Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Leonard Fournette will build off regained rhythm

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The culmination of Leonard Fournette’s run from the outhouse to the penthouse came during his touchdown run for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. In 2021, Fournette should be better for the Buccaneers.

It’s safe to say that Leonard Fournette’s career in the NFL didn’t exactly go according to plan. After the Jacksonville Jaguars made him the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Fournette was the number one option on the offense of a Jaguars team that made it all the way to the AFC Championship. Three seasons later, Fournette was cut in a turn of events he never saw happening.

When Fournette was picked up by the Buccaneers in 2020, it took a while for him to regain his mojo. “You know, I had to get my rhythm back,” Fournette told the Jalen and Jacoby Show via Joe Bucs Fan. He didn’t quite get it in the regular season, finishing with 97 carries for 367 yards and six touchdowns while catching 36 balls for 233 yards.

Then, Playoff Lenny came into our lives.

Fournette became one of the driving forces during the Bucs’ Super Bowl championship run, rushing 64 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns, including the dagger in Super Bowl LV. He also had 18 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Playoff Lenny’s four playoff touchdowns tied Mike Alstott for the most in the history of Buccaneers, which is nothing to sneeze at.

It’s pretty safe to say that Leonard Fournette has regained his rhythm, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Now that he, and the rest of the Buccaneers, will have a full offseason to build off that rhythm, the defending champs should be even better in 2021, Fournette, now wearing the same jersey number he wore at LSU, included. It all started with the Bucs giving him a chance to get his rhythm back, and now both parties are reaping the benefits.