Leonard Fournette does not play for the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Fournette is among the inactive in Tampa Bay at week 14, excluded as a healthy scratch from action against the Minnesota Vikings. Ian Rapoport, NFL Network Insider reported that excluding Fournette from the game was a coach’s decision.
Fournette’s 2020 season was largely unsuccessful: the rebound averaged 3.9 yards from behind after 69 attempts in 10 games as part of a background field that includes Ronald Jones. Fournette hasn’t broken a 50-yard rush in a game against the Giants since Nov. 2, and his workload has dropped significantly from that point on, 9-12.
Meanwhile, Jones ran 192 yards against Carolina in Week 10 and scored 90 yards on 19 runs between Weeks 19 and 12 – both the Rams and the Chiefs suffered a three-point loss.
Between the two of them, Jones is the better solution in the pass game, and this season he is ahead of Fournette on the ground, breaking 100 yards four times in 12 weeks. With veteran LeSean McCoy and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn also available, it’s not too hard to see the logic of Bruce Arians ’decision.