The Jacksonville Jaguars are going all in for the 2022 season.
In a span of two weeks, the team brought in reinforcements on both sides of the ball.
On defense, they now have linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, and cornerback Darious Williams.
On offense, quarterback Trevor Lawrence will take the field with wide receivers Zay Jones and Christian Kirk, tight end Evan Engram, and All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff.
These players will commence their offseason workouts with the Jaguars on April 4 because they hired a new head coach in Doug Pederson.
But with that date roughly a week away, there’s still uncertainty regarding some of their players, most especially running back Travis Etienne.
The Super Bowl LII-winning mentor revealed Etienne’s status to NFL Network reporter Cameron Wolfe.
#Jaguars HC Doug Pederson says he expects Travis Etienne ready to go early in offseason (OTAs/minicamp). He says James Robinson probably won’t be ready until training camp. He says Robinson can be 3-down RB & Etienne’s role he said “we’ll see” with a wide smile.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 28, 2022
Wolfe tweeted, “#Jaguars HC Doug Pederson says he expects Travis Etienne ready to go early in offseason (OTAs/minicamp). He says James Robinson probably won’t be ready until training camp. He says Robinson can be 3-down RB & Etienne’s role he said ‘we’ll see’ with a wide smile.”
Jacksonville can have a menacing backfield to opposing defenses if both Robinson and Etienne are ready to go.
However, it’s good news that Etienne will finally take the field after suffering a Lisfranc injury that ruled him out of the 2021 season.
Jaguars’ Backfield Will Have More Bite
Etienne was part of the 2021 draft class wherein the top prospect reunited with his college quarterback.
That said, the Jaguars hope that the Lawrence-Etienne tandem can deliver the same spark that led them to a national championship in 2018.
However, the promising start to their NFL partnership ended when the running back from Louisiana required surgery on his foot injury.
Now that he will be ready in the offseason, Etienne would like to make up for lost time and showcase the talent that enabled him to gather 4,952 career rushing yards and 70 touchdowns with Clemson.