The NFL Top 100 list, as voted on by the players, might not mean much in reality. But to the players that make the list, it's a badge of honor. It means you have the respect of your peers.
Jaguars' running back Leonard Fournette didn't crack the top 100, but he did land in the honorable mentions, at 110 overall. That ranking shows that NFL defenders have plenty of respect for the Jaguars' runner.
Darius Leonard, a division rival and linebacker for the Colts, said, "He's big. He runs behind his pads. He's a dangerous back. He's about 235 running the rock, so nobody wants to hit him."
Despite finding the endzone just three times in 2019, Fournette did have the most consistent season of his career. He ran the ball 265 times, racking up 1,152 yards on the ground while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Fournetette had the most efficient season of his career, despite facing the fourth most loaded boxes of any runner in 2019. Among running backs, he averaged the fifth-most yards after contact per attempt.
Fournette developed into a proficient all-around back as he caught 76 passes en route to 522 yards receiving and also developed into a quality pass blocker.
The former first-round pick enters the final year of his rookie contract and will be looking to prove to the Jaguars or another potential suitor, that he's worth a hefty second contract in the league. If he performs as he did in 2019, and has just a bit of luck with touchdown regression to the mean, he'll find himself in a starting role again in 2021.
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