Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette likes his chances of playing vs. Patriots

By Ryan Ward
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a tough matchup ahead against the New England Patriots in Week 2. As well as that, star running back Leonard Fournette is dealing with a hamstring injury.

There is much optimism concerning the situation as Fournette has voiced that his health is improving as the week moves along, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.

“I like [his chances of playing] now since the day’s been going on more and more,” Fournette said Thursday afternoon. “It’s feeling better and better.”

 

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This is an encouraging sign for the Jaguars. Fournette has become the centerpiece of the offensive game plan over his brief time with the franchise. He had already voiced much confidence that he will be ready to play. He is coming off a strong rookie campaign. Last year he was among the most productive running backs in the league, rushing for 1,040 yards with nine touchdowns in 13 games.

 

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He was on a productive pace in the season opener against the New York Giants posting 41 yards on nine carries and one catch for three receiving yards prior to suffering a hamstring injury. He was replaced by backup T.J. Yeldon posting 51 rushing yards on 14 attempts and three receptions for 18 receiving yards and a touchdown.

If he is unable to give it a go, Yeldon will likely get the draw to start in place of Fournette. The Patriots had their fair share of struggles against the run in Week 1 against the Houston Texans giving up 167 yards with a touchdown.