Jaguars physicality on display thanks to Leonard Fournette

Jaguars RB waved at Steelers DB to come tackle him

Leonard Fournette ran for 181years and two touchdowns in the Game 5 upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Leonard Fournette ran for 181years and two touchdowns in the Game 5 upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Becoming a physical football team that imposes their will against an opponent is exactly what the Jaguars had in mind when they drafted Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 pick. The rookie running back has never been short on confidence. He took it one step further during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


After stiff arming one defender, Fournette kept running and simultaneously motioned for Steelers safety Mike Mitchell to come hit him. The two had been going back and forth all game long. That single play encompasses how the Jaguars want to play football. 

"That’s our attitude said,” said left tackle Cam Robinson. “He wasn’t sending a message to our offense because that’s how we are. I think he was trying to send a message to their defense. This is how we play, hard nose and physical. We’re not running from any contact.”

The game plan in the second half of Sunday’s game was simple. Run the ball until Pittsburgh stops it. Quarterback Blake Bortles only attempted a single pass after half-time. Meanwhile Fournette pounded the Steelers for gains of 13, 12 and 11 yards before breaking a 90-yard touchdown. In all the Jaguars closed the game with 18 straight runs. 

“It just show what kind of team we are,” said defensive tackle Malik Jackson. “We like contact and we’re very physical. We want the issue to be brought to us so we can show teams we’re coming. I think seeing that is just a symbol of who we are.”

Fournette finished with a season-high 181 yards and two touchdowns. He’s now scored at least one touchdown in all five games this season. 

“He can give you both,” said wide receiver Marqise Lee. “He has the mobility to get out there and make moves and make people miss. At times he doesn’t want to make anybody miss and wants to just go through you. He has the body type and the style to do that.”