Buga breakout: Leonard Fournette comes up big in Bucs win
It only took Leonard Fournette a second game with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make a big-time contribution.
Fournette, the former LSU star recently let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars, had 12 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. His long of 46 yards was perfectly executed by the offensive line, as diagrammed below. He had two 46-yard runs, but the one in the closing minutes put the game away for good.
Earlier in the week, coach Bruce Arians was asked about Fournette’s workload.
“He’s only been here about 10 or 12 days, so I thought he did OK with what he had,” Arians said of Fournette’s performance against the Saints, per Pro Football Talk. “He’s learning every single word. If (his role) increases, it increases. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. He’s working hard to get some more snaps.”
Fournette participated in only 13 percent of the snaps against the Saints last week, getting five carries for five yards and one reception (on one target) for 14.
Better dish out a helmet sticker to RG Alex Cappa (#65), who combos the 3-tech with Tristan Wirfs, climbs to the next level and walls off Tahir Whitehead to spring Leonard Fournette for what should be the game-clinching touchdown. pic.twitter.com/R4qsVxekoI
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 20, 2020