Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 key observations from Day 6 of training camp

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars could a formidable running back room.

The Jaguars threw a curveball at everyone when they took Travis Etienne with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. At the time, it felt like a reach, especially because running back wasn’t a pressing need and if they really wanted one, they could have waited until the later rounds to grab one. In retrospect, it was a good call, as E-T-N has had series of outstanding practices.

Etienne has broken off several runs throughout training camp, and has been unstoppable on one-on-one routes when covered by linebackers, per John Shipley of Jaguar Report. However, he isn’t the only Jaguars’ running back having a productive summer. Robinson has also looked faster, consistently wins individual reps, and has broken off several long runs, per Jamal St. Cyr of News4Jax. Shipley echoes that assessment and adds that he’s been solid as a receiver and in pass-blocking situations.

Even though the Jaguars are building the offense around quarterback Trevor Lawrence, they’re also going to run the ball a lot. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has always put an emphasis on the ground game, and he has two talented running backs to work with in Jacksonville.

It’s unclear how’s going to be the Jaguars’ lead back but it might not matter. Regardless of who is on the field, the Jaguars shouldn’t have trouble running the ball. Both Robinson and Etienne are capable backs and the coaching staff will try to get both the ball as much as possible.