When a new Pro Football Hall of Famer like LaDanian Tomlinson, who knows a thing or two about scoring TDs, speaks on the subject, you have to listen. And when he started talking Friday night on NFL Network about the prospects of Leonard Fournette scoring TDs in his upcoming first Jaguar season, we were definitely all ears.
Tomlinson scored a total of 145 career NFL TDs, including a staggering 31 of them in 2006, which remains an NFL single season record. Now onto to his feelings on the prospect of the LSU stud putting the ball “in the paint” for Jacksonville this season.
Here’s the clip from “Total Access.”
.@_fournette's impact as a rookie?
— NFL (@NFL) May 27, 2017
Tomlinson does bring up a compelling point that you don’t draft a back fourth overall, who scored 41 TDs himself in 31 college games, and then not give him the ball in the red zone or goal to go situations. But, here’s another part the upcoming rookies resume’, he is an explosive breakaway runner, who will score his share of 60, 70, etc. yard TDs too.
Also on Friday, coach Doug Marrone repeated that Fournette will have to earn his playing time, but we all know he will be the primary back come this fall.
Back to Tomlinson and has “12-15 touchdowns” prediction for Fournette by himself in 2017. Would you believe that three Jaguar backs (T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory and Corey Grant) combine for a measly seven touchdowns a year ago. Even more amazing, in 2015 Jacksonville had only three rushing TDs all that season.
This means that if Fournette runs for a reasonable 11 touchdowns or more in his rookie season like “LT” predicts, he will have run for more than multiple guys combined in the past two seasons.
And that thought has to have Jag fans salivating.