The transition to the NFL is supposed to be a little bumpy, even for the best players coming out of college. Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette disagrees.
“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said after Jacksonville’s 31-24 preseason win over New England. “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.”
Fournette didn’t start, but the Jags had him in by the second drive of the game. He carried the ball on the first four plays of the drive, including an 8-yard gain on fourth-and-1. Two drives later, he scored his first NFL touchdown:
Then he was asked if it’d matter to him if Raiders fans wearing his jersey sit or stand for the anthem.
“When we run ‘74’ or something like that where I’ve got to scan and read both sides, that’d be pretty difficult. But for the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”
If you don’t know what the hell he’s talking about, we don’t either, and that’s pretty much the point.
When Jack Del Rio was asked about Lynch after the game Saturday night, the Raiders coach said he didn’t know that the running back would sit but was told after the game that it was nothing new.
Lynch spoke supportively of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, but it seems Lynch’s decision not to stand predates Kaepernick’s, even if he wasn’t consistent about standing or sitting.
Maybe one day he’ll explain his decision-making process, but it wasn’t Thursday. He was forthcoming for other questions, though, even if he was his usual brief self for one.