According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Jaguars have agreed to terms on a contract with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Travis Etienne. Rapoport reports there is no offset language, and a large amount of the signing bonus is upfront.
Etienne joins first overall pick quarterback Trevor Lawrence (his college teammate), third-round pick safety Andre Cisco, fourth-round pick defensive tackle Jay Tufele, fourth-round pick EDGE Jordan Smith, fifth-round pick tight end Luke Farrell, and sixth-round pick receiver Jalen Camp as Jaguars' rookie draft picks under contract. Second-round picks cornerback Tyson Campbell and offensive tackle Walker Little remain unsigned.
Travis Etienne will play a prominent role in the Jaguars' offense in 2021. After setting ACC records as a running back at Clemson, Etienne has cross-trained as a running back and receiver in Jacksonville. He's been dubbed a "slash" player by new head coach Urban Meyer. While he's unlikely to take over RB1 duties with James Robinson in town, Etienne will still see the field often lined up out wide, in the slot, and in the backfield. His speed, contact balance, and penchant for chunk plays will aid a Jaguars' offense that was often stagnant in 2020.
"Travis Etienne, and someone said why you would take another running back? He's much more than a running back," Urban Meyer shared. "He's a slash — we did not recruit him just because he's a running back. We probably wouldn't have. He's a guy that had a lot of production in the pass game at Clemson. He has excellent hands and he'll be dual-trained, he'll be a guy that we dual-train. Those guys are hard to find, but if you find one, we know how to use them. With him I expect an instant impact."
Jaguars training camp officially gets underway in just over a week on Tuesday, July 27th.
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