Doug Pederson: Now is the time to experiment and see what Travis Etienne can do

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In 2021, Jaguar drafted Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne in the first round to help reconfigure their attack.

But only one of these two was able to play during the season, with Etienne suffering a season-ending foot injury during a pre-season match.

Etienne is now healthy into 2022 and it appears that Jaguar’s new coaching staff have important plans for him. Etienne has been working at multiple locations along the offense and recently said he would like to simulate 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel to exploit the various matches.

Manager Doug Pedersen was asked on Monday about Etienne’s progress and he replied: “Really good.”

“Oh my gosh, it’s exciting to get him out here and have him on the grass all this season and really work with him,” Pederson said in his press conference. “He does a great job handling a lot of the information that we throw at the players and putting it in different places. [We’re] Just seeing what he can do now.”

As for taking him to different places on the field, Pederson said, “It’s fun. It’s the time to do these things, to really experiment on both sides of the ball and just kind of see what the players can do, and he’s one of those guys.”

Etienne has been pushing hard throughout his time at Clemson, but has become more of a threat in the last two seasons. He had 37 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in 2019, giving him 2,046 yards of scrimmage. And in 2020, he had 48 catches for 588 yards with a pair of TDs in 12 games.

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