3 under-the-radar players to keep an eye on in Jaguars training camp

• Is Gerrit Prince ready to make the Jaguars 53-man roster?

• Can Chad Muma make the leap in Year 2?

• D'Ernest Johnson can give the running game a spark

Jun 13, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Brendon Strange (85).
Jun 13, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Brendon Strange (85). / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1 Jaguars player to keep an eye on in training camp: D'Ernest Johnson

Travis Etienne became an integral part of the Jaguars' offense last year and he's poised to be even better in his third NFL season. Even if he splits some of his carries with rookie Tank Bigsby, he should get the majority of the workload on the ground. Also, veteran JaMycal Hasty is back on a two-year deal and will likely play a few snaps on offense every game. But how about D'Ernest Johson?

An undrafted free agent in 2017, Johnson had to play in the Alliance of American Football before signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2019. He made the most of his chances though and even though he got a limited workload, he ended up toting the rock 141 times for 738 yards with three touchdowns in the span of four years.

On top of that, Johnson averaged 5.2 yards per carry and got significant playing time on special teams. The Jags could use a talent like that, right? Which is precisely why the Jags brought him in on a one-year deal.

Despite the fact that the Jaguars have a crowded backfield and Johnson will need to have to truly stand out to get a roster spot, he should feel good about his chances. After all, his ability to play special teams should give him a slight edge. But also, he's a more explosive runner than Hasty.

At this point, Johnson is a good bet to make the team. However, there's also a chance he'll move ahead of Hasty and maybe even Bigsby on the depth chart by the end of the preseason.

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