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Those people are wrong.
The reality is, while Fournette was fine as a rookie, he was far from the game breaker people made him out to be. And the Jaguars were a good team last year because of their defense, not because of Fournette’s contributions.
How do we know Fournette isn’t the reason the Jaguars were a good team? It starts with the way they played in the three games Fournette missed. Those three games Fournette missed were three of the Jaguars’ best performances of the season: Jacksonville went 3-0 without Fournette, outscoring their opponents 95-14. In the 13 games Fournette played, the Jaguars went 7-6 and outscored their opponents 322-254.
The Jaguars also rushed for an average of 158 yards a game in the three games Fournette missed, compared to 137 yards a game in the 13 games Fournette played. When Fournette was out [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/junior-seau-jersey-cheap]Junior Seau Jersey[/url] , the Jaguars were just fine with T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory and Corey Grant running the ball.
So where does the perception that Fournette had a great rookie year come from? Part of it is that Fournette had a 90-yard run and a 75-yard run, people saw those highlights and that’s what shaped their opinions of him. But if you take out those two runs, his average drops all the way from 3.9 yards per carry to 3.3 yards per carry. (By way of comparison, if you take out Le'Veon Bell‘s top two runs last year, his average drops only from 4.0 to 3.9 yards.)
Fournette’s average of 3.88 yards per carry was two-tenths of a yard below the overall league-wide average of 4.08 yards per carry. Is that because the Jaguars called on him to pick up first downs in a lot of short-yardage situations? Nope. He gained first downs on just 17 percent of his carries. That was the lowest first down percentage of any of the 19 running backs who gained at least 800 yards last year; the NFL average was 21 percent of all rushing attempts producing first downs.
The point of this isn’t to rip Fournette. It’s not that he’s a bad player, just that his value to the Jaguars was overstated. He’s certainly not evidence that spending a high draft pick on a running back is the way to turn around a franchise.
Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite on Saturday.
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It was the third win of the season for Feuz, his 15th overall, and it ensured the Swiss took the lead in the downhill standings from Aksel Lund Svindal. Feuz, who was 10 points behind the Norwegian, now leads him by 40.
”I go as the downhill World Cup leader to the Olympic Games. It couldn’t be nicer,” Feuz said two weeks before the Pyeongchang Games commence.
”The World Cup will be decided in Are (Sweden) and not in Garmisch. But it’s nice to be able to discuss such performances and finishes at the moment,” the 30-year-old Feuz said [url=http://www.chiefscheapstore.com/kareem-hunt-jersey-cheap]Kareem Hunt Jersey[/url] , looking ahead to the last competition of the season in March.
Svindal’s wait for a podium finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen continues after placing fourth in his eighth race on the Kandahar course, 0.28 behind Feuz.
Svindal was the first to go and seemed to be safe as Feuz was slower at the intervals, but the Swiss made up a lot of time after the final jump.
”It wasn’t bad but I’m not in the top three,” Svindal said. ”I wasn’t fully balanced after the landing from the free fall (jump). There were little things at play. It wasn’t a bad run, but not good enough for the win.”
Home favorite Thomas Dressen, who ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win in Kitzbuehel, finished 0.53 behind in seventh, while another German, Andreas Sander [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/cassius-marsh-jersey-cheap]Cassius Marsh Jersey[/url] , was on course to beat Feuz but lost time after the final jump and finished 11th.
The 24-year-old Dressen was happy with his performance.
”The most important thing is the consistency and I can be satisfied with seventh place. The ones that are before me are no losers.”
A mistake after starting cost Christof Innerhofer any chance of winning. The Italian, who was quickest in both training sessions, finished 1.15 off the pace.
”I really feel sorry for him,” teammate Paris said. ”After the wins in both training runs he definitely could have won.”
Americans Steven Nyman, Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple skipped the race to rest ahead of the Olympics.
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