JACKSONVILLE – Travis Etienne Jr. is thankful for a lot these days.
Mostly, the Jaguars’ rookie running back is thankful for the season that just ended – and yes, that’s true despite its difficulty and what he endured.
“I feel like I’m very grateful,” Etienne said. “I feel like this experience really has helped me and I feel like I’m grateful that it happened.”
Etienne, the No. 25 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft, was among multiple Jaguars players speaking to the media shortly after the ’21 season. It marked Etienne’s first extensive comments publicly since he sustained a season-ending foot injury this past August.
Etienne’s health, therefore, was a major topic when he spoke – and he said the news was good regarding his future after he sustained a Lisfranc injury during the preseason.
“I definitely feel like as of now I’ll be ready for training camp,” Etienne said. “I’m ready to go.”
Etienne, who was projected to be a key part of the offense this season before the injury, said he could have returned this season. But he said doctors kept him out to ensure he could return at full strength next season.
“I look forward to being at training camp and just being back to myself,” he said.
Etienne said he has been running in the pool, and that he has yet to return to weightlifting such as squats because the injury was…