Leonard Fournette said he has a legitimate quarterback for the first time in his career after joining Tom Brady’s Buccaneers.
Fournette joined Tampa Bay after he was released by the Jaguars ahead of the new NFL season.
After playing alongside Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew in Jacksonville for the past three seasons, Fournette is excited to be linking up with legendary QB and six-time Super Bowl champion Brady. In the process, he seemingly threw shade at his past signal-callers.
“For the first time in my life, I really have a quarterback, so that’s an eye-opener for me. Not a lot of pressure is going to come on me,” said Fournette.
“Me coming to Tampa made perfect sense. I felt like they had all the keys I needed and vice versa. I can help the team out and also they can help me.
“I think it’s probably one of my first seasons running in probably a six-man box … I made sure all of that was in consideration of me coming here.”
Fournette — the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft — rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Jaguars.
The 25-year-old also recorded 134 receptions for 1,009 yards and two touchdowns during that period.
Ahead of Sunday’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints, Fournette said: “Everything’s gonna take care of itself. My job is to come out here and compete the best I can, get in the playbook, understand what they want from me, and the rest will take care of itself.
“We have guys – Shady (LeSean McCoy), RoJo (Ronald Jones), other guys in there – I’m comfortable with my role right now. I don’t have to get beat up every week. We can split carries, which is gonna help a lot on our bodies towards the end of the year when we’re trying to make that run for whatever, the playoffs, or whatever the case may be. I’m fine with my role right now.”