Leonard Fournette wants to play Thursday

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 04: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs with the ball during the Jaguars training camp on August 4, 2017 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire)
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Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette wants to play in his team’s next preseason game on Thursday evening against the Atlanta Falcons, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union. Fournette last played in the Jaguars’ first exhibition contest against the New England Patriots back on August 10 en route to rushing for 31 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.

However, he missed Jacksonville’s following two preseason games with a foot injury. Now, he’s ready to return. Of course, Fournette knows that it’s up to head coach Doug Marrone to make that determination.

“Hopefully coach will put me in and we’ll see,” said Fournette. “Most definitely a drive or two, man, just to get back in a rhythm with the team, especially with the game speed. I go against our defense everyday and we have one of the best in the league right now. So when the first game come, I feel like nobody is going to lose pace or nothing.”

Marrone has not yet made a decision on whether or not Fournette will play. One thing is for sure: the Jaguars could have used the 22-year-old in their last two exhibition losses, as their ground game struggled tremendously.

“Everybody have bad games, nobody’s perfect,” said Fournette of Jacksonville’s struggles in getting a running game going without him. “Going to have some hiccups sometimes, but you have to keep fighting through it. We don’t have to have big home runners each and every time. Two or three yards a carry that’s fine.”

The Jaguars selected Fournette, who played his collegiate football at LSU, with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft back in April.

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