Leonard Fournette looked like a seasoned NFL veteran in his first game. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The brilliance we saw from Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette in his regular season debut against the Houston Texans on Sunday can’t be overstated. Sure we can focus on the 124 total yards he put up on 29 touches against an elite Texans defense.
But even that would be doing a disservice to what Fournette actually did on the field in Jacksonville’s surprising 29-7 win over the suddenly hapless Texans.
NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah put together an Instagram post with two different plays from the game. The first shows how Houston went about tackling Fournette in the first quarter. The second play is an example of just how worn down the Texans’ defense was in its attempt to contain the rookie ball-carrier later in the game.
The difference is night and day.
The first play depicts Fournette trucking recently extended Texans defensive back Andre Hall, who is known for his ability to lay the hard hit. Hal was in fundamental tackling position, but Fournette’s strength took hold big time.
Then, in the fourth quarter, the Texans went with a completely different strategy. Apparently, the idea was just to throw themselves in Fournette’s general direction in hopes of somehow …
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