FRANK FRANGIE: Jaguars looking to trade Leonard Fournette?

FRANK FRANGIE: Jaguars looking to trade Leonard Fournette?

By: Frank Frangie

Lots of chatter about the national media report yesterday that suggested the Jags are trying to trade Leonard Fournette. When I first read it, I was surprised. But then we all obviously began to wonder if there is a connection between that decision — if indeed the report is true — and coach Doug Marrone’s comments last week that they are hoping to bring in players “with no drama.”

Mark Long of the AP tweeted that coaches would be glad to see Fournette go. I hadn’t heard that. But it would be naive to suggest Fournette hasn’t been the subject of at least some drama during his time here. He was suspended for games either for violation of team rules or coming off the bench to get into a fight during a game. He was called out for his behavior on the sidelines during a game. Some believe he didn’t report in the best shape for his second season, 2018.

For the record, I think he is a good player. I probably think he is a better player than some do. He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in two of his three seasons and last year had 522 receiving yards to go with his 1,152 rushing yards. That’s just under 1,700 yards from scrimmage on a team that only won six games. That’s a very good year.

But if it’s time to move on, I get that, too. You can find running backs and, frankly, you get the sense the game is moving toward quicker, shiftier backs like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara instead of 230-pound downhill runners. And I totally get the desire to rebuild the locker room chemistry. If Long’s tweet is correct, then the move makes sense.

I’m not sure a running back will fetch much in draft capital these days. But you never know. And if — and it’s a big if — but if the team believes it’s better to move on regardless, then you take what you can get. …

After talking about the draft for what seems like eons, and reading approximately 7 trillion mock drafts, here is what I think — I would love to see the Jags land Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw or Mekhi Becton. All three are massive, physical, athletic. You know what I think the Jags need more of? Massive, physical, athletic players.

For the record, I think Brown will be gone by the time the Jags pick. And I know there are mutterings about Becton having a drug test flagged at the combine, but by all accounts, he has been a very solid citizen his entire time at Louisville. So that doesn’t concern me. I do believe Becton and Kinlaw will be there.

Yes, I could live with receiver Jerry Jeudy or corner C. J. Henderson. The Jags are going to get a very good player at nine overall, regardless. And hopefully at 20 overall, too. But for me, I hope it’s a big, physical guy. Just my preference. …

I can’t wait for the draft on Thursday. I know it will be different, but with the all the sports we don’t have, man, I am chomping at the bit. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx are great, heck, I feel like I know them. But I’m craving Trey Wingo or whoever on set and Roger Goodell from his basement. …

Just a reminder, our Jaguars radio draft night special on will begin at 6 p.m. on 1010XL AM and 92.5 FM and will last at least until both Jags picks have been made in the first round. So I’m guessing you’re stuck with Jeff Lageman, Tony Boselli and me til at least 11 p.m. of so. …

Kirk Herbstreit took a beating for saying he would be shocked if there is football in the fall. But as for college football, it sure seems like more and more people in the know are suggesting the same thing. In a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence, the college ADs made it clear there would be no football until all students are back on campus. It’s naive to believe that is a given to happen by August. It could happen, but it’s hardly an automatic.

So my question is this — is it possible that students could begin the fall term taking classes online, then return to campus by late September or October? Or once classes begin online, does it have to remain that way for the entire semester? That answer could be critical to whether we have college football before January. Stay tuned. …

If college football really does start in January, what does that do to college hoops? I love college basketball, most people I know do. But it doesn’t compare with college football. Is ESPN ever going to carry a college basketball game on a Saturday night if it can carry Ohio State-Penn State football? Is CBS going to air a college basketball game on a Saturday afternoon rather than LSU-Alabama? I think you know that answer.

I could see some major networks airing college basketball early in the day on Saturday. But even that is a stretch. And from 3:30 on — no chance. …

I think Major League Baseball in Arizona is going to happen, at least to start the season. I also think there will be provisions for players to bring their families if they choose to. And I think MLB will have relaxed, leave of absence rules for players like Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Trout whose wives are expecting. But I do think they are going to start the season that way. That’s my gut.

If they do, I wouldn’t be surprised to see: robotic umps, an enforced time clock, no mound visits, even the DH in the National League. These are all things baseball has considered experimenting with. What better time than now to try it out. …

All the concerts from home we’ve been watching, although well-intended, have left much to be desired. But the Global Citizen Together at Home Saturday night was by far the best so far. I hope you watched it. Just for the names alone — McCartney, Jagger, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Vedder, Billy Joe Armstrong, J-Lo, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, John Legend, Celine Dion. And tons of others.

My two favorites: the Stones, from four difference locales, singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” It was unbelievably good. And Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day singing “Wake Me Up When September Comes.” Green Day is my daughter’s favorite band and the song is about Armstrong’s dad. So maybe that is why. But both of those performances were tremendous.

Like everything these days, some pointed to its political overtones. The right believed it was geared to the left because of its association with the World Health Organization. Well, I’m not very political I’m afraid. I just thought the music was tremendous. And I love good music. …

The coolest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time was a parade of cars in my neighborhood in Jacksonville Golf and Country Club driving in front of the home of Duncan Yehl, a young man headed off to defend our country. There were tons of cars, golf carts, bicycles even, carrying flags, banners, signs, wishing Duncan the very best.

I misidentified the branch of armed forces in a tweet — I said Duncan was headed off to the Navy, it’s actually the Air Force. But the bottom line is Americans said goodbye and thank you in the coolest way possible. It was awesome. …

I hate that high school seniors didn’t get to walk for graduation. Or get proms. Or get those last few days, weeks, months as a high school senior. I get it, I don’t disagree with the decision. I just hate it for all of them. …

Because students will not head back to the classroom this year, we will have no more WalkOff Charities free clinics for area third graders until next school year. But we still want to get the message out, so with the help of our tremendous coaches, we’ve put together a series of short videos for all very young students who might want to give baseball a try.

We will begin releasing the videos this week on social media platforms and are making them available to all elementary schools, all grade school teachers, etc., who may want to add that to their PE curriculum. Or just show it online to students.

And afterward, any students, who after seeing the videos, want to try to play baseball, we’ll make it happen for them whenever youth league baseball resumes. At our cost. Even in these difficult times, we are trying to give students, some in underserved areas, a chance to play that beautiful game. …

If Fournette is not going to be here, I would love to see the Jags land FSU’s Cam Akers in the second or third round. He is going to be SUCH a good pro. …

And if I’m locking in on local guys, if the Jags have a chance to snare Gator wide receiver Van Jefferson, I’m good with that, too. …

I’m counting down the hours til the first episode of “The Last Dance” tonight. Can’t wait. …

This morning MLB Network showed game seven of the 1992 NLCS between the Braves and the Pirates. Yes, the game Sid slid. Because, of course, THAT game hasn’t been shown enough. (I can hear you Braves’ fans chuckling right now). Maybe that’s why I’m counting down the hours til “The Last Dance.” …

My wife ordered a large carrot cake for Easter. Since it was only us this year, and she isn’t much of a sweets eater, I told her we’d wind up throwing much of it out. I lied. Ate the whole thing. Took a week. I’m a pig. …

Mayor Lenny Curry opening the beaches with stipulations drew lots of attention, good and bad, as you might expect. But I’m glad we’re at least trying it. When safe — and only when safe — we have to try to inch back to a semblance of normalcy. The open hours (6 — 11 a.m., 5 — 8 p.m.) discourage sunbathing or parties/picnics, but encourage exercise.

I think the real proof of how it goes was not going to be last Friday, when it opened at 5, and you knew lots of folks would be there. But rather this week, when the newness of it was over. My guess is people will keep their distance. I trust people. We’ll see. …

Every time my wife hiccups, right afterward, she says, “Hiccup!” I want to tell her, “I know.” But I don’t. …

Cheers.