Travis Etienne injury impacts Jaguars’ backfield in a big way

One of the reasons it was such as a surprise Jacksonville exhausted a first-round pick on a running back in April was the performance of James Robinson as a rookie last season. The undrafted free agent from Illinois State recorded 1,070 rushing yards and seven touchdowns at a clip of 4.5 yards per rush. He also added 39 receptions for 344 yards.

Robinson, 23, will remain Jacksonville’s starting running back. However, there’s not a lot behind him on the depth chart. Veteran Carlos Hyde has looked like a shell of his former self this summer. Neither Dare Ogunbowale nor Devine Ozigbo have stepped up. Look for Jacksonville to scour the veteran market, either via free agency or the trade block, ahead of Week 1.

Trevor Lawrence loses his safety valve in Travis Etienne

Once Lawrence took over for Kelly Bryant as Clemson’s starting quarterback early in his freshman season back in 2018, it became clear that he and Etienne would form an elite backfield. As the quarterback was breaking school records, Etienne was doing his thing for the Tigers. That included the back tallying a combined 85 receptions in his final two seasons with Lawrence tossing him the rock.