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Tuesday open thread: Should the Lions claim Leonard Fournette?

There’s a big name playmaker available, so should Detroit make a play for Leonard Fournette’s services?

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Running backs and the Detroit Lions have been a mixture of oil and water ever since Barry Sanders decided to retire before the 1999 season.

Most recently, the Lions have spent valuable draft capital on the running back position. In 2018, the team traded up in the second round to select Kerryon Johnson. A variety of injuries have sidelined Johnson over the course of his two seasons with the Lions, leading Detroit to take D’Andre Swift with the 35th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to help add some speed and another set of legs to the backfield.

The aforementioned injuries that have plagued the Lions backfield brings us to today’s Question of the Day...

Should the Lions claim Leonard Fournette?

The former fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars early Monday morning after the team failed to find a trade partner over the course of the summer.

Even though it doesn’t seem to be a significant injury, Swift is working to get back on the field after missing over a week of practices. Additionally, Bo Scarbrough is sidelined with an injury and hasn’t participated much during training camp. Add to that Johnson’s injury history and there’s a good cause for concern with this group moving forward from a durability standpoint.

Fournette isn’t exactly a shining example of durability, missing half of his 2018 season due to a nagging hamstring injury, but he bounced back with a 15-game season in 2019, rushing for 4.3 YPA and three touchdowns.

And while Fournette is just another case in which an NFL team overvalued the running back position, he is more than serviceable as a runner, and should the Lions put in a claim for him, he would only cost $4.1 million—his base salary for the 2020 season.

Your turn.


Should the Lions claim Leonard Fournette?

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