Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 realistic expectations for RB Travis Etienne in 2021

Running back Travis Etienne of the Jacksonvile Jaguars (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union)
Running back Travis Etienne of the Jacksonvile Jaguars (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union) /
3 of 4
Jacksonville Jaguars
Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne #9 (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports) /

How many yards will Travis Etienne have for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

While it will be unrealistic to expect Travis Etienne to average more than seven yards per carry as he did back at Clemson, he should be able to get close to five yards per rush. If he carries the ball around 150 times and averages 4.8 per carry, he would finish the year with 720 rushing yards, which wouldn’t be bad for his rookie debut.

On the other hand, Etienne could see a higher number of carries if Robinson goes down with injuries but that’s not something the Jaguars can’t control nor expect. Also, the former Tigers running back will have a big role in the passing game. If he hauls in 40 receptions and averages nine yards per catch, he could finish the year with 340 receiving yards, so he would finish the year with 1,060 scrimmage yards.

Putting aside scrimmage yards, Etienne should help the Jaguars score too. Last season, the Jaguars had just nine rushing touchdowns and Robinson scored seven of them. If the sophomore running back finishes the 2021 season with one more trip to the end zone and the rookie gets five, this Jacksonville team will finish the year with 13 rushing touchdowns.

Also, Etienne should also score four receiving touchdowns, which would bring his total number of touchdowns to nine. That would make him a pretty valuable weapon on offense.