BBC NFL analyst Jason Bell believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette could be the “unsung hero” of Super Bowl 55.
Fournette joined the Bucs after being cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars on the eve of the season and scored six touchdowns in the regular season before another two in the playoffs.
The 26-year-old will hope to add to that tally against the Kansas City Chiefs with plenty of focus around quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
Fournette was the fourth overall pick at the 2017 NFL Draft having finished his LSU college career having rushed for a huge 3,830 yards.
And former NFL cornerback and safety Bell believes Fournette could be a key factor in Sunday’s game, if he finds success early on.
“Whoever the hot hand is, they'll roll with,” Bell said. “That seems to be Bruce Arians way of running offense.
“Leonard Fournette is going to get the first crack at it. Trust me that there's a reason he was the fourth overall pick.
“I think the guy is explosive. He's a battering ram. He's exactly what they need. He could be the unsung hero if he gets rolling early.
“Tom Brady, they're going to run the ball on first and second down. They have to establish the run, if they want to get the play action pass going, they are going to do that.
“It's going to be whoever gets hot quick enough out of Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones.
“As far as Kansas City's concerned, their running game comes in. When you just respect their deep pass so much, they run right up the middle.
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“So the running game is not the foundation of what Kansas City does, but they will use it when you become soft in the middle because you're defending the pass.
“Like I said, Tampa Bay, if they don't get a successful running yard, a first and second down, it's going to be a long day for Tom Brady.”
Super Bowl LV is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday, February 7, kick-off 11.30pm
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