Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette says for the first time in his life he "really has a quarterback" and it will make his life easier. Fournette, the No. 4 pick of the 2017 NFL draft, spent his first three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars moved on from Fournette last week and the Buccaneers picked up the 25-year-old running back. This offseason, six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady left the New England Patriots to be the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers.
While in Jacksonville, Fournette played with three different quarterbacks -- Blake Bortless, Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew. "For the first time in my life, I really have a quarterback, so that's an eye-opener for me.
Not a lot of pressure is going to come on me," Fournette said, per ESPN. "Me coming to Tampa made perfect sense. I felt like they had all the keys I needed and vice versa. I can help the team out and also they can help me.
I think it's probably one of my first seasons running in probably a six-man box. ... I made sure all of that was in consideration of me coming here."
Fournette thinks everything will work out well with the Buccaneers
"Everything's gonna take care of itself," Fournette said.
"My job is to come out here and compete the best I can, get in the playbook, understand what they want from me, and the rest will take care of itself. "We have guys -- Shady, RoJo, other guys in there -- I'm comfortable with my role right now.
I don't have to get beat up every week. We can split carries, which is gonna help a lot on our bodies towards the end of the year when we're trying to make that run for whatever, the playoffs, or whatever the case may be.
I'm fine with my role right now." The Jaguars moved on from their biggest names as they entered the rebuilding mode. When asked why things didn't work out with the Jaguars, Fournette said: "I don't know.
Time changes everything. I'm moving past that. My time there was great. I made a bond with a lot of the coaches and some of the players -- that's my brothers for life, and some of those coaches I built a relationship with -- things happen.
I guess it wasn't God's plan -- God had other things for me to do. ... I'm moving on from it."