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Arians on Fournette: ‘He’s a very bright player’

Tampa Bay’s head coach is excited to add another offensive weapon.

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The Buccaneers keep adding to their offense with the latest addition of former Jacksonville Jaguars captain and running back Leonard Fournette. A player who many consider to be carrying baggage, the talent is most certainly there.

That talent was obvious coming out of LSU and entering the 2017 NFL Draft as one of the highest overall rated players and being drafted fourth overall by Jacksonville. And his talent is what is making Bucs head coach Bruce Arians anxious to get him going in his offense.

“He’s a very bright player and everything I’ve heard from the guys coaching him – he’ll pick it up [the playbook] really quick,” Arians said. “We’re not going to force him – we don’t have to force him. We’ll just let him get in his pace and if I know him, he’ll be pretty fast-paced. We’ll try to get him up to speed as fast as we can and see if he can have a role for next week.”

Questions about Tampa Bay’s running back position immediately surfaced after news broke that Fournette will be signing with the Buccaneers. After already having signed veteran LeSean McCoy, the offensive backfield is crowded.

Regardless, Arians and his offensive coaches will make it all work as he says Fournette will fit right in.

“[Fournette’s] skillset is very rounded. He’s a three-down player, so he fits right into the rest of the group. [He] added some outstanding depth at a position that’s OK.”