Despite finishing as the second-leading rusher among rookies, Leonard Fournette was snubbed on two All-Rookie teams.
Fournette, who rushed for 1,040 yards and scored nine touchdowns during the regular season, did not make the Pro Football Writers of America 2017 All-Rookie team or the NFL.com All-Rookie team selected by Gil Brandt and released earlier this week.
On both teams, Fournette was beaten out by Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt and New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara.
Hunt, a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Toledo, led the NFL in rushing this season with 1,327 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
Kamara, a third-round pick out of Tennessee, ended the regular season ranked 25th in rushing in the NFL with 788 yards but was third among rookies. Kamara led all rookies with 81 receptions and his 826 receiving yards led all running backs this season.
The Jaguars didn’t have a player to make the PFWA All-Rookie Team, but offensive lineman Cam Robinson made the NFL.com’s All-Rookie team. He allowed only two sacks in 15 starts at left tackle.
Brandt, the former longtime Dallas Cowboys player personnel executive, mentioned that Fournette and wide receiver Keelan Cole just missed the cut from making the team. Cole, who made the Jaguars roster as a rookie free agent, caught 42 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games.
Behind Fournette, the Jaguars led the NFL in rushing (140.0). Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, joined Fred Taylor (1,644), Maurice-Jones Drew (1,377) and T. J. Yeldon (1,019) as the only rookie running backs in franchise history to surpass 1,000 scrimmage yards.
Fournette’s rushing yardage also was the second-most in franchise history by a rookie and his 268 rushing attempts were the most in franchise history. The Jaguars (12-7) advanced to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1999 but lost 24-20 to the New England Patriots. Fournette rushed for 76 yards and scored a 4-yard run in the second quarter.