This past weekend, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport revealed that Travis Etienne took most of his rookie minicamp reps at wide receiver. This report confused a lot of fans because Etienne is a proven commodity at running back, but Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer recently explained the logic behind this decision.
During a recent interview, Meyer discussed the current options he has in his backfield with Etienne, Carlos Hyde and James Robinson. While he seems very fond of all three players, he admit that Etienne is very different from the other two.
“I think you need complements,” Meyer said on 1010XL 92.5 FM JAX Sports Radio. “I just love great backs. And at Ohio State, we had Zeke Elliott, Carlos Hyde. And right now, we have James Robinson -who is a stud – and Carlos Hyde, who I have a great history with. So we have two big, downhill backs – and they can do other things, too – but I think Travis is he’s that dual.”
Since the Jaguars have two downhill backs in their offense, Meyer is hopeful that Etienne can be an offensive weapon like Percy Harvin.
“He’s the Percy Harvin, we’re hoping. I mean, those are big shoes, when you say something like that. But you’ve got Parris Campbell, you’ve got Curtis Samuel, those types of players. Offensive coordinators love those kind of guys who can do multiple things.”
Etienne showcased his versatility during his final season at Clemson, as he finished the year with 914 rushing yards and 588 receiving yards. There’s no question he has the skillset to be a dangerous runner and receiver for the Jaguars.
Hopefully, Meyer will be able to maximize Etienne’s potential this fall.
Jaguars fans can see Etienne in action this August when preseason football begins.