Buccaneers: 5 most dangerous players vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl 55

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Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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No. 4: Buccaneers Running Back Leonard Fournette

Yes, Ronald Jones II is still the Buccaneers’ leading running back. But the Super Bowl could open up chances for the Bucs’ other top tailback, Leonard Fournette.

While Fournette only managed 367 rush yards on 97 carries during the regular season, he did net six touchdowns and then became quite the workhorse during the playoffs, likely using his relatively fresh legs in what could be perceived as an upgrade over Jones.

Just consider Fournette’s efforts in the three postseason bouts so far:

  • Wild Card vs. Washington: 19 carries, 93 yards, one touchdown
  • Divisional round vs. New Orleans: 17 carries, 63 yards
  • NFC Championship vs. Green Bay: 12 carries, 55 yards, one touchdown

The No. 4 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft has gotten his chance to resurrect his career after flaming out with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and one has to figure a strong performance in the Super Bowl would go even further towards putting him back on the NFL map.

Especially against a Chiefs defense Football Outsiders ranked next to last in terms of stopping the run.