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.
Etienne (5’10, 205) exited college as one of the most productive backs in recent memory.
His rookie year was ruined by injury, but that Lisfranc issue (and subsequent surgery) at least occurred before the season. He's back healthy for the offseason program.
With an excellent receiving skill set, we’re looking to Etienne as a value RB2 -- especially in PPR. His early-season rushing workload might grow, too, depending on the status of James Robinson (Achilles).
Etienne was selected by the Jaguars with the 25th pick of the 2021 draft, but missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury. He's back for 2022 and positioned for a big workload with running mate James Robinson recovering from a torn Achilles. Etienne was arguably the most explosive back in last year's class and also brings speed and strong pass-catching ability to the table. He racked up a massive 6,107 yards and 78 TDs on 788 touches at Clemson, which included 85 receptions over his final two seasons. Etienne's elusiveness jumps off the page, as his 4.1 YAC ranked third and his 3.3 forced missed tackle rate sixth in the 2021 class. Etienne's output may eventually be limited by Robinson, but he has a path to, at least, RB2 production out of the gate.
Travis Etienne has all the draft capital to his name and was set up nicely to have a productive rookie season before the injury. Etienne is back healthy and looks to be in a great situation with a new coaching staff and a sophomore quarterback ready to break out himself.