Bucs HC Bowles Praises Fournette’s Conditioning

A lot has been made about Bucs operating again Leonard Fournette gaining weight this offseason. Simply months after signing a profitable three-year contract extension price $7 million per yr, Fournette confirmed as much as Bucs mini-camp weighing reportedly near 260 kilos. The Bucs’ roster lists Fournette at 228 kilos, however that hasn’t been his precise weight since he entered the NFL Draft in 2017.

He performed at 235-240 kilos final yr and is nearer to that weight coming into camp. Fournette has been figuring out over the summer time and slimmed right down to a reported 245 kilos, in line with Professional Soccer Focus’ Doug Kyed.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles was happy with Fournette’s conditioning when the group took the sphere for the primary coaching camp observe on Wednesday.

“Leonard regarded good,” Bowles stated. “I don’t know too many gamers which can be going to remain in form year-round – so long as they’re in form in coaching camp. He ran nice within the testing yesterday. He was explosive, he’s fast and we’re pleased with him.”

The Bucs plan on operating the ball extra in 2022 and drafted Rachaad White to press Fournette for enjoying time. Fournette ran for 812 yards, a 4.5-yard common and eight touchdowns in 2021. Even when they don’t emphasize the run recreation, Fournette proved to be a three-down again final yr. He caught 69 passes for 454 yards and a pair of scores.

“I really feel like he’s in nice form proper now,” Bowles stated. “You don’t need to come into camp in tip-top form. You need to get into even higher form – taking part in form – as you get into camp. So, naturally, he’s going to drop 4 or 5 kilos. Not simply him, however we have now a number of guys like that. So far as operating the ball and taking part in in video games, he can play proper now.”