When Leonard Fournette signed with the Bucs, he wasn’t coming into a team with names unfamiliar to him. Of course he’s known and played against the likes of Tom Brady and Mike Evans. But there is one guy on the Buccaneers roster he has already known for a while.
Linebacker Devin White was an LSU standout, like Fournette, respectively. Both have known each other since their time in college and talking to the media on Tuesday, the former 2017 fourth overall pick talked about his relationship with White and their conversation leading up to his signing with Tampa Bay.
“Devin FaceTimed me, actually. He was like, ‘What are you going to do?’ and I was like, ‘Man, there’s a lot of teams right now. It’s tough right now,’” Fournette said. “I felt my heart was needed in Tampa to be around a lot of guys like that and also be around Devin. When Devin was coming up at LSU, he was the only freshman working out with us. I made him workout with us at 6:30 in the morning because I always knew he was going to be special. For a guy like that to be a captain [in his second year in the league], that shows a lot. It shows what I [saw] in him and it’s coming full circle now. He’s a hell of a player.”
Head coach Bruce Arians also talked Tuesday. He said that Fournette will play a “solid” role in the offense come Week 1. Those are surely encouraging words for a guy added to a roster just practically days before the start of the season.
But just as he will have a role in the offense, he will surely have a role on the team. And being around a guy like a former college teammate and now current NFL teammate in White, Fournette can quickly grow comfortably into an overall bigger role for the team.