Leonard Fournette is not short on confidence going into his first NFL season.
With just one game of preseason football under his belt, Fournette is already saying that playing at the pro level isn’t that much of a challenge. Speaking with NFL.com after the Jaguars 31-24 win over the Patriots to start the preseason, Fournette said of the league, “It’s a lot slower than I really thought.”
“That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL,” Fournette continued. “A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC, that kind of helped me a lot. I think, to me, it was really easy.”
In his first taste of NFL preseason action, Fournette had nine carries for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Fournette was picked fourth overall by the Jaguars and is currently a favourite to win the rookie of the year award. When asked if he could pull off a similar season to Cowboys breakout star Ezekiel Elliott, Fournette replied simply, “Yeah. I think so.”
But Fournette’s high thinking of himself isn’t necessarily braggadocio. Instead, it can be seen an important belief for any player in the league to have, especially for younger players. Simply put, in order to be the best you have to think you are first.
“I’m a confident guy and I try to give my offensive line confidence, too,” Fournette said. “You have to feel like you can’t be stopped.”
The Jaguars open the season September 10 against the Houston Texans.