This past Sunday, CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson reported that Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette was frustrated about his usage on the sideline. So frustrated that rookie running back Rashaad White (who had replaced Fournette in the lineup) came over to the vet and calmed him down with a compassionate "we need you."

Lenny was a playoff hero two seasons ago and shouldered a heavy load in 2021 as well for a team that was a few snaps away from a return to the NFC championship. On Sunday, he had 19 rushing yards on 9 carries.

A troubling trend in 2022.

On the season Fournette has...

  • A career-low 3.3 yards per rushing attempt

  • A career low in rush attempts per broken tackle (30.3)

  • One game with over 100 yards rushing

  • Three straight games under 10 carries

Now Tampa has lost their interior offensive lineman throughout that season which has contributed not only to Fournette's struggles but the passing game's ineptitude as well. Yet if the young Rashaad White is outproducing the highly paid veteran Fournette with fewer overall touches then it begs the question.

Is the Leonard Fournette era over?

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