No. 3 question Jaguars fans are asking heading into Week 3: Tank Bigsby usage
After all the hype in the preseason, why isn't Tank Bigsby being featured more in the offense? And do you see his role increasing against the Texans and the rest of the season? Via Christian Case
The Jaguars raised eyebrows when they drafted Tank Bigsby earlier this year. After all, they had just re-signed JaMycal Hasty and inked D'Ernest Johnson. Bigsby proceeded to have a productive training camp and the decision looked much better. By the end of the preseason, he had solidified his spot as RB2 behind Travis Etienne. But then, the opener came and things didn't go the way the rookie or the team probably expected.
Bigsby made two mistakes that led to turnovers. First, he failed to secure a throw that ended in the hands of cornerback Tony Brown and later dropped a live ball that was promptly scooped by defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who wasted no time taking it to the end zone for a touchdown.
But in spite of Bigsby's rookie mistakes, the coaching staff plugged him back in the game and had him carry the ball in back-to-back plays. He scored in the second one. Following the game, head coach Doug Pederson defended the running back, noting that sometimes learning happens through failure.
However, Bigsby didn't touch the ball a single time against the Kansas City Chiefs. That said, he got 19 offensive snaps, so clearly, he wasn't benched. Instead, his lack of carries was the result of the team's inability to get the running game going.
Travis Etienne should be the Jaguars' leading rusher in Week 3 but expect Bigsby to also get a few carries if they can establish the run early on.