Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 bold predictions for preseason game vs Saints

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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense will score more points in Week 2.

2. Travis Etienne will have a bigger workload and will score his first preseason touchdown.

Even though the Jaguars already had running back James Robinson, they felt Travis Etienne could give their offense a boost and end up drafting him 25th overall this year. Against the Brown, he toted the rock one time for two yards and was targeted just once.

On one hand, it doesn’t make much sense to overwork E-T-N before the regular season. However, he could benefit from getting more preseason snaps in order to get ready, and he will likely get a bigger workload in Week 2. Etienne will make the most of whatever touches he gets against the Saints. He will score his first preseason touchdown and display the athleticism that made him a top draft prospect.

3. Tavon Austin will score in back-to-back preseason games.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin wasted no time after signing with the Jags early this month and is currently competing for a roster spot. He’s facing a steep climb to make the team but catching four receptions for 52 yards in Week 1 of the preseason helped him solidify his case. If he has another good game against the Saints, it will be very difficult for the Jags to justify releasing him.

Even before Jacksonville’s first preseason game, Austin was having a productive training camp. His performance against the Browns wasn’t a fluke and could have an even bigger workload on Monday Night Football. This will in turn lead to his second touchdown in back-to-back weeks.