The latest trouble for Leonard Fournette continued on Thursday afternoon, when he was arrested in Jacksonville for driving with a suspended license.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 11, 2019
Jaguars beat writer, Phillip Heilman of Jacksonville.com obtained the detailed arrest report that Fournette was clocked going 65 m.p.h., in a 45 m.p.h., while weaving in and out of traffic on Atlantic Blvd.
It turns out Fournette legal troubles began with a speeding ticket that he received in November. That ticket carried a $204 fine and according to DiRocco’s report and court records, Fournette had not paid the fine by March. So, Duval County turned the issue over for collection on March 18th.
Further, under Florida law, failing to pay that speeding fine automatically suspended his license, and therefore, led to today’s arrest after, yet another, traffic stop for speeding.
Duval County jail records show that Fournette was only there for approximately 40 minutes having been booked at 3:24 p.m. before bonding out at $1,500 at 4:09 p.m.
The Jaguars released a statement saying that they are “continuing to gather information: on Fournette’s situation and would have no additional comment today.
TMZ (who else?) obtained a bystander cell phone video of Fournette’s arrest in the parking lot of the “Easy Breezy Car Wash” on Atlantic Blvd:
VIDEO: NFL Star Leonard Fournette Arrested at the Easy Breezy Car Wash https://t.co/qIzodu1mw2
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) April 11, 2019
This is the latest in what was a tumultuous second season for Fournette that included a hamstring injury that robbed him of all or parts of eight games last year. He then had a one-game suspension after being ejected for a fight with Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Shaq Lawson in their November game. That led to the Jags eliminating the guaranteed money on the two remaining years of his rookie contract after that suspension.
There has been widespread speculation that VP of football Tom Coughlin and GM Dave Caldwell would attempt to trade Fournette to a willing to taker that would give them a decent pick in the upcoming NFL Draft at the end of the month.
It’s hard to believe after Fournette burst on the scene after being the fourth overall pick with a thousand yard season helping the Jaguars make the playoffs in his rookie year of 2017, that he could fall out of favor, so quickly with the organization.
However, Thursday’s arrest will only underscore the Coughlin and the front office have doubts about Fournette’s focus to do the things necessary to get back to his 2017 form.
Report- Jaguars DB Jalen Ramsey demanding trade
The continued soap opera of Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey had another chapter on Sunday and now, the Pro Bowl defensive back has apparently demanded a trade.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says that Ramsey’s agent contacted the club Sunday night after the team’s latest loss, 13 – 12 to the Houston Texans, wanting his client to be moved:
Sources: #Jaguars Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade from the team. This stems from his frustration with how he’s being used and from a confrontation with coach Doug Marrone on Sunday. This has been steadily building.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
The latest dust-up involving the former Florida State first round pick and the club happened on the sidelines in the first quarter of the game. That’s when Ramsey was apparently upset the coach Doug Marrone did not challenge a completion to Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on a key third-down with Ramsey covering him.
Television replays showed the ball may very well have been on the ground and the pass incomplete. Marrone and Ramsey had to be separated, not once but twice, after Marrone confronted him on the bench next to teammates:
Lets check in on the 0-1 Jaguars. Jalen Ramsey vs Doug Marrone? Oh pic.twitter.com/hJ7oe2XyAP
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 15, 2019
Then, Ramsey came back to argue with Marrone, while he was standing near midfield resuming his coaching duties. And, he had to be walked back to the bench area by an assistant coach.
The ongoing saga included reports last season that the Jaguars have been shopping Ramsey themselves for possible premium draft picks during a dismal 5 – 11 finish.
Ramsey was also suspended for a week of training camp a year ago for conduct detrimental to the team after he screamed at Jaguars beat reporter Philip Heilman. Heilman was filming an altercation between teammates Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler after a training camp practice.
Ramsey is making $3.6 million for this season, earlier in April the Jags picked up Ramsey’s $13.7 million option for next season.
The Jaguars send a message to their locker room last October when they dealt Fowler, former number 1 pick defensive end out of Florida to the L.A. Rams. So, it is not too far-fetched to think that VP of Football Tom Coughlin and Marrone would do the same with Ramsey soon.
However it’s not likely that something like that would happen this week, as the Jaguars are hosting the Tennessee Titans in the Thursday night game at TIAA Bank Field.
Credit Jaguars Doug Marrone for gambling on two point play
All too often, coaches deserve criticism for being way too conservative or not being willing to take any chances. So, when a coach does what Doug Marrone did in the final :30 Sunday in Houston, we say “raise a glass for him.”
To set the scene: the Jaguars had played a pretty subpar offensive game for much of the day behind rookie backup quarterback Gardner Minshew. However, Minshew rallied the team in the final two minutes down 13 – 6 to get into scoring range. This included Minshew scrambling on his own and running 18 yards down to the Houston at 13-yard-line with :52 left.
Then with :30 left, Minshew found second-year receiver D.J. Chark alone in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to pull Jacksonville within one point.
And that’s when Marrone, the Jags third-year head coach, decided to gamble on trying to win the game, right then.
Marrone called for a two-point play, and it was briefly halted when Texans coach Bill O’Brien called time out. Still, after the brief break and time to think about it, Marrone stuck with his plan and did not try to tie the game with a Josh Lambo extra point.
Instead, out of the shotgun formation Minshew handed inside to power back Leonard Fournette, who was stopped by a Texans double team tackle led by safety Justin Reid, just short of the goal line.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 15, 2019
That stop preserved the win for Houston and dropped the Jags 0-2.
After the game was done, Marrone met with the media and almost immediately was asked about the risk he took going for the two-point conversion, especially on a road. Marone answered that he had been contemplating going for two the entire time the Jags were driving inside the final two minutes.
Doug Marrone said he made the decision before the final drive that if the #Jaguars scored he was going to go for two.
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) September 15, 2019
As for Fournette, he said postgame that he felt like he had reached the ball across the goal line, but briefly, to give Jacksonville a 14 – 13 lead. Alas, the officials didn’t see it and replays couldn’t clearly show him getting the ball across.
No matter that goes as a loss, Marrone was trying to win a game that his team had no business being in.
This is especially, with the loss of QB Nick Foles to a broken clavicle last week, and then, not playing the game with the likes of DE Yannick Ngakoue, DB A.J. Bouye, WR Marqise Lee and LT Cam Robinson, who are all injured and still trying to recover.
So, shorthanded, and off a season that fell apart at 5-11 last year, Marrone sent the message to his team: “I want to win, right now.”
But. the Texans stopped it.
Yes, you can question the play call/formation to hand Fournette the ball.
However, you cannot argue with a coach showing guts to go for victory, when his team needs a spark.
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