Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette says transitioning to National Football League wasn't hard

Leonard Fournette

Fournette was picked fourth overall by the Jaguars and is now a favourite to win the rookie of the year award. While 3.4 yards per carry in his first preseason game may seem unimpressive and just a bit Trent Richardson-esque, there is no cause for concern because Fournette thought the game was pretty easy.

In fact, Fournette believes he can repeat Ezekiel Elliott's feat from 2016 and win the rushing title as a rookie.

Doug Marrone the new head coach for the Jaguars was excited as it was the first time he had seen Fournette play while being on the sidelines during a live game. "I think to me it was really easy".

Fournette said he's always dealt with plenty of pressure and doesn't think the pressure of being a pro will be any worse.

The first step to staying humble is always talking about how easy your new job as the top ball-carrier for an National Football League offense really is compared to playing in the SEC. "You have to feel like you can't be stopped".

"It's a lot slower than I really thought", Fournette told James Palmer of NFL.com after he ran for 31 yards and a TD on nine carries against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in an exhibition opener.

Fournette rushed for almost 4,000 yards in just three seasons at LSU, including 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore. But Fournette didn't say too much because, you know, he likes to be humble.

Marrone said Fournette is powerful and what he wanted to observe is the way he protects the ball and Marrone was pleased with what he saw in that regard. "Things like you don't see when you are at this level, you want to see, obviously it is a physical game, and you want to see how he reacts to it, and he had no issue with that at all".

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