Buccaneers: Leonard Fournette has further opened up passing game

Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers passing attack is set to further explode now that there is a growing threat of a run game for the Buccaneers, which is frightening.

So far in 2021, Tom Brady is doing things that quite frankly should be illegal for any 44-year-old man to do. While other mortals of that age are complaining of lower back pain, hair loss/grayness, and other family related matters, Brady is on pace to win his fourth MVP award of his most glorious career.

The aerial assault the Bucs have been laying down on opponents thus far has been something to behold. With the rate that the offense is sailing up and down the field, it’s easy to say that Brady should just throw the ball 60 times per game. Of course, that is a little unrealistic, and after all we don’t want Brady‘s beautiful arm falling off.

Luckily, the running game has come alive at the perfect time. Just when they needed him most, Leonard Fournette has morphed into his second seasonal form of “Late Season Lenny”. Since the bye, has rushed for 339 yards and four touchdowns, not to mention adding 32 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns in that span. With a perfectly capable understudy in Ronald Jones behind him, not to mention Giovani Bernard (who’s currently on the shelf) and with Ke’Shawn Vaughn and now Kenjon Barner providing amicable depth, suddenly the Buccaneers rushing attack looks somewhat threatening.

This is great news for Brady and his bombers.

Now that the run game is motoring the way it is, that opens up the playbook for endless possibilities of play-action passes. After all, the play-action is most deadly when there’s a threat of a run game since the defense has to keep an eye on the back. It’s been almost comical watching defenses not try to stop Brady obviously, but simply try to contain him. Now imagine the yucks we should all share as Brady and the Bucs start slinging in the rock all over the yard with help of a deadly play-action pass game.

Of course, this would not be possible without the greatness of Brady, but Late Season Lenny coming alive once again has opened up, and will continue to open up, the playbook as it pertains to play action passes, and the offense in general. At the rate he’s going, his evolution into the notorious “Playoff Lenny” is imminent. It’s also easy to get ahead of ourselves as there’s a good chance his final form of “Lombardi Lenny“ is also on the horizon.

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