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Outside of maybe Tom Brady, no one on the Bucs’ offense is more discussed than running back Leonard Fournette. The emergence of Fournette over the last three games has not only helped the Bucs win all three, but it’s brought a level of excitement as well.

Fournette has 332 rushing yards on 78 attempts and three touchdowns this season, along with 25 receptions for 213 yards. The bulk of this, though, has come in wins over New England, Miami and Philadelphia. Fournette accounted for 376 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns in those games.

There’s no question he’s found a groove in this offense, and a couple of more nicknames to go with it. These include “All Season Lenny” and “Thursday Night Lenny” to add to the ever growing list.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette and LG Ali Marpet

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette and LG Ali Marpet – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“My coaches trust in me and in the game plan,” Fournette said. “And the players too. So just taking on that role. I’ve been doing it my whole life too. Last year kind of helped me too. I still feel fresh, not getting the ball a lot of times [led to] not too many bruises on my body. So I feel good. I’m in good shape right now.”

“(He’s) really good, really good,” head coach Bruce Arians said about Fournette’s growth in Tampa Bay. “He’s fit in, he’s found his niche. When ‘RoJo’ (Ronald Jones II) got hurt he took over and he’s not looking back. He’s playing really, really well.”

Playing so well brings a lot of joy with it. Fournette’s had a great time with the Bucs, going so far as to say that he feels as happy as his rookie year with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Yeah, I’m happy here,” Fournette said. “I’m very happy. I was probably my first year in Jacksonville, but it’s like it’s back to that. I’ve got the one year under my belt with a great group of guys and people. I love it here. And they love me, so same.”

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PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988(@buclover1988)
2 months ago

Fitting In Lenny. All Day Lenny. Took Your Job Lenny. Loving It Here Lenny.

Leonard Fournette has finally found his Grove. Love his running style and how he’s beginning to embrace the type of running back he is. A power back with some shiftyness and reliable hands out the backfield.

JSW
JSW(@pewtereyes)
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

I found my grove – then they cut down all the trees and built condos… But that was a groovy comment! :)

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

That is why he was the 5th overall pick.

Dude
Dude(@dude)
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

How about “Groovin’ Lenny” to add to your list?

JSW
JSW(@pewtereyes)
2 months ago

Maybe someday: “Gold Jacket Lenny”…tbd

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
2 months ago

I listened to an interview with Leonard Fournette on the NFL channel on Sirius XM a couple days ago, one of the interviewers being “Shady” McCoy who is now retired, but played last season with Fournette. What was interesting was that “Everyday Lenny” mostly talked about the team and his teammates, rather than himself. When questions regarding his individual performance came up he quickly deflected. He loves that there are so many people doing so well so that anybody can contribute at any time. That seems to be the mindset of the entire team this season. Tom Brady’s unselfishness despite… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Regarding that last paragraph, I vividly recall some of the selfish pricks that we had on the 2002-2003 Super Bowl championship team, specifically Keyshawn Johnson and Warren Sapp. They could not repeat the following year, in fact they crashed the following season, and unselfishness was not a key characteristic of that group. This group is far superior to that team, even if they lack a couple of the Hall of Famers on the defense that the last SB team had. It’s more than made up for the sure fire Hall of Famers from this offense, and potentially more guys from… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Totally agree with you.

Dave
Dave(@blackwater)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

That Super Bowl team would beat this Bucs team by four touchdowns. The defense wasn’t just better, it was legendary, one of the best the NFL has ever seen or will see. It held teams to less than 13 points per game that season. The offense of that team would decimate our current defense. The game would be even more lopsided than our win over the Raiders was in the Super Bowl. To say this group is “far superior” to that group is truly absurd. I have to imagine you didn’t actually witness that team play, and only heard about… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Dave
PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988(@buclover1988)
Reply to  Dave
2 months ago

4 tds? Ehh, that’s a stretch. You’re absolutely right, the 02-03 defense was legendary, that being said, I wouldn’t bet against the GOAT. Not a chance. This Buc team has weapons everywhere and two Hof at wr and one at tight end. Who would cover brown and Evans? Plus Godwin and Gronk? Brooks probably takes Gronk, but honestly that’s the only matchup that they could go with and feel like they got a shot. Barber is not covering Evans, brown, and Godwin all game, nor is Brian Kelly. The offensive line is much better than the 02-03 team. Brady would… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by PissedOffBuc1988
aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  Dave
2 months ago

LOL, “back in my day…” Don’t worry old man, they won’t be playing anytime soon. Sit back down in your rocker and enjoy the game.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
2 months ago

Glad all is going well.Go Bucs!

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
2 months ago

Hopefully now that he’s got the Coaches trust and getting more playing time he will continue taking catching the ball more seriously and pushing the piles. If he keeps catching reliably and getting extra yards after contact then he’s everything we need. But if he goes back to drops and going down on shoestring tackles then we will need another RB next year. As long as he’s consistent it’s great!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

Contrary to propaganda from Jon Ledyard and the Fournette haters here, Fournette has always been a reliable pass catcher. His ratio of passes caught to targets has barely nudged higher in his time with the Bucs vs. his time before on the Jags.. and his ratio of passes caught is second only to Gio Bernard on the Bucs, at near 80% (he caught 85% of his targets in last year’s playoffs, leading the entire league in that category, as well as in all purpose yards, receiving plus running – LAST YEAR).

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
2 months ago

Playoff Lenny is what u would call a maturing player. He’s been THE offense in Jacksonville. Now he is part of an ensemble of offensive players and he doesn’t have to carry the offense as he is just a part and not the whole. After an initial adjustment period both the Bucs and even Lenny himself is seeing a better more complete Fournette. I was an early skeptic but hopeful. I give him his props. He has balled out these last couple of games. It’s actually taken a little pressure off Brady. Easier for Brady to exploit the defense when… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
2 months ago

I “coined” the nickname, “Worth Every Penny Lenny”. Once he had “the talk” with Coach, his entire mental approach changed. Coaching isn’t all about X’s and O’s.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
2 months ago

Good reliable back that can catch the ball, block and get the tough yards. Just what the Bucs need.

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