JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Count Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette among the players who are not thrilled about the prospect of a cold-weather game in Cleveland Sunday.
First Coast News meteorologists project the weather to be around 36 degrees when the Jaguars face the Browns this weekend.
That's not really appealing to Jacksonville's first-round rookie running back.
"I'm not for playing in the snow, playing in the cold, that's the only thing," Fournette said.
While it won't snow under the projected forecast, cold-weather games - with heavy wind - typically lead to ground-and-pound approaches for both offenses. Even though he will receive a heavy workload, Fournette isn't excited about the weather's impact on the physicality of the game.
"It's the little things, you take a little hit and it hurts," Fournette said. "You're falling, so I hate the cold, period. I sleep in the heat, that's just how I grew up and [I'm] just mentally trying to get my mind ready."
Fournette said the coldest game he played in during his LSU college career was at Arkansas in 2014 as a freshman. The temperature was 33 degrees, according to LSU's website. Fournette produced just nine yards on five carries in that game.
The rookie is hoping for better success against the Browns.
Fournette will not wear any extra clothing to deal with the cold on Sunday. He has been using the recent cold front in Jacksonville to prepare for the cooler weather in Cleveland.
He said his lingering ankle injury was tweaked last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. However, he said his ankle feels much better as he prepares for the Browns.
The Jaguars running backs - mainly Fournette - should receive a heavy workload due to injuries along the offensive line and at the wide receiver position. If he can overcome his distaste for the weather and break some big runs, the Jaguars should be able to find some success on offense.
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