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Tampa Bay Buccaneers working wait on Leonard Fournette reportedly won some weight this offseason, which created quite the buzz on social media.
On the opposite hand, the extinct working wait on is no longer letting concerns over his weight impact his mindset coming into coaching camp Monday, making gentle of those concerns in a tweet Saturday.
7⃣ Leonard Fournette @_fournette
Camp in 2 days fancy y’all I’m off pic.twitter.com/lTEZgv4ql5
Fournette did now not attend OTAs this summer, and when he reported to principal minicamp, Buccaneers coaches were no longer elated alongside with his weight, the Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud acknowledged on the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast:
“Coaches were no longer elated, and that is the reason an understatement, when (Fournette) did now not take part in the OTAs, nonetheless then he reveals up on the principal minicamp weighing damn in the case of 260 [pounds],” Stroud acknowledged (h/t Luke Easterling of Bucs Wire). “And that is the reason no longer a true signal for a man that you bear got perfect spent a 3-yr contract on.”
Since then, Fournette has perceived to be putting in the work to compile ready for the 2022 advertising and marketing and marketing campaign:
Fournette’s trainer, Jordan Bush, confirmed that the extinct working wait on won weight over the offseason nonetheless notorious that the worry changed into as soon as “blown out of share.” He added that Fournette changed into as soon as doing all the pieces that you might maybe likely take into accout to slim down, including sitting in a sauna to sweat off some kilos.
“If truth be told, he did return to us a bit bit bigger than we wanted,” Bush told The Athletic’s Greg Auman. “He changed into as soon as moreover in the sauna on on daily basis basis, getting extra cardio daily. We called it ‘fleshy camp,’ perfect to mess spherical with him, nonetheless he changed into as soon as doing that vogue of stuff daily. Shall we heed the weight coming off.”
Fournette has been a key participant for the Buccaneers over the closing two seasons and changed into as soon as rewarded with a 3-yr, $21 million extension with the franchise in March.
In his first season with the group in 2020, the 27-yr-worn rushed for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns in 13 video games and moreover caught 36 passes for 233 yards. He changed into as soon as a fundamental ingredient in the playoffs, rushing for 300 yards and three scores en path to a Clear Bowl title.
Fournette took on a just correct bigger feature for the Bucs in 2021, rushing for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 video games. He moreover caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns.
The LSU product is anticipated to be Tampa Bay’s top working wait on but again in 2022 following the departure of Ronald Jones II to the Kansas City Chiefs. He highlights a neighborhood that comprises 2022 draft protect Rachaad White, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Giovani Bernard and Kenjon Barner.
Tampa Bay opens the season Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys, so Fournette still has some time to compile into greater form, and it completely appears fancy he’s neatly on his near there.