Perhaps one of the more intriguing draft selections, Tank Bigsby, joins Travis Etienne in the Jaguars’ crowded backfield.
At Auburn, Bigsby displayed natural power with the ability to turn corners with explosiveness. He displayed good burst and body control and displayed competent, fluid pass-catching capabilities. Bigsby’s elusiveness is perhaps his most redeeming quality, with a PFF elusive rating of 139.9.
Bigsby rolled for 2,903 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground at Auburn while recording 448 yards on 72 receptions for the Tigers.
It’s this same skillset Bibsby is showing off so far during off-season camp in Jacksonville. During rookie minicamp, he was the featured back and found his way into paydirt multiple times.
“I wanted to show that I can do a lot of things as the back,” he said in a USA Today article. “Just keep working, keep growing. Listen to the vets, listen to my coaches and do whatever I can do so I can get better every day.”
“I bring the energy. I bring the juice and the winning. I want to win,” he said. “[I want to] get guys around me to win and have the same energy to compete. That’s what I bring to the table. I do whatever in my power for the team to win and lay it on the line every chance I get.”
One of his former coaches at Auburn also heaped their praises on Bigsby.
“I will tell you he is one of the hardest workers that I’ve been around,” Christian Robinson said. “The way that our building was in Auburn, the practice field is right outside and about every single day in the summer, when most of the time guys go to their workout and they’ll go and do maybe a little seven on seven or something maybe twice a week, about every single day [he was working.]”
Doug Pederson has a long history of using multiple running backs, particularly as the Eagles’ head coach from 2016 to 2020. In three of those five seasons, Pederson’s teams ranked inside the top 10 in rush attempts and ranked 11th or better in rush yards in four of those five seasons.
Last season, before handing the keys over to Etienne full-time, James Robinson served as the lead running back for weeks 1 through 6 but touches became more evenly split.
Etienne spoke positively about a committee approach with the Jaguars.
“I feel like it keeps the wear and tear off my body … I don’t have to go and bang myself up each and every play,” Etienne said.
Bigsby is a perfect compliment to Etienne with home-run hitting ability in his own right and offers league-winning upside should Etienne go down with an injury. He’s worth the flier in dynasty, where The Wolf has him ranked at his current ADP of RB8.