3 reasonable expectations for Jaguars RB Travis Etienne in Year 2

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne (1) at TIAA Bank Field. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne (1) at TIAA Bank Field. (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Tunning back Travis Etienne #1 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union) /

When it comes to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne, can you really say he’s entering his second season in the NFL? Technically, yes. The former Clemson Tiger was selected 25th overall in last year’s draft but he didn’t play a single down in his rookie year after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the preseason.

The Jags could sure Etienne’s big-play skills last year but then again, it’s unlikely that he would have made much of a difference in the 32nd ranked offseason. In fact, he jokingly told the media that if he needed to miss a year it was last one due to the presence Urban Meyer, who is nowadays a persona non grata in Jacksonville. There might have been some truth to the running back’s word but he must now focus on this upcoming football season.

Etienne’s recovery is coming along nicely and should have no restrictions in camp. He will likely get a heavy workload with fellow running back James Robinson coming off a torn Achilles he suffered late in the 2021 season.

With Robinson out for an unknown amount of time, Etienne will most likely enter training camp (and the regular season) as the starting running back with either Ryquell Armstead or Snoop Conner handling backup duties. If E-T-N fully recovers, he will give the Jags’ running game a boost but fans should temper expectations. On the other hand, he’s an intriguing player ahead of the regular season. With that in mind, here are three realistic expectations for Travis Etienne in 2022.