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Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette leads NFL in yards per carry after contact

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette leads the AFC in yardage and he’s doing it the hard way — in yards after contact.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Fournette leads the NFL in yards per carry after first contact with 3.21 yards per rush — by a big margin. The next highest ranked, Duke Johnson, is nearly a yard behind him with 2.56 yards per rush after contact.

It’s a testament to Fournette’s growth as a player and a runner. I think in early years he tried to use his agility or speed to get around opponents. He’s learning he’s most effective when he’s a north-south runner.