Leonard Fournette’s eventual breakup with the Jaguars got here proper earlier than the 2020 NFL season, as a substitute of throughout 2021 free company. Jacksonville determined to launch the operating again Monday, fewer than two weeks earlier than internet hosting Indianapolis in Week 1.
Whereas the Jaguars transfer on with the mix of Chris Thompson and Ryquell Armstead of their backfield for now, Fournette might want to discover a new residence sooner than anticipated after reportedly no crew needed to commerce for him.
The place may Fournette match greatest this late in free company after being waived? The Jaguars did him no favors with the timing, however listed below are six groups that take advantage of sense, due to accidents or different considerations for his or her operating video games.
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Leonard Fournette’s six greatest new crew matches
The Bears have excessive hopes for second-year again David Montgomery, however that enthusiasm was considerably curbed after he suffered a groin pressure in camp that might preserve him out a month. Chicago’s in-house choices to take Montgomery’s early-down work are both gadget-type backs (led by Tarik Cohen) or inexperienced backs.
Fournette has a reference to the Bears in quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who was the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator final season. The Bears are intent on having a much-improved power-running sport to assist whoever wins their QB battle between Nick Foles and MItchell Trubisky. If it is Foles, the slight favourite, then Fournette would reunite with the Jaguars’ Week 1 starter in 2019.
Due to all that, the Bears are simply the perfect wager for Fournette to land on his toes rapidly.
Coach Mike Tomlin tends to love that includes one dependable workhorse, and the offense goes committee solely by necessity. The crew has combined emotions on James Conner in that capability due to his sturdiness points, and is not thrilled about piecemealing situational manufacturing with him, Benny Snell Jr. and speedy change of tempo rookie Anthony McFarland.
Though Fournette hasn’t been the pillar of well being throughout his profession, he was lots sturdy and versatile final season. The Steelers even have sturdy reminiscences of Fournette operating throughout them and together with his receiving manufacturing spiking in 2019, he may give them a extra snug every-down possibility to enrich an explosive downfield passing sport.
New England Patriots
The Patriots have gotten a fantastic camp from second-year again Damien Harris, however they may think about Fournette for extra power-back insurance coverage with each Sony Michel (foot) and Lamar Miller (knee) hurting.
New England has a historical past of taking flyers on gamers reminiscent of Fournette — see Cam Newton — however it could seemingly must have each reservations about Harris’ complementary workload to James White and considerations about neither Michel nor Miller being wholesome early to make the transfer.
Washington Soccer Crew
Washington needed to say goodbye to fellow former LSU again Derrius Guice for troubling off-field points. Between age-defying Adrian Peterson and a wholesome Bryce Love, the crew has its share of speeding choices, to the purpose that free-agent pickup Peyton Barber appears expendable. Rookie Antonio Gibson is tabbed for principally a complementary receiving function.
With Love wanting good post-major knee damage and Peterson having a powerful flooring, Fournette might sound superfluous to hitch the offense his former Jaguars coordinator Jay Gruden left behind. However Fournette cannot be dominated out to wash up a committee the best way Guice may need finished. Washington ought to give including Fournette mild-to-moderate consideration.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have a crowd with Ronald Jones set for early lead duties, Dare Ogunbowale taking a look at extra passing-down work and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn ready within the wings for a possible greater function. The Bucs additionally made their veteran camp addition in LeSean McCoy. That additionally means Tampa is searching for backfield definition and Fournette may need some “clear it up” enchantment, a la Pittsburgh and Washington.
Fournette does not scream Bruce Arians sort of again, nevertheless, and the Bucs could not likely really feel Fournette is far of an improve for their pass-oriented offense.
Miles Sanders is anticipated to have a monster second season, however he is coping with a “lower-body damage” that has saved him out of camp practices. Sanders and the crew say he is on observe to be wholesome sufficient in Week 1, however contemplating that receiving again Boston Scott, versatile Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield are the depth behind him, Fournette may carry just a little insurance coverage intrigue.
Identical to the opposite non-Bears groups, nevertheless, the Eagles really feel like a long-shot for Fournette, too.