Bucs RB Leonard Fournette is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Vikings. That leaves RBs LeSean McCoy and Ke'Shawn Vaughn behind Ronald Jones on the depth chart. HC Bruce Arians said during the bye week that he wanted to get Jones the ball more -- and it looks like he's ready to do it.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette showed up to training camp in "great shape," HC Todd Bowles said. "I don't know too many players in the offseason that are going to stay in shape year-around," Bowles added. "As long as they're in shape in training camp. He ran great in the test yesterday – he’s explosive, he's quick and we're happy with him." So the Fat Lenny Era is officially over. Fournette never moved in our RB rankings and is a nice pick at his late-2nd-round ADP.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette is down to 245 pounds and "back in shape," per insider Doug Kyed. Fournette's belly made headlines in June, but it sounds like he's back to playing weight. We'll keep an eye on his conditioning over the next few weeks, but Fournette looks safe to draft at ADP.
We're not done hearing about RB Leonard Fournette's offseason weight gain. Here's what Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times had to say on the subject this week, via the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: “Coaches were not happy, and that’s an understatement, when (Fournette) didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing damn near 260 [pounds]. And that’s not a good sign for a guy that you’ve just spent a three-year contract on.” There's certainly still time for Fournette to get into shape ahead of the regular season. This is a red flag worth keeping in mind, though, given Fournette's history of lower-body injuries and his Round 2 ADP.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette "seemed to be a little heavy and struggled some in the heat" on the 1st day of minicamp, The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud observed. Fournette confirmed that's he's packed on some lbs., telling reporters that weighs “240-something” and wants to play around 230 or 228 pounds. Fournette has 3 months before the start of the regular season, so we're not sounding the alarms right now. But his conditioning will certainly be worth monitoring when we get to August.
Despite the addition of 3rd-round rookie RB Rachaad White, it doesn't sound like the Bucs plan on altering RB Leonard Fournette's role much this season. “Why it’s tough to get Lenny off the field, he’s a three-down back,” OC Byron Leftwich said. “He’s a smart guy, and he and Tom [Brady] can play ball. They can play ball together when it starts moving on them and things are changing and things have to happen, Lenny and him can play ball. They’ve been in these situations. That’s why it’s hard to really get him off the field because of what he brings and the connection him and Tom have. I think it’s unique. It’s not that we’re forcing him on that field. It’s because he’s the best in what we’re asking him to do." Fournette averaged 13.1 carries and 6.1 targets across 14 healthy games last season. Perhaps White cuts into those numbers a tad, but we're expecting the rookie to be more handcuff than standalone fantasy option this season. Fournette checks in as a top 10 RB.
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