of his former quarterback coach in Philadelphia, John DeFilippo, know that the offense will function better, if Fournette can pound the ball between the tackles and set up some play action down-filled throws.
Fournette can also become similarly valuable and get back to something the Jacksonville had a 2017, and that’s being used as a punishing back in the second half of games when the Jags are trying to protect the lead and run the clock.
And at least for now, all the right things are apparently happening off field between QB and RB to make that happen.
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