With the Jaguars preparing to travel to Pittsburgh for Sunday’s rematch in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs, there are several interesting angles. One of those is: can Leonard Fournette come close to repeating his huge rushing day in October?
On Wednesday morning’s edition of “PFT Live” on NBC Sports Network, Steelers rookie LB T.J. Watt was a guest and talked on several subjects, including Fournette doing the damage he did in Jacksonville’s 30-9 win.
In particular, Fournette’s fourth quarter that included a 90 yard touchdown run to put the game away for the Jags. Watt told host Mike Florio of PFT, “We’re more bitter about letting him run for a hundred and whatever yards it was in that game than anything about that.” He continued, “we have a bad taste in our mouth and we want to wash it out with a good performance on Sunday.”
While, Fournette was largely held in check for most of the day (27 previous carries for 91 yards), it was that explosive run that was a “back breaker” for Pittsburgh with two minutes to play. As we wrote at the time, the Pro Football hall of fame wanted Fournette’s jersey after that play, as he became the youngest player in league history to have a 90 yard or more play from scrimmage for a TD.
Don’t remind the Steelers about that, either.
Watt continued on the subject, “I think it was a lot of run fit issues…towards the end of the game, where he was breaking some of the longer runs… we were just trying to do too much.”
No doubt, the Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have been stressing staying in their gap and being sound fundamentally with tackling, etc. on the Jaguars main offensive weapon for Sunday.
If they don’t, Fournette could be a catalyst in a possible Jaguars upset, again.
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