Buccaneers coaches are reportedly not happy with Leonard Fournette, who weighs about 260 pounds;  Response to RB claims

Buccaneers coaches are reportedly not happy with Leonard Fournette, who weighs about 260 pounds; Response to RB claims

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The additions of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in early 2020 lost some of the coup that got Leonard Fournette back in Tampa. The former Jaguars signed a one-year deal to join the Buccaneers for that season and proved to be a key piece on the club’s path to a Super Bowl LV title. Fournette was then signed to another one-year deal that impacted the postseason and again in the 2021 campaign where he had over 1,200 yards from scrimmage with 10 touchdowns.

All of that led to the 27-year-old signing a three-year, $21 million deal with Tampa Bay this offseason. However, since that deal was signed, it doesn’t appear that the Bucs coaches are too thrilled with how Fournette has carried himself. He did not attend OTAs throughout the offseason, and when he did appear for mandatory minicamp, Rick Stroud Tampa Bay Times Reportedly the coach was not happy with his conditioning, and weighed about 260 pounds.

“The coaches weren’t happy, and that’s an understatement, when he didn’t participate in OTAs, but then he showed up to mandatory minicamp weighing around 260. [pounds]Stroud said about Fournette on the SportsDay Tampa Bay podcast “And that’s not a good sign for a guy you just spent three years on a contract.”

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Fournette is officially listed on the Buccaneers website at 228 pounds, which means he’s probably 30 pounds over his playing weight. The veteran has established himself as a three-down back in this Bucs offense over the past two seasons, but, if he stays at that weight, that could change, especially with pass-catching options like Ke’Sean Vaughn and Giovani Bernard on Arizona’s roster. Tampa Bay also drafted running back Rachad White in the third round out of State.

After that report came to light, Fournette He took it to social media and posted it: “They won’t have the same power in your face, so why entertain them… … See September 11.”

The veterans are set to officially report to the Buccaneers’ training camp on July 26, and Fournette’s conditioning will surely be one of the primary storylines to follow.

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