1Will he be 100% healthy for Week 1?
A major question for Travis Etienne entering 2022 is his recovery from a Lisfranc injury to his left foot that derailed his entire 2021 campaign. If he’s 100% healthy Week 1, his upside is both promising and impressive. If he isn’t, his downside is concerningly low.
2If the Jags aren’t playoff contenders, would they rest him down the stretch?
The Jaguars need Etienne for the long term, and they won’t push him more than is needed in what’s expected to be another non-playoff season. Knowing this, is 17 games realistic? Might we anticipate 14-15 games as Jacksonville plays it safe, particularly down the stretch? Etienne’s usage is entirely unknowable, making his range of outcomes relatively wide.
3Could James Robinson and a large receiving corps cap Etienne’s ceiling?
Etienne joins a more entrenched James Robinson in the backfield while also competing for targets alongside a somewhat more formidable receiving corps. Even if Etienne is healthy for all 17 games, what’s a realistic range of touches per contest? Robinson’s recovery from his late-season Achilles tear will be a major factor. Etienne’s optimal upside has him beginning the season as the starting RB while Robinson continues to work his way back. In this scenario, Etienne’s talent might keep him in the starting role all year.