Leonard Fournette finds NFL “slower” than expected, “really easy” after first preseason game

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Former St. Augustine and LSU standout running back Leonard Fournette has usually found football to be easy for him.

The NFL is no exception.

Fournette scored his first pro touchdown in his first career preseason game, a victory for his Jacksonville Jaguars over the New England Patriots.


After a nine-carry, 31-yard effort, Fournette sounded unimpressed with the NFL challenge.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”

In the spotlight since his freshman year of high school when he was already a highly-recruited varsity star runner for the Purple Knights, Fournette indicates he neither lacks confidence nor feels bothered by the pressure to live up to lofty expectations.

“I’ve had pressure my whole life,” Fournette said. “I’m built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I’ve never let the game get bigger than me and I’ve always stayed humble. That’s number one.”

It’s up to other people to form their own opinions about Fournette’s attitude and persona, but when it comes to how ‘easy’ Fournette makes the NFL seem, the results on the field over time will do the real talking one way or the other.

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