Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette showed up to minicamp at nearly 260 pounds, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud. That reported weight means he is around 30 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight of 228 pounds.
Stroud reported the news on his podcast “Sports Day Tampa Bay.”
“Coaches were not happy, and that’s an understatement, when he didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing damn near 260 [pounds],” Stroud said on the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast. “And that’s not a good sign for a guy that you’ve just spent a three-year contract on.”
On Tuesday, Fournette took to Twitter and fired a strong message to his critics.
“They wouldn’t have the same energy in your face so why entertain them…… See y’all September 11,” Fournette tweeted.
Bucs training camp opens on July 27th as Fournette enters camp as the unquestioned leader atop the running back depth chart. The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $21 million deal in the offseason with $12 million guaranteed to stay in Tampa.
He tallied 1,266 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in 14 games as Tampa Bay’s primary running back in 2021.
If things go awry, the team drafted Arizona State running back Rachaad White in the third round of April’s draft. He is expected to be more of a third-down back.
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