Micah Parsons had a very good game against the Buccaneers in a Cowboys loss, but one play from Leonard Fournette against the defender still has people talking.
Some saltiness was bound to come after that Buccaneers win last night. Tampa, led by stellar defensive play and a great performance by Leonard Fournette on the ground, beat the brakes off the Cowboys in the second prime time game of the year.
Outside of the defenders, Fournette was the star for the Bucs. With 127 yards on the ground, this offense started and stopped with the former LSU back, and his rushes weren’t even his best play.
Fournette set the NFL Twitter world on fire not with his rushing, but with a timely block of Micah Parsons that stemmed some serious bleeding on the pass-protection front for the Buccaneers after (and before) the loss of Donovan Smith.
Parsons is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. It made sense that he was able to get through to Brady with general ease, and someone had to step up with Josh Wells on the field.
When Parsons tried to make a move against Wells to get around through the outside, Leonard Fournette put his shoulder down, planted his feet, hit Parsons in the shoulder while engaged with Wells, and put the defensive phenom on the ground.
While the fans loved the play, some players (notably Von Miller and Parsons) have come out against Fournette.
First of all, Fournette’s response was hilarious. But let’s look at what Parsons was saying. He didn’t see Fournette? Really? After dominating Josh Wells, it didn’t occur to one of the best pass rushers in the NFL to keep his head up to watch for the running back to help?
Not going to buy that. The hit came to Parsons’ front. If you can’t turn your head to look out for blockers, you are just waiting for a guy like Leonard Fournette to put you on your ass.
This wasn’t necessary after a game where Parsons was actually excellent. Just take the L and move on.
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