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Leonard Fournette: NFL Was Slower Than I Thought, Easier


Leonard Fournette looked like the real deal in his NFL debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night as they upended the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 31-24.

The former LSU star, who was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, recorded 31 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

But while Fournette impressed with his performance on the field, he made headlines for his comments afterwards.

Fournette discussed his NFL debut and raised some eyebrows when he said the game was a lot slower than he anticipated. He went on to add that it was “easier,” because of his experience in the SEC.

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette told “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. 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.”

Uh oh, Leonard. Just wait until the starters are actually playing and people are going at full speed.

Fournette may go on to have an impressive career and live up to the hype that he has in Jacksonville, but he’s probably going to want to pump the brakes on calling the NFL easy until he plays in a meaningful game.

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    Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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