Leonard Fournette responds to weight concerns in since-deleted tweet
Leonard Fournette may have gained a few pounds over the past year or so, but the star running back implied on Monday that the recent talk about his weight gain has been greatly exaggerated.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter Rick Stroud said on his podcast last week that Bucs coaches were unhappy that Fournette showed up to minicamp so out of shape. The former first-round pick supposedly weighs around 260 pounds now, which would be massive for a back.
“No I weighed 245 y’all say anything,” Fournette wrote.
That is not exactly a denial. What Fournette seemed to be saying was that he did not go from 228 to 260. That does not mean he is shy of 260 at the moment. Stroud is not backing down from his reporting, either.
Mandatory minicamp was nearly SIX weeks ago. He admitted to weighing 240-something. I asked a coach if he was more like 250-something. His response was “more.” That weight is likely gone.
New contract not only thing bulky about Leonard Fournette.. https://t.co/RXBxTIpcDE
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 18, 2022
The most Fournette was listed at was 235 pounds in his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those numbers could be inaccurate, but it seems obvious that he has packed on weight over the years. He wasn’t exactly looking slim in photos that were taken during minicamp.