What each Jacksonville Jaguars rookie will struggle with during 2021

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Travis Etienne – Jacksonville Jaguars running back

Biggest obstacle: Playing time

The Jaguars took an unorthodox approach and selected running back Travis Etienne with the 25th overall pick. What made this decision even more curious was the fact that they already had rookie sensation James Robinson, who ran for over 1,000 yards in 2020.

Nevertheless, the Jags needed to ease Robinson’s workload. Last season, he had 86 percent of the team’s totals carries. Also, the running game saw a dip in production when he missed two games with an ankle injury, so it made sense to add another back in the draft.

Precisely because of Robinson’s presence on the backfield, it’s uncertain how much playing time Etienne will get in his rookie campaign.

Trevor Lawrence – Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback

Biggest obstacles: Health, expectations

If Trevor Lawrence turns out to be as good as projected, the Jaguars won’t have to use another first-round pick on a quarterback in a while. However, the former Tiger has yet to play a snap in the NFL. Now, he’s more talented than any quarterback the team has drafted in the last ten years but he will have to face the expectations of being the top pick in this year’s selection meeting.

It may not end up becoming a big deal but a hamstring injury slowed down Lawrence this offseason. The coaching staff held him back as a cautionary measure but his progress will be worth monitoring. So far, everything is going according to the plan and Lawrence should be the Jaguars starting quarterback in Week 1.

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