Buccaneers: Leonard Fournette to solidify himself as starting running back

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have just one answer for starting running back

There may be a little bit of uncertainty currently, but it won’t be long before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have but one answer at starting running back.

The Buccaneers continue to keep Ronald Jones II listed as the starter on their official depth chart, but anyone who is watching this offense knows the way the tides are changing and it won’t be long before the Bucs are forced to make a change over to Leonard Fournette.

Fournette received the majority of the carries last week against the Carolina Panthers and it should be expected that, while Jones II will start the game and run out there first, it will again be Fournette who finishes the day as the leading rusher.

Leonard Fournette brings a different dimension to this Buccaneers offensive attack

This isn’t a shot at Ronald Jones II by any means.

Jones II is a talented running back, but he’s simply not getting done as the feature back. Through the first two games of the season, he is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and just hasn’t been able to break off any type of explosive runs.

Fournette, on the other hand, proves to be a threat any time he is given the ball- whether that be on a carry or out of the backfield on a pass.

There is a ‘trust factor’ that goes into making Fournette the starting running back and that, in my opinion, is why the Buccaneers haven’t made the move yet, but it won’t be long.

Look for Fournette to solidify himself over the course of the next couple of weeks as we see him get a greater grasp of the offense and consistently show his explosiveness and skill level.

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Fournette brings another dimension to this Buccaneers offense and he’s going to be needed moving forward as Tampa Bay attempts to make a run at the postseason.