Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 waiver wire targets after roster cutdown day

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Jacksonville Jaguars waiver wire target No. 4 – Javian Hawkins

An old adage says that you don’t know what you have until you lose it. This could apply to rookie running back Travis Etienne, who suffered a Lisfranc injury in the preseason and is now out for the year. Throughout training camp, he put on display the explosiveness that made a playmaker at Clemson. Had he stay healthy, he would have given the offense a significant boost.

The Jags won’t be able to make up for Etienne’s absence but at least they have James Robinson. The Illinois State product showed in his rookie campaign he can take on a heavy workload, getting 86 percent of the team’s carries, the highest figure in the league. Veteran Carlos Hyde is a solid backup and Dare Ogunbowale will get some carries from time to time.

The team’s brass could sign Devine Ozigbo to the practice squad but if they are looking for outside help, Javian Hawkins could be an option. The Louisville product signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent this year and later joined the division rival Tennessee Titans. In three preseason games, he toted the rock 20 times for 97 yards.

The running back known as “Playstation” back in college may have a higher ceiling than Ozigbo and Nathan Cotrell and hence he might be a better candidate for the Jaguars’ practice squad. The last time the Jaguars added an undrafted free agent, things worked out pretty well. Should they get another one in Hawkins?