This was a season to forget for Leonard Fournette. The second-year pro injured his hamstring in Week 1 and dealt with lingering issues all season. Then, he appeared to fall out of favor with the Jaguars management and coaching staff.
Last month, the Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees on Fournette’s rookie deal. There was even talk the team could be moving on from him entirely.
Now, it seems things have settled down. According to Ian Rapoport, Fournette had a productive meeting with Jacksonville executive VP Tom Coughlin and other members of the front office and that “things are headed in the right direction.”
Coughlin had called out Fournette and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon for their sideline behavior during a Week 17 loss to the Houston Texans.
Sources: #Jaguars star RB Leonard Fournette met executive VP Tom Coughlin and the rest of the team’s brass to clear the air and move forward together for 2019, sources say. Sounds like it went well for both sides and things are headed in the right direction.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2019
Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2017, but was limited to only eight games this season.
In those eight contests, Fournette posted 439 yards and five touchdowns while averaging just 3.3 yards per carry.
The Jaguars finished 5-11 one year after reaching the AFC Championship Game.