Leonard Fournette joined the Rich Eisen Show last Thursday and revealed that his goal for his rookie season in 2017 is to win the NFL rushing title. Not the rookie rushing title, but THE NFL RUSHING TITLE. Yeah, he'll have to outrush guys like LeVeon Bell, David Johnson, Zeke Elliot, LeSean McCoy, and DeMarco Murray. Even for a guy who is being compared to some of the greats coming out of college that would surpass my wildest expectations. As for the goal of winning the Super Bowl, Fournette is now the second Jaguar player to publicly talk about winning the Super Bowl early on this season. Let's hope these guys aren't getting ahead of themselves.
When asked what his goal for 2017 was Fournette had this to say:
(Winning) the rushing title, of course, and really just doing whatever I can to make the team better, and also the Super Bowl.
If Fournette is able to fulfill his goal of being the NFL's leading rusher at the end of 2017 season, he'll need a lot of help, especially from the Jaguars offensive line, a unit that struggled greatly to create push in the run game just a season ago. Fournette would be the second Jaguar in history (Maurice Jones-Drew lead the NFL in rushing in 2011) to lead the league in rushing. He would also be the second consecutive rookie to take home the title - Cowboys rookie runner Ezekiel Elliot lead all rushers in 2016.
Fournette mentioned that he had been in contact with running back legends Eric Dickerson, Fred Taylor, and Marshall Faulk. He's known Marshall for some time - Faulk and Fournette's father are good friends. Having the advice and guidance of former NFL greats is invaluable for the young running back.
These are some lofty goals, to be sure, but if Fournette walks the walk like he talks the talk then Jaguars fans will be in for a real treat come September.
Do you think Fournette can win the NFL rushing title as a rookie? Could the Jaguars actually win the Super Bowl in 2017? Let us know in the comment section below