The 2017 season for the Jaguars is over, but the accolades are still continuing. And, on Monday night stud rookie running back Leonard Fournette was given recognition by his fellow players voting, as he was named the 58th best player on the “NFL Top 100” for last year.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 22, 2018
Fournette was the fourth overall pick out LSU a year ago, and made a tremendous impact from the beginning of the Jags breakout season with a 100 yard game in the opening win at Houston, and three more 100 yard games in the first nine.
There was lull in his productivity due an ankle injury and he also missed a game in Indianapolis due disciplinary reasons, but eventually, Fournette got back on track. He ran for 109 yards and 3 TDs in Jacksonville’s statement win over Seattle in December that clinched the first playoff spot for Jacksonville in 11 seasons.
Then, in the post season Fournette was just ok against the Bills in the AFC Wildcard game with 57 yards on 21 carries. However the next week in Pittsburgh, Fournette set the tone early and often with two first quarter TDs. He finished with 109 yards and 3 rushing TDs, and Jacksonville stunned the Steelers to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
The Jags sledgehammer back scored another early TD and finished with 76 yards rushing as the Patriots rallied to win 24-20 scoring in the final three minutes to knock the Jaguars out of the Superbowl.
Jacksonville already had two previous players, both on defense, in DE Yannick Ngakoue and LB Telvin Smith, who were selected in the Top 100.
And there is no doubt that star DL Calais Campbell and also up and coming lock down corner Jalen Ramsey will be part of the reveal of the top 50 players in subsequent weeks.
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