The Jacksonville Jaguars will need to help Nick Foles if their offense is to have any hope at being good enough to make a postseason run. The defense will do all the heavy lifting — as they have in each of the last several years — but the difference between a home playoff game and a top-10 pick will be how well the offense comes together around their newly signed quarterback.
Leonard Fournette knows this and he knows he’s going into a contract year next season. He’s got to do everything he can to get as many opportunities as possible and that means avoiding injuries and playing games.
After a rookie season that saw him miss only two starts due to injury, he played in just eight games last season. And he thinks his playing weight has a lot to do with it.
Speaking after the game on Thursday night, Fournette was asked what he did to get overall improvement on his body frame, muscle mass, and weight. His answer was simple:
“I cut the negative people out of my life and I started eating good.”
There’s a lesson in that for all of us, Leonard. Hopefully it helps him miss as few games as possible, because he’ll not only be the bell-cow back but likely the pass catching option on a team full of mudders at running back.