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Jaguars Coach Marrone: Don’t Give Rookie RB Leonard Fournette the Starting Job Just Yet

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin want a physical offense built around the run game, which is why the team drafted running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall last month.

That doesn’t mean that Fournette is automatically going to be installed as the Jaguars’ No. 1 running back, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. He has to earn the right to be the team’s workhorse, Marrone said Saturday.

“Obviously when we made the pick we were thinking about he can be someone like that,” Marrone said after the second day of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp. “Obviously he’s shown that ability, but at the same sense when you have the team, the one thing about a team is you have to earn that. So he’s going to have to go and show that he has to do that.”

Fournette ran for 3,830 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU. The 6-foot, 228-pounder averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 19.3 carries per game in his career and his physical running style is a perfect match for the ball-control offense the Jaguars want to run in 2017. Yet he agrees with his coach’s approach that he needs to prove he should be the Jaguars’ top ballcarrier.

“My role is to do whatever the team needs or coach asks me to do,” Fournette said. “My role right now is going out there and competing and getting better right now.”


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