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Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is leaner-ready to be meaner

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Jaguars camp has wrapped up it’s first week of practices and one guy that fans, media and observers are always going to be interested is, running back Leonard Fournette.

The second year back out of LSU had a smashing debut in 2017 and was one of the reasons why the Jags secured an AFC South title and won two playoff games.

And now, he’s dropped some pounds to be even quicker and have more durability in 2018.

Fournette met with the media after the Thursday workout concluded and right off the bat talked about the reasons behind dropping some 10lbs. off what already looked like a textbook chiseled NFL running back body.

“I’ve been more consistent in my bursts and stuff. Just a lot of conditioning I’ve been doing in the off season,” Fournette said to a question about why he wanted to shed some poundage.

He was then asked about whether he had been concerned about dropping down in weight would cost him some of the power that he’s already been known for in the SEC and now, in his one year in the NFL,

“At first, it’s kind hard, because, you know, I haven’t been used to that weight since high school. But now it’s coming back and doing the extra with “Milo” (strength coach Tom Myslinkski) and stuff…. I brought it back to high school. I’m doing 50 push ups a night. Just trying to get my strength and power back.”

It’s that “strength and power” that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is counting on to build his gameplans around again this season. Particularly, when Fournette can establish the run early, then it sets up the play-action passing that Hackett wants for QB Blake Bortles.

A year ago, Fournette had four 100 yard or more games in the Jags first eight contests. And it was no coincidence that the team went 6-2 with the rookie doing damage early in his first season.

Later in the media session, Fournette they came back to his conditioning and the work being put in now to pay dividends down the road. He was asked if dropping the weight would make a significant difference?

“Yeah. I believe, so. I’m probably healthier than I’ve ever been before. Weight’s down. You know, just maintaining it throughout the year.”

If true, that’s a scary proposition for opposing linebackers and defensive backs who will try to get in Fournette’s way.

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