Leonard Fournette announced his intent to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday with an admittedly pretty badass Photoshop:
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) September 3, 2020
The Bucs are assembling an offense full of people we’ve Heard Of. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and now-unretired Rob Gronkowski are a coterie of weapons for Tom Brady. Now they’ve added Fournette, who was the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft just three years ago.
Social media has gone wild over the signing, and this is understandable because whether they win or lose the Bucs are going to be absolute must see TV. But let’s pump the brakes on Fournette being a dramatic difference-maker until he proves otherwise.
Last season, Fournette averaged 4.3 yards per carry. 25 running backs averaged higher. Fournette only had three rushing touchdowns. Any team in the league that wanted him could’ve had him for a sixth round pick, but no one obliged.
Maybe Fournette has a renaissance with Bruce Arians and all these weapons around him, or maybe he’s a platoon back with Ronald Jones. The latter feels more likely to me.