JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars management, together with government vp of soccer operations Tom Coughlin, met with operating again Leonard Fournette on Wednesday, and the group mentioned his disappointing season and plans for the future, a league supply confirmed.
The Jaguars have notified operating again Leonard Fournette that his suspension late final month voided the remaining ensures in his four-year rookie contract.
The actions of Jaguars operating backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon didn’t sit properly with Jacksonville’s government vp Tom Coughlin, who unloaded on the 2 after a loss to Houston.
The bodily tailback’s manufacturing has dropped off due to varied accidents since 2015, however his type matches Jacksonville’s power-running assault.
The NFL Community first reported the assembly.
There are questions on Fournette’s maturity, dedication to soccer, conditioning, on-field habits and manufacturing after the 2018 season. There was some hypothesis that the workforce can be keen to commerce — or reduce — him within the offseason.
Fournette actually hasn’t lived up to being the fourth total choice in 2017. He missed seven video games this previous season due to accidents, was suspended for an additional, had a number of off-field points and let himself get out of practice. The season ended on a bitter word when Coughlin publicly criticized Fournette (who was inactive due to a foot damage) and T.J. Yeldon for sitting alone on the bench and appearing disinterested in the course of the season finale. Coughlin stated they had been “disrespectful, egocentric and their habits was unbecoming that of knowledgeable soccer participant.”
That capped an terrible yr for Fournette. One season after lacking two video games with accidents, Fournette missed six full video games and half of two others with a proper hamstring damage within the first eight weeks and there was mounting frustration contained in the group concerning the size of his absence. The Jaguars constructed the offense round a power-run sport and the offense had a tough time functioning persistently with out Fournette on the sphere.
All that point away apparently impacted his conditioning. He ended the season heavier than when he reported for coaching camp, when he stated he was down to 223 kilos (his lowest weight since his sophomore season at LSU). The CBS broadcast crew in the course of the Week 16 sport towards Miami stated Fournette, who reported at 240 kilos as a rookie in 2017, instructed them he was 233 kilos.
It is uncommon for an NFL participant to achieve weight in the course of the season, and Fournette was unable to do a lot, if any, conditioning in the course of the time he was rehabbing his hamstring. He did admit that he might be in higher form.
Fournette was suspended with out pay for leaving the bench and preventing with Buffalo Payments defensive lineman Shaq Lawson in the course of the Jaguars’ 24-21 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 25. Fournette stated he ran throughout the sphere as a result of he noticed Lawson shove Carlos Hyde and wished to defend his teammate. It is the second time Fournette has missed a sport due to disciplinary causes. The workforce made him inactive for one sport as a rookie as punishment for leaving Jacksonville early and lacking a workforce photograph in the course of the bye week.
Fournette additionally was caught on video yelling at a fan within the stands in the course of the workforce’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee on Dec. 6. The video clip launched on TMZ.com confirmed Fournette yelling that he was going to “beat your ass” at an unknown fan earlier than two individuals escorted Fournette away.
The Jaguars put him on the bench late within the season due to his lack of manufacturing. He did not have a carry within the third quarter towards Washington in Week 15 and he had one carry within the fourth quarter and left the sport after hurting his foot. That left rookie David Williams — who was enjoying in simply his fourth sport — to carry the ball.
Fournette additionally wasn’t on the sphere when the Jaguars had been attempting to run out the clock towards Miami late within the fourth quarter the subsequent week. These carries went to Hyde, who had 5 carries for 37 yards on the Jaguars’ ultimate possession. Fournette, who ran for 7 yards on the primary play of the drive earlier than leaving the sport, completed with 43 yards on 18 carries (2.four yards per carry).
Fournette completed his second season with 439 yards and 5 touchdowns dashing and averaged simply three.three yards per carry within the eight video games by which he performed. He ran for greater than 53 yards simply twice and by no means surpassed 95 yards dashing in any sport. It’s the first time Fournette has failed to file no less than one 100-yard sport in a season since earlier than his time at St. Augustine Excessive Faculty in New Orleans.
He rushed for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns and averaged three.9 yards per carry as an NFL rookie.