Jaguars RB Travis Etienne on position flexibility: 'If I could be like Deebo Samuel, I would love that' – NFL.com


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Before Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne suffered a season-ending injury last preseason, the previous Jags coaching staff was toying with the first-round pick at receiver spots.
The new brass under Doug Pederson seems to have similar designs, utilizing Etienne primarily as a pass-catcher in an early organized team activity practice, according to CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones. Etienne sees position flexibility as the key to his success in his return to the field. The second-year player said his goal would be similar to a “wide back” like Deebo Samuel.
“Nah, nah just position flexibility,” Etienne told Jones. “If I’m in those positions throughout the game and we get good matchups, we’ll be able to exploit them. So it’s just me being able to do more and being valuable.
“Football is all about matchups, so I mean, if I could be like Deebo Samuel, I would love that. Honestly, the game is a game of productivity. If you can produce, the team is always going to have a need for you. It’s just trying to be the best player I can be so I can be on the field at all times.”
Etienne evoking Deebo is interesting considering Samuel’s standoff in San Francisco is partly due to his desire to take less wear and tear as a runner.
“Well see it’s different for him because he’s the receiver going to the backfield. I’m the running back going to receiver,” Etienne said. “For me that’s taking less pounding on my body. For him that’s putting my pounding on his. You’ve got to see it from his perspective. For me, it’s totally fine because I get to get outside in space and just work against DBs, smaller guys and I don’t have to run between the tackles. Who wouldn’t love that?”
The Jags would love to see Etienne become a dual-threat force after missing his entire rookie season. If he stays healthy and becomes a weapon, Jacksonville would have a stellar backfield duo in James Robinson and Etienne.
Offensive lineman Alex Mack and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a reworked deal that drops his base salary from $5 million to $1.12 million this season and his 2022 salary from $3.35 million to $1.165 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.
On Thursday, EA Sports revealed brand new gameplay features in the upcoming “Madden NFL 23.” Chief among them is “a new foundation for consistent, ultra-realistic gameplay” the company has dubbed FieldSENSE.
When Lamar Jackson eventually joins his teammates for offseason workouts, he’ll have some new things to work on. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman noted Wednesday that he’s tweaked about 20% of the offense ahead of the 2022 season.
Asked directly during a Dwight Clark Legacy series event if star wide receiver Deebo Samuel would be traded, 49ers general manager John Lynch reiterated his plans to hang on to one of his best players.
Second-year Jets RB Michael Carter insists he is happy the club drafted Breece Hall to join him in the backfield. Carter believes there’s enough carries for everyone to go around and sees “something special” in Hall’s future.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers just edged out Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen on Wednesday in ‘The Match’ at the Wynn Golf Club near the Las Vegas Strip. After trading leads multiple times throughout the match, Rodgers sank the final putt to clinch the win.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III died Wednesday at the age of 38, the team announced. “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the Cowboys said in a statement.
Commanders pass rusher Chase Young gave a positive update on his rehab from a torn ACL
Stephon Tuitt, 29, announced his retirement after seven seasons in Pittsburgh, finishing at No. 20 on the Steelers’ all-time sack list.
Kyler Murray’s dramatic offseason isn’t keeping him from offseason activities. The Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback returned to the practice field Wednesday for his first time this offseason.
John Madden — a Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach of the Raiders, legendary NFL color analyst and namesake of one the highest-selling sports video games of all time — is returning to the cover of Madden NFL 23 for the first time in more than two decades, EA Sports announced on Wednesday.
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