There were not many bright spots for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. The team suffered its second straight losing season, but one guy who played well in 2019 was RB Leonard Fournette.
The third-year running back set career-highs in rushing yards(1,152 yards), yard per carry(4.3), receptions(76), and receiving yards(522) in 2019. But, he only had three rushing touchdowns last season.
However, according to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, Fournette did everything the Jaguars needed him to do last season.
“I think Leonard did everything that we wanted him to do – you talk about a workhorse,” Marrone said on Tuesday at the NFL Combine. “A guy that carried the load, a guy that had a ton of receptions. He did a lot of great things for us coming out of the backfield; his protection was probably one of the things he did a heck of a job on this year.
“Unfortunately it was not just Leonard [who didn’t score a lot], I think it was everyone, we didn’t get into the end zone enough. I think as we get better around ourselves and the players and we get better in the year coming … I think we have to do a better job coaching-wise situationally in the red zone to score those touchdowns, and I think they will come.”
The Jaguars will have a decision to make about Fournette’s contract. The 25-year-old Fournette, who was fourth overall pick in 2017 NFL Draft, is eligible for a fifth-year option, which would add an extra year to his four-year contract, or maybe they can sign him to an extension. Regarding that fifth-year option, Jacksonville won’t have to make that decision until May.
According to Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell, the team had not even thought about what they are going to do with Fournette.
“I think our vision right now is we have free agency, we have the draft, and we have the fifth-year option,” Caldwell said. “Any extensions and stuff like that with other players, I think, will take place whether it is after the draft or when we decide that. I think one step at a time right now, and that is free agency.”
It should be interesting to see what Jacksonville will do, but one thing for sure, Fournette will probably be a big part of Jacksonville’s success in 2020.