4 Jaguars players who will benefit the most from Doug Pederson’s arrival
No. 2 Jaguars player who benefits from Doug Pederson – Travis Etienne.
Drafted 25th overall in 2021, running back Travis Etienne didn’t get a chance to make an impact on the football after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the preseason. Out for the year, the former Clemson Tiger will have to wait until the 2022 season to make his NFL debut.
Etienne should return for training camp, so he will have more than time to get acclimated to wearing pads once again. With fellow running back James Robinson recovering from a torn Achilles, E-T-N might have to carry a heavy workload early in the season. Even though he’s coming off a serious injury, he should have no trouble helping the Jaguars move the ball and score more points than they did last year.
As of this writing, it’s uncertain who will be in Doug Pederson’s coaching staff but he could certainly use Etienne the way he deployed Eagles running back Miles Sanders in 2019. That year, ‘Boobie’ totaled 1,327 yards from scrimmage and logged six total touchdowns. There’s no doubt Etienne can have that kind of production if he remains healthy in 2022.
Pederson will likely have Etienne split the workload with Robinson once the latter is healthy but the duo will still be able to remain productive. Urban Meyer wasn’t known for his coaching acumen on offense in the later years of his collegiate career and it’s unknown how he wanted to use Etienne. In that regard, Pederson will have a clear vision and should be able to turn him and Robinson into one of the best running back duos in the NFL.