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Jaguars believe Callaway graduate Tank Biggsy is poised for breakthrough sophomore season – LaGrange Daily News

By meerna Jul11,2024
Jaguars believe Callaway graduate Tank Biggsy is poised for breakthrough sophomore season – LaGrange Daily News

Jaguars believe Callaway graduate Tank Biggsy is poised for a breakthrough sophomore season

Posted 11:57 on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Tank Bigsby is entering a pivotal season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a rookie season in 2023 that saw the former Callaway Cavalier play sporadically behind star quarterback Travis Etienne, Bigsby is poised for a breakout sophomore season.

With another offseason behind him to learn the ropes and get used to the physicality of the NFL level, Bigsby began to show signs of progress.

“He had a chance last year to sit down and really see what this league is all about,” Jaguars running backs coach Jerry Mack said during the offseason, via The Florida Times-Union. “And he’s done a great job so far in the offseason, just attacking every single day.”

Bigsby finished his rookie season with 50 catches, 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite receiving playing time in all 17 regular season games as a rookie, he was not part of the rotation for most of the final stretch of the season, not having a single carry in three of the Jaguars’ final six games of the season. The exception was the Jaguars’ 26–0 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 17, in which Bigsby had the most playing time, gaining 32 yards on 10 carries.

Etienne was the buzzer-beater last year with 267 carries, and Bigsby was second on the team with 50. Etienne hasn’t missed a game the past two seasons, amassing 2,133 rushing yards, but the Jaguars are looking to limit the wear and tear on their starting running back.

Any plans Jacksonville has to reduce Etienne’s workload will depend on Bigsby’s development.

Jacksonville head coach Doug Pederson spoke to the media earlier this week about the plan to expand Bigby’s role on offense this year.

“Yeah, it’s hard to put a number on how many reps, but you want him to be as healthy as possible throughout the season,” Pederson said at a news conference. “So — and we talked about this as a staff and I — making sure Tank (Bigsby) has the opportunity to go out there and take some of the hits from Travis.

“Again, just another step, Year 3 with us on offense and just watching him develop. I think there’s more yards he can get. There’s definitely going to be a focus on using him more in the run game and making sure that the yards that are there, we’re doing the right things, hitting the right holes, anticipating defenders and blocking schemes and all that type of stuff. Then we can take the wear and tear off of him with Tank.”

The Jaguars had high hopes for Bigsby when they selected him in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. His rookie year was a mix of ups and downs as he came to terms with the NFL.

It was a stark contrast to life at Auburn, where despite a ferocious offensive line, Bigsby put up video game numbers. The former Tiger rushed 541 times for 2,906 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons at Auburn. Bigsby left Auburn as the seventh-leading running back in school history.

“I think he understood last year, being new in the NFL, everything was incredibly fast for him,” Mack said when asked about Bigsby’s development this offseason. “I think things are starting to slow down for him now. He understands his role in this offense. He understands the ins and outs of this offense a lot better.”

Bigsby’s development will be instrumental if Jacksonville’s running attack is to take a step forward this season. The word around Jacksonville is that he is the man who will help propel the Jaguars’ running attack to the top.

By meerna

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