Probably the best news, and sighting, on Tuesday in the Jaguars locker room was the return of running back Leonard Fournette from his one-game suspension by the NFL.
A week after having to sit out the 6-0 win over the Colts because of his actions in starting a fight with Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Shaq Lawson the previous week, Fournette is expected to make a significant contribution again starting with Thursday night. That’s when Jacksonville travels to rival Tennessee in a national TV game.
More on that in a second.
First, Fournette met with the media Tuesday afternoon and not surprisingly, talked about how difficult it was to have to watch his team battle the Colts without him, while at his house:
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) December 4, 2018
As we wrote in the aftermath of the game, the Jaguar offense, under new leadership with Scott and a lot of each calling the plays and Cody Kessler in as the new quarterback, couldn’t get anything going for four quarters Sunday. Barely 200 yards of offense and nine punts was not nearly good enough.
Now, re-enter their top weapon, Fournette.
Fournette had been running hard since returning for the second time from an injured hamstring that had him sidelined for 7 out of 8 Jaguar games earlier this season. In the Buffalo game, he was approaching a hundred yards and had already scored a couple of touchdowns before his ejection.
Needless to say, as Jacksonville heads to Tennessee for Thursday Night Football, Fournette will probably be the biggest key to Jacksonville’s hope to get some kind of offensive consistency going. When you consider that the Jags running backs ran the ball 21 times for 52 yards last week, Fournette will obviously be a significant upgrade.
At this point, the Jags are in the role of the spoiler, as Tennessee is trying to battle for one of the wild-card spots currently in the AFC. And you know the Titans defense will be keying on #27.
Now that he’s back on Sunday
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