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Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette earns honorable mention on NFL’s ‘Top 100’

After a career year in terms of yardage, the Jaguars running back stakes his claim as one of the top players in the NFL.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has been voted as an honorable mention as voted by his peers, finishing 110th in the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2020.”

Fournette landed in the final slot as far as the players who nearly made the Top 100, and was preceded by:

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (109), Denver Broncos S Justin Simmons (108), Baltimore Ravens LB Matthew Judon (107), Miami Dolphins LB Kyle Van Noy (106), Las Vegas Raiders C Rodney Hudson (105), San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead (104), Tennessee Titans S Kevin Byard (103), Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (102) and New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (101).

The No. 1 player on the NFL’s Top 100 list was Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was also voted unanimously as the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the regular season. Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes was ranked as the No. 4 overall talent heading into the 2020 season by his peers.

The workhorse back for the Jaguars played a career-high 82.86% of the team’s snaps last season while totaling a career-high in yards from scrimmage with 1,674. Truly the team’s bell-cow, Fournette was used early and often with then-rookie quarterback Garnder Minshew II in 2019.

While Fournette did not finish many touchdowns (three rushing touchdowns), he was able to achieve his highest yards per carry average with 4.3 YPC, along with a career-high in both receptions receiving yards and receiving yards with 76 receptions for 522 yards. The Jaguars fielded an inexperienced backfield with rookie running back Ryquell Armstead as his immediate backup.

Drafted with the fourth-overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Fournette has had an up-and-down career thus far with the Jaguars, particularly in 2018 when his season was cut short due to injuries (eight games). As a result, the Jaguars declined to pick up Fournette’s fifth-year option earlier this offseason, and he will enter his fourth and final season - barring an extension - with the team in 2020.

For a complete list of the NFL’s Top 100, sans the honorable mentions, click here.