Travis Etienne said he will have a more relaxed set of OTA sessions, veterans minicamp (June 10-12) and then training camp in July and August.
The main reason: he’s not stressing about coming back from a Linsfranc foot injury that cost him his entire rookie season of 2021.
“Last year was more about getting healthy and getting back,” said Etienne, who became the first 1,000-yard rusher to play for a Doug Pederson-coached team with 1,125 yards and five touchdowns. ”This year, I didn’t have to worry about my foot. It’s great. So I’m able to work on football.”
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Etienne also is hopeful for a faster start. He didn’t post his first career 100-yard game until the seventh game of 2022 against the New York Giants. It was the first of three consecutive 100-yard games where he scored four touchdowns. He then punctuated his season by gaining 171 yards on 30 carries in two playoff games.
It should be noted Etienne split time early in the season with incumbent starter James Robinson, who was traded to the New York Jets on Oct. 25, right after the seventh game of the season where Etienne had 114 yards and a touchdown.
Etienne provided one of the top plays of the Jaguars’ season with his 25-yard gain from a T-formation straight out of the 1950s on fourth down to set up Riley Patterson’s game-winning field goal in a 31-30 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Etienne had 109 yards in that game, helping the Jags rally from a 27-0 deficit.
Jaguars running back Travis Etienne takes a handoff from quarterback Trevor Lawrence during an OTA sessions on May 22 at TIAA Bank Field.
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