Questions had been raised when the Jacksonville Jaguars plucked running again Travis Etienne off the board within the first round of the NFL Draft, a few of which had been partly answered upon the revelation Urban Meyer had been eager on now-New York Giants extensive receiver Kadarius Toney. Meyer and the Jaguars wanted a chunk-play field-stretching merchant, the type with the versatility to both devastate as a yards-after-catch maestro and serve as a receiving threat.
Toney fit that bill, but so did Etienne
The No. 25 total decide recorded 102 catches for 1,a hundred and fifty five yards and eight touchdowns alongside 4,952 dashing yards for 70 scores in four seasons at college. As a lot was made clear concerning the staff’s intentions to construct on his dual-capabilities throughout rookie minicamp as the previous Clemson star was labored out at broad receiver. Between the arrival of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Etienne’s intriguing partnership with standout 2020 undrafted free agent James Robinson and the potential of items already in place, there’s a rejuvenated feel to the Jaguars’ 28th-ranked offense.
“I think there are so many things that might occur with this offense and that’s the concept of this offense,” Jaguars senior reporter J.P. Shadrick informed Sky Sports. “If you have the quarterback play, which you’re feeling like you will, and D.J. Chark goes to be there, Laviska Shenault has that big physique and he isn’t afraid to use that physical type of play as a receiver, Collin Johnson is a tall receiver on the surface, these three are there. “And then you have James Robinson who had over 1,000 yards final year.
He’s not a game-breaker although
his longest run was like 38 yards, however he averages four.5 a carry and should you try this like he did you will discover a job, you have to get constant yardage, James Robinson is your man. He’s very a lot protected. “Then you throw in a guy like Etienne where Urban Meyer prior to now at Florida and Ohio State has at all times had a man that may do a few various things.”
The Jaguars also come armed with veteran again Carlos Hyde, whose presence will ease the physical burden on his two youthful teammates. Etienne’s expected role has been likened to that of former Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, his multi-purpose exploits beneath Meyer at Florida having amounted to 1,929 yards receiving for thirteen touchdowns and 1,851 yards speeding for 19 scores over three seasons. “Percy was slightly smaller, a real wide receiver but they lined him up within the slot or the backfield or transfer him in motion pre-snap and faux a pitch to him, and he might take it eighty yards for a touchdown, he had that home-run game-breaking ability,” continued Shadrick. “(Indianapolis Colts receiver) Parris Campbell at Ohio State is a man like that of that same type of position, it isn’t really a place.
“That’s what they’ve envisioned for Etienne, they know he can run the soccer, he is the all-time rusher in ACC historical past so attempting to work him slightly more at wide receiver, they did that in rookie minicamp as a result of there was no one handy him the ball and no offensive line. That’s the position.”
The introduction of Etienne not only offers Lawrence
some instant familiarity apart from including a brand new dimension to the Jags offense, but could additionally show useful in opening up second-year receiver Shenault, who had 58 catches for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns while spreading his time between the slot, operating on the skin and even lining up in the backfield as a rookie. Elsewhere D.J. Chark is primed to focus on his second 1,000 yard receiving season after being restricted to 13 games in 2020, whereas experienced and somewhat under-the-radar free agency pickup Marvin Jones arrives on the back of a productive individual marketing campaign in which he registered 76 catches (career-best) for 978 yards (2nd-most) and 9 touchdowns (tied-2nd-most).
“I suppose you would possibly see him and Robinson on the sector together, you will see Shenault in a few of that type of role,” stated Shadrick. “But Etienne, that is the vision for his recreation, line him up in the slot, bubble display screen and take it 70, or massive field-flipping plays. “That’s one thing we have not had around here in years and positively not final year. The more explosive performs they can get, the sooner they can score, the extra factors they can score. It’s exhausting to sustain eight, 10, 12 play drives for scores within the NFL, it’s really difficult. It’s often ‘okay three yards, two yards, 60 yards, touchdown’. The extra of these types of guys you’ll be able to have on offense the higher.”