Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette: NFL ‘a lot slower than I really thought’

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette anticipates doing big things during his NFL career and the team selected him in the NFL Draft with hopes that he does those big things in a Jags uni.

The Jacksonville running back rushed 9 times for 31 yards and scored a touchdown during the Jaguars 31-24 victory over the New England Patriots in their Thursday preseason tilt.

Fournette spoke to NFL.com after the game about his initial impressions of the NFL game.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought” Fournette said.

“That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC, that kind of helped me a lot.

“I think, to me, it was really easy.”

Things may not be as easy as the preseason turns into the regular season and players, particularly starters, are playing more and going full tilt.

“I’ve had pressure my whole life,” Fournette said.

“I’m built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I’ve never let the game get bigger than me and I’ve always stayed humble. That’s No. 1.”

Fournette isn’t lacking in confidence and believes that he can put together the kind of season that Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot did during his rookie year.

“Yeah, I think so,” Fournette said.

“I’m a confident guy, and I try to give my offensive line confidence too. You have to feel like you can’t be stopped.”

 

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