Travis Etienne

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #1
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Travis Etienne News

Leads backfield with 32 yards

Etienne rushed eight times for 32 yards and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The Jaguars got off to a quick 14-0 lead without giving Etienne a touch, but the positive game script only resulted in eight touches for both he and starter James Robinson. The blame for the lack of opportunities can be placed on quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who turned the ball over five times following the hot start. Both Etienne and Robinson have been splitting touches through four weeks, with the latter being the preferred fantasy option due to his usage in the red zone (three touchdowns to Etienne's zero). Etienne will run the risk of being labeled a fantasy bust if he can't get things going against Houston's last place rush defense next Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 3:39 PM EST

Productive in Sunday's win

Etienne carried the ball 13 times for 45 yards and caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: The 2021 first-round pick once again appeared dangerous with the ball in his hands, especially as a receiver, but he couldn't quite break away for a big gain. Etienne saw 16 touches to James Robinson's 20, but much of his workload came in the second half after the Jaguars had built a large lead, and Robinson remains the clear top option in the backfield for the team. Both backs could be busy in Week 4 as Jacksonville tries to keep Jalen Hurts and the high-flying Philadelphia offense on the sidelines.

Sep 25, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Stuck in secondary role

Etienne carried the ball nine times for 20 yards in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Colts. He added three receptions for 33 yards.

Analysis: Etienne was reportedly set to split the backfield with James Robinson, but that's not the way things played out on the field. Robinson out-touched Etienne 25-12, though Etienne did the better work as a receiver. Jacksonville has been surprisingly competitive through two weeks, but if they fall behind as expected in future matchups, Etienne may be in a better position to produce. He has five receptions for 51 yards as well as 67 yards on the ground through two games.

Sep 18, 2022 3:11 PM EST

Headed for workload split Week 2

Etienne and James Robinson are expected to split the snaps and touches out of the backfield in Sunday's game against the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Game flow will likely dictate the extent to which both Etienne and Robinson are used, but the Jaguars seem content to have a roughly even timeshare in place for the second week in a row. Both backs logged 31 offensive snaps a piece in last week's loss to the Commanders, but Robinson (11 carries and one reception for 69 total yards and two touchdowns) handily outproduced Etienne (four carries and two receptions for 65 yards) from a fantasy perspective.

Sep 18, 2022 6:55 AM EST

Just six touches in loss

Etienne rushed four times for 47 yards and caught two of four passes for 18 yards in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Commanders.

Analysis: Etienne ripped off a couple of big runs despite getting just four carries in his 2022 debut. The 2021 first-round pick did cough up the ball once, but it was recovered by Jacksonville, so this wasn't a "doghouse" scenario with new head coach Doug Pederson. In fact, Etienne had been touted as the Jaguars' lead back heading into the season, even when James Robinson (Achilles) returned from his major injury. The latter made a speedy recovery, and not only suited up Sunday, but may have taken the starting job away from Etienne after getting 12 touches for 69 yards and two short touchdowns. Etienne's managers have to anxiously wait for next week's matchup against the Colts to see if the back's fantasy value can recover from this shocking dud.

Sep 11, 2022 4:41 PM EST

To be joined by Robinson in Week 1

Etienne and James Robinson are in line to share work in Sunday's season opener against the Commanders, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

Analysis: While Etienne worked as the Jaguars' top back throughout training camp, Robinson has continued to progress from a torn left Achilles that he suffered last year on Dec. 26. Per DiRocco, Robinson -- who is not listed on the Jaguars' Week 1 injury report -- is not expected to be limited this weekend, with his Week 1 workload dependent on game flow and how he feels as Sunday's contest unfolds. In that context, we'd still expect Etienne to see his share of work versus Washington, and given the element of speed he brings to the table, the 2021 first-rounder remains the upside play in Jacksonville's backfield.

Sep 7, 2022 3:06 PM EST

Sitting out final exhibition

Etienne and other starters aren't scheduled to play in the Jaguars' third and final preseason game Saturday against Atlanta, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.

Analysis: Etienne got most of the first-team snaps this preseason -- with Snoop Conner subbing in some -- and took 17 carries for 52 yards and one catch for 10 yards. The 2021 first-round pick looked better than the middling numbers suggest, and he figures to be the lead back Week 1 even if James Robinson (Achilles) is cleared to play -- something coach Doug Pederson expects to happen, per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network.

Aug 23, 2022 8:41 AM EST

Tallies 29 yards

Etienne gained 29 yards on eight rushes in Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Etienne tallied the first carry of the game and split first-team work with Snoop Conner throughout the first half. He averaged only 3.6 yards per carry but did manage gains of 10 and seven yards. Etienne is likely to be the lead back for the Jaguars to begin the regular season, though James Robinson (Achilles) is also likely to command some reps.

Aug 20, 2022 9:35 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Aug 12, 2022 8:00 PM EST

On track to play Friday

Coach Doug Pederson said Etienne, QB Trevor Lawrence and other starters will play a couple drives in Friday's preseason game against Cleveland, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It'll be Etienne's first game since suffering a Lisfranc injury in the second week of the preseason last year. The 2022 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) while Robinson has been working his way up to speed.

Aug 10, 2022 5:51 AM EST

Won't play Thursday

Etienne won't play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Raiders on Thursday, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: 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.

Aug 2, 2022 6:39 AM EST

Impressing new coaching staff

Etienne has made a strong impression with coach Doug Pederson and the new coaching staff during OTAs, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: 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. "[Etienne is] doing a great job handling a lot of information that we're throwing at the guys," said Pederson. "We're putting him in different spots and seeing what he can do right now." The 23-year-old lined up at both running back and wide receiver during rookie minicamp last year, and it appears the new coaching staff also has a versatile role in mind for 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.

Jun 8, 2022 2:10 PM EST

No restrictions for OTAs

Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Etienne (foot) is a full-go for all practice activities at OTAs, reports.

Analysis: Etienne, a 2021 first-round pick, missed his entire rookie season due to a left Lisfranc injury, but he now appears to be fully healthy. That recovery timetable lines up, as the running back stated he was at 85-90 percent form back in April. Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports Etienne participating in passing drills while fully dressed Monday, working with quarterback and former Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence. With James Robinson recovering from an Achilles tear and unable to participate in OTAs, Etienne will receive an opportunity to handle the majority share of No. 1 practice reps, as long as he avoids any setbacks. Both running backs stand to be involved on offense when healthy, but it remains to be seen if Robinson will be available for the start of the 2022 campaign.

May 23, 2022 8:32 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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).

Apr 12, 2022 1:17 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 has already 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.

Mar 28, 2022 6:00 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 10, 2022 7:31 AM EST

Shifts back to injured reserve

Etienne (foot) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and reverted to injured reserve.

Analysis: Etienne was transferred to the COVID list last week but is now back on injured reserve after clearing the health and safety protocols. The rookie first-round pick never saw the field the season after undergoing foot surgery in August. Dare Ogunbowale is set to finish the campaign as Jacksonville's top running back with James Robinson also lost to a torn Achilles.

Dec 31, 2021 6:55 AM EST

Shifts to COVID list

The Jaguars placed Etienne (foot) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Etienne is already out for the season after having been placed on IR back in August, so his move to the COVID list is largely procedural. The rookie first-round pick is working to recover by the start of the offseason program and rejoin a backfield that James Robinson has led throughout 2021, though he will have a new surrounding context with Urban Meyer no longer positioned as the Jaguars' head coach.

Dec 22, 2021 7:58 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Sep 2, 2021 6:20 AM EST

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