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Fournette's praise of Brady was also a roast of Jags

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Leonard Fournette isn't pulling any punches now that he's teammates with the GOAT.

The 25-year-old running back signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last week after being waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his subsequent tweet suggested he was fired up about playing for quarterback Tom Brady.

Fast forward to Tuesday, when Fournette expressed his happiness in more blunt terms.

"I mean, for the first time in my life, I really have a quarterback," Fournette told reporters, via NFL.com. "So that's eye-opening for me."

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Poor Blake Bortles, Gardner Minshew, Nick Foles, Cody Kessler and Chad Henne.

Those are the quarterbacks Fournette played for in Jacksonville, and if you read that list again, it's hard not to empathize with the LSU product -- or understand why he's so thrilled to be playing with a six-time Super Bowl champion in Brady.

"As far as game-planning and changing things, it's great for me," Fournette added. "I'm happy to be back there with one of the greatest, well, the greatest that's played this game, and I get to learn from him too."

Fournette is sharing Tampa Bay's backfield with Ronald Jones II, LeSean McCoy and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn, so he probably won't see the 265 carries he amassed last season as the Jaguars' feature back.

But it sounds like the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is just grateful to be on a team with higher expectations and face defenses that won't load up the box to stop him.