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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne has been one of the team’s most productive players ever since the team selected him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. But it sounds like the team thinks they can get even more production out of him.

During a recent press conference, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson opened up about a potential plan for Travis Etienne with the team giving more carries to backup running back Tank Bigsby to allow Etienne to be fresh later in the game and in the seasons.

“Yeah, it’s hard to put necessarily a rep count on it but you do want to keep him as healthy as you can throughout the season,” Pederson said in his press conference according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s why — we’ve talked about this too as a staff and myself — making sure Tank [Bigsby] gets opportunities to get out there and take some of the pounding off of Travis.”

Etienne has had more than 1,400 yards on the ground each of the past two seasons, but Pederson seems to think Etienne should be even more effective and efficient.

“Again, just taking another step, Year 3 with us in the offense and just seeing his growth,” Pederson said. “I think there’s more out there that he can get yard wise. It’ll definitely be an emphasis utilizing him more so in the run game and making sure that those yards that are there that we’re doing the right things, we’re hitting the right holes, we’re anticipating defenders and blocking schemes and all that kind of stuff. Then being able to take the wear and tear off him with Tank.”

We’ll have to see how this plan ultimately works out for the Jaguars.

[Pro Football Talk]