Obvious: Travis Etienne
The football community was robbed of seeing Urban Meyer’s vision for Travis Etienne after he missed all of 2021 with a foot injury. Meyer stated he wanted to use Etienne as a hybrid chess piece and he had been practicing with the receivers as well as the running backs. Thankfully, new head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Press Taylor have indicated they want to showcase Etienne’s versatility and have offered a similar approach in his split between running back and receiver. No matter how Etienne is used, he will add dynamic playmaking ability that Jacksonville desperately needed last year. The Jaguars have 179 vacated targets and 118 carries from 2021, and Etienne should be in line to take many of those.
Sleeper: Andre Cisco
The Jaguars defense finished dead last in the league last season with only nine total takeaways. Second year safety Andre Cisco was known for his playmaking at Syracuse where he had 13 career interceptions. Cisco was limited to mostly special teams and third safety snaps as a rookie but flashed in his three starts at the end of the season. Cisco just needs to beat out veteran Andrew Wingard to cement himself as the teams starting free safety. His rangy play and ball hawking ability will pair nicely with safety Rashawn Jenkins and the stellar corner room consisting of Shaquill Griffin, Tyson Campbell, and Darious Williams.
Sleeper: Ben Bartch
Bartch was an intriguing division three project coming out of St. Johns in the 2020 draft, and has developed nicely since arriving in Jacksonville. He was decent when filling in at right guard for AJ Cann last season and showed enough promise to warrant a starting job. This season he should slot in on the left side due to the signing of prized free agent Brandon Scherff. 2022 third-rounder Luke Fortner is entrenched in a camp battle at center and does not seem to be competing for snaps at guard meaning that Bartch has an open runway to be the team’s long term answer at left guard.