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Leonard Fournette after his first NFL game: ‘To me, it was really easy’: Report – NOLA.com


After his first taste of the NFL Thursday night, former LSU and St. Aug star running back Leonard Fournette said the pro game is slower than he anticipated.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette told James Palmer of NFL.com after he ran for 31 yards and a TD on nine carries against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in an exhibition opener. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”

Fournette entered the game on Jacksonville’s second series and carried four straight times for four yards, five yards and no gain. The Jaguars gambled on fourth-and-one and Fournette banged out the first down with an eight-yard gain.

“I’m a confident guy and I try to give my offensive line confidence, too,” Fournette said. “You have to feel like you can’t be stopped.”

When Fournette was asked if he could accomplish this season what Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did last year when his 1,631 yards were the third-most ever by a rookie, he replied, “Yeah, I think so.”

Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack doesn’t doubt Fournette and neither does rookie offensive tackle and former Alabama standout Cam Robinson, a Louisiana native like Fournette.

“I believe in him,” Jack said. “I think he has that type of talent. I think he’s capable of that. He comes in, he works hard every day. Takes care of himself. He’s a hard worker, so I think he’s capable and if his mind is set on that, I wouldn’t bet against him.”

Added Robinson, “If we go out there and get our job done and there is a guy in the backfield with that type of talent that can turn regular plays into huge plays, it’s always fun to have a talented back like that behind you.”

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone liked what he saw.

“I think you can see he is a powerful kid, powerful running back and I just wanted to make sure about ball security,” Marrone said. “Things like you don’t see when you are at this level, you want to see, obviously it is a physical game, and you want to see how he reacts to it, and he had no issue with that at all.”

Leonard Fournette after his first NFL game: ‘To me, it was really easy’: Report – NOLA.com

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