Player Outlook
CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones reported this offseason that not only had Etienne recouped his speed from before last August's injury, but also that he was heavily involved in the Jaguars' passing game. That's not a surprise: Etienne was one of college football's most slippery players with instant acceleration, and also one of Trevor Lawrence's most trusted targets when the two played together at Clemson (85 receptions from 2019-20). New Jaguars coach Doug Pederson doesn't have the track record of consistently featuring his running back in the passing game, but he did lead the NFL in plays per game (67.0) during his five-year run in Philly. That's good for everyone in Jacksonville's offense. Tack on question marks in the Jaguars' run game beyond Etienne, and there's incredible upside for the second-year speedster. Someone in every draft will take a chance on him in PPR formats before the end of Round 5 -- if not, then there's undeniable value there. It's a little different in non-PPR where his catches won't count, but he still is worth a selection as soon as Round 6.

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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Gets 10 touches in preseason game

    Etienne rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught one of three targets for 10 yards in Friday's 24-13 preseason loss to the Browns. Etienne suited up after sitting out Jacksonville's preseason opener, but he was held in check by Cleveland's defense. Fellow running back James Robinson (Achilles) didn't suit up for this one but has been splitting first-team reps with Etienne in practice, so the Jaguars seem likely to employ a backfield timeshare when the games start to count. Jacksonville's next preseason game will be Aug. 20 against the Steelers.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: On track to play Friday

    Head coach Doug Pederson said Etienne, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and other starters will play a couple drives in Friday's preseason game against Cleveland, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. Etienne will be taking the field for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc injury in the second week of the preseason his rookie year. The 2021 first-round pick may eventually face competition from James Robinson, who is coming back from an Achilles tear, but reports out of camp suggest Etienne has gobbled up first-team reps (and looked good in the process). Meanwhile, Robinson is steadily working his way up to speed.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Won't play Thursday

    Etienne (illness) won't play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Raiders on Thursday, Michael DiRocco of reports. Etienne and QB Trevor Lawrence are among the key players being held out. Reports on Etienne from Jacksonville beat writers have been almost universally positive this summer, but the 2021 first-round pick likely will have a limited impact this week, as he's absent Tuesday due to an illness and won't suit up in Thursday's game, per Eugene Frenette. It's unclear if the two are related, given that coach Doug Pederson also plans to rest QB Trevor Lawrence and other starters.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Impressing new coaching staff

    Etienne has made a strong impression with head coach Doug Pederson and the new coaching staff during OTAs, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. "[Etienne is] doing a great job handling a lot of information that we're throwing at the guys," Pederson said. "We're putting him in different spots and seeing what he can do right now." The 2021 first-round pick was unable to make his NFL debut last year after suffering a Lisfranc injury during the preseason, but the new coach has liked what he's seen during the offseason program. The 23-year-old lined up at both running back and wide receiver during rookie minicamp last year, and the new coaching staff also has a versatile role in mind for him in 2022. The availability of James Robinson (Achilles) remains up in the air for the start of the season, leaving Etienne likely to be Jacksonville's undisputed No. 1 tailback for Week 1.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Says he's 85-90 percent healthy

    Etienne (foot) told reporters Tuesday that he's 85-90 percent recovered from his Lisfranc injury, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports. Etienne also said he wouldn't notice the screw in his foot if he didn't already know it was there, per Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. Two weeks prior, new Jaguars coach Doug Pederson told reporters he expects the young running back to participate in offseason workouts, whereas third-year pro James Robinson (torn Achilles) won't participate in OTAs. The extent of Etienne's participation this spring remains to be seen, but the timing of the injuries does mean he's at less risk than Robinson of missing the beginning of the 2022 season. Both figure to have roles when healthy, with Etienne being a 2021 first-round pick and Robinson sitting on 2,403 total yards and 18 touchdowns through two NFL seasons (28 games).
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Should return for OTAs

    Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said Monday that he expects Etienne (foot) to take part in workouts early in the team's offseason program, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. Etienne had his entire rookie season wiped out after the 2021 first-round pick suffered a Lisfranc injury in the preseason that later required surgery. Heading into last season, Etienne was expected to work in tandem out of the backfield with James Robinson and handle a key role in the passing game, but the Clemson product may head into the offseason as the Jaguars' clear No. 1 back while Robinson works his way back from the torn Achilles' tendon he suffered in late December. Pederson already has ruled Robinson out through OTAs and minicamp, potentially giving Etienne a chance to log most of the first-team work if he's ready to go early in the offseason program, as the coach predicts. Beyond Etienne and Robinson, the Jaguars have little in the way of proven depth in the backfield, as the other three running backs on the roster (Ryquell Armstead, Mekhi Sargent and Nathan Cottrell) have combined for 56 career carries.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: On track for training camp

    Etienne (foot) said Monday his rehab is progressing well and he expects to "be ready for training camp," John Shipley of reports. Etienne, who missed his entire rookie campaign due to a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, has already resumed running in a pool in his rehab process, per Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville. His next big hurdle will be to return to full speed in running drills and get back to strength training. With James Robinson having suffered a torn left Achilles in mid-December, both Jacksonville's top backfield options are currently focused on returning to health for the 2022 campaign.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Shifts to COVID list

    The Jaguars placed Etienne (foot) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, John Shipley of reports. Etienne is already out for the season after undergoing foot surgery back in August, so his move to the COVID-19 list is largely procedural after he tested positive for the virus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The rookie first-round pick is working to make a full recovery for the start of the Jaguars' offseason program.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Looking at four-month timeline

    Etienne (foot) will have surgery Thursday and is facing a four-month recovery timeline thereafter, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Etienne is ineligible for 2021 after being placed on injured reserve during the preseason, but it sounds like he'll at least be healthy before the start of the offseason program next spring. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform surgery Thursday on the rookie's Lisfranc injury, while James Robinson is set to lead the Jacksonville backfield Week 1 against the Texans.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Officially out for season

    Etienne (foot) has been placed on injured reserve, making him ineligible to play in 2021, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Etienne needs surgery on his left foot after suffering a Lisfranc injury during Monday's preseason game against New Orleans. Previous reports suggested he'd miss his entire rookie campaign, and the latest update eliminates any glimmer of hope, as players will only be eligible to return from IR if they're placed on it after 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 31 (the deadline to get down to 53 roster spots). The Jaguars' quick decision is yet another indicator of the severity of Etienne's injury, though he should still have plenty of time to recover before training camp next summer (and possibly much sooner). With the rookie first-round pick stuck on the shelf until next year, James Robinson will lead the Jacksonville backfield again, perhaps getting some help from Carlos Hyde, Dare Ogunbowale and/or Devine Ozigbo.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Likely done for season

    Etienne (foot) is likely to miss the entire 2021 season after tests revealed he'll need surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The first-round pick was injured in Monday's preseason game against the Saints. He'll reportedly miss multiple months and likely the entire season, leaving James Robinson and Carlos Hyde as the top options in Jacksonville's backfield.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Needs more tests on Lisfranc injury

    Etienne (foot) is scheduled for more testing Tuesday after X-Rays on his Lisfranc injury came back negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Initially deemed questionable to return after his second-quarter exit, Etienne never made it back to Monday's 23-21 preseason loss to New Orleans, instead donning a walking boot and crutches after the game. His injury has since been identified as a Lisfranc/midfoot sprain, with the Jaguars now trying to figure out how much time he'll miss. Any absence in the regular season would leave more touches for James Robinson, particularly targets, while Carlos Hyde could add some more carries to his plate.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Out indefinitely

    Etienne has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain in the aftermath of Monday's preseason loss in New Orleans and will be out indefinitely, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Considering the vague prognosis, Etienne's status for Week 1 could be in peril, pending testing once the Jaguars return to Jacksonville. The rookie first-round pick left Monday's game in the second quarter after turning two touches into four yards from scrimmage. Afterward, Etienne was walking with a visible limp and a boot on his left foot. Look for incumbent James Robinson (five carries for 13 yards Monday) and Carlos Hyde (four touches for six total yards) to have elevated stature in the Jags backfield while Etienne is sidelined.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Dons walking boot postgame

    Etienne (foot) was spotted in a walking boot after Monday's preseason loss at New Orleans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Etienne exited the exhibition in the second quarter and was evaluated by the Jaguars' medical staff, who deemed him questionable to return. But the rookie first-rounder was unable to do so, and he'll now undergo additional testing on his left foot once the team gets back to Jacksonville. During a postgame interview, coach Urban Meyer said Etienne may have a sprained foot, per Having said that, the upcoming examination of Etienne's foot will determine the nature of the injury and its accompanying prognosis.
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  • Jaguars' Travis Etienne: Suffers foot injury

    Etienne is questionable to return to Monday's preseason game at New Orleans due to a foot injury. During the second quarter, Etienne was looked at by the Jaguars' training staff in the sideline tent, but afterward the rookie first-round pick was able to walk on the leg in question, per Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville. With the contest closing in on halftime at the time of the injury announcement, Etienne likely will remain on the sideline until the clock hits zero. If so, he'll end preseason Week 2 with one carry for one yard and one catch (on one target) for three yards.
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