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Leonard Fournette had perfect hoodie for playoff pregame

Leonard Fournette on the practice field

Jul 27, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was more than ready for the team’s wild-card game on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fournette was seen on the field pregame wearing a special custom hoodie bearing his famous “Playoff Lenny” nickname, as well as his No. 7.

Fournette has embraced the nickname he acquired in the 2020 playoff run, when he ran for 300 yards over four games as the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. That those performances came on the back of a middling season only made the moniker stick even more.

Playoff Lenny has not looked all that sharp at times in the regular season, and he wound up limited to a mediocre 3.5 yards per game. He has also looked slow at times, but maybe the playoffs will be precisely what he needs.

Leonard Fournette tweets message for critics of his conditioning

Leonard Fournette on the practice field

Jul 27, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette has been mocked for his weight and perceived poor conditioning all season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star is clearly tired of hearing it.

Fournette played a big role in the Bucs’ 19-16 overtime win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. While his 72 yards on 20 carries were nothing overly impressive, Fournette added 9 catches and 90 receiving yards.

On Monday, Fournette took to Twitter to fire back at those who have accused him of being out of shape. The veteran running back said he has been fighting through a foot injury.

“I hate when people be on here just talking saying Iโ€™m out of shape etc do yโ€™all understand Iโ€™m playing with a lisfranc in my foot every week can barley push off my foot but through the Grace of God Iโ€™m going to keep proving yโ€™all wrong … #BucsWin,” Fournette wrote.

It may be true that Fournette has a Lisfranc injury, but there were questions about his weight long before that. There was a report during the summer that Buccaneers coaches were not happy with Fournette because he was out of shape. Fournette tried to make light of that by tweeting out a funny photo.

Fournette has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 14 games this year. He has lost some work to rookie Rachaad White over the second half of the season, but he still has a big role.

The Bucs are in first in the NFC South despite their 7-8 record. Fournette may have another opportunity to live up to his “Playoff Lenny” nickname.

Everyone said the same thing about Leonard Fournette on Monday night

Leonard Fournette on the practice field

Jul 27, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone said the same thing about Leonard Fournette after watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in Week 13.

The Buccaneers kicked a field goal on their opening possession of their game. The three points were somewhat disappointing considering they went 72 yards on 16 plays over 8:35.

The Bucs had a great chance to score on third-and-goal with a quick pass from Tom Brady to Fournette. But Fournette was chased down by Marcus Maye for a gain of one yard, leading to the field goal attempt.

After watching that play and seeing how quickly Maye closed on Fournette, everyone couldn’t believe just how slow Fournette was.

Others felt the Bucs should have had Rachaad White in the game.

Fournette is in his sixth season in the league. The 27-year-old has seemingly become a plodder and is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this season.

Playoff Lenny ran the 40 in 4.51 seconds during the 2017 combine. That seems to have been five long years ago.

Bucs burned by incredibly dumb play call against Seahawks

Tom Brady tripped a defender after an interception

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked better offensively on Sunday than they have throughout most of the season, but one of their drives came to an abrupt halt because of a terrible play call.

The Bucs had a 14-3 lead late in the third quarter and drove the ball deep into Seattle Seahawks’ territory. Tom Brady was in a great rhythm with his wide receivers when offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich decided to call a trick play. Brady lined up wide left as a receiver on 1st-and-10. Leonard Fournette took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and tried to float a pass to Brady. It was underthrown and led to an easy interception for cornerback Tariq Woolen.

You can see the play below:

To make matters worse, Brady was called for tripping on the play. That gave the Seahawks better field position.

Leftwich was eventually bailed out by Tampa Bay’s defense. The Seahawks drove into the red zone before Geno Smith fumbled and the Bucs recovered.

The Buccaneers have been terrible on offense for most of the season. Brady even raised some concerning questions about his teammates this week. That is probably why Leftwich came into the game trying to be more creative, but there was no need to call a trick play in that situation with the way the offense was humming.

Leonard Fournette nearly missed Germany trip over passport issue

Leonard Fournette on the practice field

Jul 27, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled overseas this week for the NFL’s first ever game in Germany, and Leonard Fournette was nearly forced to miss the trip.

Fournette had a passport issue that was not resolved until later in the week, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The star running back needed a replacement passport to be able to travel out of the United States, and the delivery of the document was delayed in the mail due to weather issues. The passport finally arrived at around noon on Thursday, which was just a few hours before the Bucs left for Germany.

Fournette leads the Buccaneers in rushing this season with 402 yards, though he is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Tampa Bay’s offense as a whole has struggled, and part of the reason for that is their inability to establish a solid run game.

Though Fournette will likely continue to get the bulk of the carries against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, rookie Rachaad White has seen his role increase in recent weeks. That trend could continue down the stretch.

Leonard Fournette, Marshon Lattimore fined over fight

Leonard Fournette and Marshon Lattimiore

Leonard Fournette and Marshon Lattimore did not escape Sunday’s incident between them without some discipline.

Both Fournette and Lattimore were fined $13,367 by the NFL for their role in a fight during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints.

The altercation began when Tom Brady was upset over something, and Lattimore had some words for the Bucs QB. Fournette came over and defended Brady. Fournette and Lattimore exchanged shoves. Then Mike Evans came in and leveled Lattimore (video here).

Evans was suspended a game for the fight and even faced some conspiracy theories over the discipline.

Two other Bucs players received fines for incidents unrelated to the Lattimore/Evans/Fournette altercation. Carlton Davis and Devin White both received fines for separate matters.

Leonard Fournette has message for his fantasy owners

Leonard Fournette on the practice field

Jul 27, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette has been fairly productive to begin the 2022 season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a 2-0 start. However, there is still one group of people that the star running back knows he needs to be better for — his fantasy owners.

Fournette rushed for 65 yards on 24 attempts in Sunday’s 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints. He rumbled for 127 yards on 21 rushes in a Week 1 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. Fournette has also added four catches for 19 yards. What he has not done is find the end zone. The veteran apologized for that on Monday morning.

Fournette was one of the first running backs off the board in fantasy football drafts, and for good reason. The Bucs have been using him in a workhorse role after he was extremely effective for them last season, when he averaged a career-high 4.5 yards per carry.

While Fournette has yet to find pay dirt, his fantasy owners have to feel good about him getting 49 touches in two games. It seems like the weight concerns we heard about during the offseason are not an issue for Fournette. As he said, the touchdowns will come.

Leonard Fournette trolls Micah Parsons for complaining about block

Leonard Fournette blocks Micah Parsons

Leonard Fournette sent Micah Parsons to the turf with a big block during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. If that wasn’t enough, Fournette then had to troll the star pass-rusher about it the following day.

Parsons took to Twitter after the Cowboys’ 19-3 loss to downplay the way Fournette laid him out. He said people need to stop hyping up Fournette’s big hit because it is easy to get the best of a defender who isn’t even looking at you.

“Now go watch the tape! And see what happenned (sic) when it was me and him one on one!!! You hit someone not looking you straight p—y!! Stop hyping this weak a– s— itโ€™s football!!” Parsons wrote (edited by LBS for profanity).

Fournette responded on Monday with the famous crying Michael Jordan meme.

The block that sent Parsons flying came when Fournette hit him as he was engaged with a Bucs offensive lineman. You can see the video here. One Pro Bowl player even called on the NFL to outlaw similar plays.

Fournette clearly does not regret it, nor should he. The block was clean and gave Tom Brady more time to deliver a deep pass to Julio Jones.

Von Miller blasts NFL over Leonard Fournette’s block on Micah Parsons

Von Miller at training camp

Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette made a big play in pass protection on Sunday night that helped Tom Brady complete a deep pass to Julio Jones, but one Pro Bowl player was not impressed.

Fournette threw a huge block on Micah Parsons that sent the Dallas Cowboys linebacker to the turf. The block made it easier for Brady to stand in the pocket and find Jones for a gain of 48 yards. While Fournette did not hit Parsons low, he did somewhat blindside him since Parsons was already engaged with an offensive lineman. Von Miller tweeted a video of the play on Monday morning and said it “must be taken out of the game!”

Miller’s argument seemed to be that Fournette’s hit on Parsons was excessive. That would be a difficult thing to officiate. The NFL has tried to crack down on certain types of blocks in recent years. High-low blocks, which is when one offensive player hits a defender low while another offensive player is already engaged with that player above the waist, are now illegal. Since Fournette’s hit on Parsons was above the waist, it was within the rules.

Parsons had two sacks in the game, which helps explain why the Bucs put an extra body on him. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year recently shared a profane message about a different kind of block, but what Fournette did to him was considered clean. Miller clearly does not see it that way.

Video: Leonard Fournette nails Micah Parsons with big block

Leonard Fournette blocks Micah Parsons

Leonard Fournette is not afraid to get his hands dirty with some pass-blocking.

Tom Brady was lined up in the shotgun for a passing play in the first half of Sunday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. Micah Parsons, who is the Cowboys’ premier pass-rusher, was lined up against left tackle Josh Wells.

Wells was in at left tackle as a backup after Donovan Smith got hurt. Parsons was able to get a good push on Wells, but what he didn’t see coming was Fournette, who hit him on the blindside and knocked him down.

Take a look at this block:

It’s one thing to block someone one-on-one and pancake them, and something totally different to nail them from the side as a helper. But that was still a pretty good shot from Playoff Lenny.

Parsons had two sacks in the first half against Tampa Bay, which explains why the Bucs needed some extra attention on the second-year linebacker. Fournette provided more than adequate help on that play.