The Jaguars used the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft on running back Leonard Fournette. As a rookie, Fournette topped 1,000 yards, and the Jaguars improved from 3-13 to the AFC Championship Game. That has led many people to say that Fournette is proof that drafting St. Louis Blues Jersey a running back high in the first round can dramatically improve a team’s fortunes.
So where does the perception that Fournette had a great rookie year come from? Part of it is that Fournette had a 90-yard run and a 75-yard run, people saw those highlights and that’s what shaped their opinions of him. But if you take out those two runs, his average drops all the way from 3.9 yards per carry to 3.3 yards per carry. (By way of comparison, if you take out Le’Veon Bell’s top two runs last year, his average drops only from 4.0 to 3.9 yards.)
Fournette’s average of 3.88 yards per carry was two-tenths of a yard below the overall league-wide average of 4.08 yards per carry. Is that because the Jaguars called on him to pick up first downs in a lot of short-yardage situations? Nope. He gained first downs on just 17 percent of his carries. That was the lowest first down percentage of any of the 19 running backs who gained at least 800 yards last year; the NFL average was 21 percent of all rushing attempts producing first downs.
The point of this isn’t to rip Fournette. It’s not that he’s a bad player, just that his value to the Jaguars was overstated. He’s certainly not evidence that spending a high draft pick on a running back is the way to turn around a franchise.
That came after Roethlisberger said that he plans to play for 3-5 more years, which would eat up most or all of Rudolph’s rookie contract if he was in Pittsburgh for all those years. Rudolph said on NFL Network that he wouldn’t expect to hear anything else from the longtime Steelers starter.
Limited Womens Delanie Walker Jersey If I was Ben, I’d probably say the same thing, Rudolph said. He’s a competitor. Obviously, he has a lot of confidence in himself, like I do and yeah, he’s going to be a future Hall of Famer and I would expect him to say that. So I’m just looking forward to going in there and learning the system, competing, raising my level of play, preparing like I’m the starter even though obviously I won’t be the starter. And just waiting and being prepared for whenever I get my time. Whenever my time comes, to be ready and take advantage of it.