5 potential targets for Broncos at running back
Coming off back-to-back productive seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Leonard Fournette could be the bruiser that the Denver Broncos may be looking for to pair with Javonte Williams.
Fournette is not going to be a game-changing back or a big-play threat, but what he can do is fall forward. While it seems like Fournette is ancient, he is currently just 27 years old. His yards per carry is right at the threshold of what you ask for from your running back, with 4.0 yards per carry.
Meeting this number is important for one simple reason, if you have three carries back-to-back-to-back, and gain four yards on each, that moves the chains. That is 12 yards on a three-play sample size which is enough to keep your offense on the field in a hypothetical scenario.
Fournette had 10 total touchdowns last season, eight on the ground and two through the air. He gained 812 rushing yards to pair with a shocking 454 receiving yards.
Oh, another interesting tidbit, Fournette was the bell cow back in Jacksonville while current Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett was the offensive coordinator. Do you know who his running backs coach was during that time?
Current Denver Broncos’ running backs coach, Tyrone Wheatley. Basically what I’m trying to get across here is that there is history between Hackett, Wheatley and Fournette. If we have learned anything from Nathaniel Hackett’s coaching staff, it’s that he trusts familiarity.
During his rookie season in 2017, Fournette shined in what was an offense that had Denver Broncos’ practice squad legend Blake Bortles at the helm. With Mike Boone and Javonte Williams providing the lightning for the rushing attack, Leonard Fournette would be a fine fit as the thunder.