One day after it was reported the Jaguars had agreed to terms on a new deal with defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, the team confirmed that the veteran will be staying in place for the foreseeable future. Sunday brought on another transaction in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have extended running back JaMycal Hasty, per a team announcement. He was due to become a restricted free agent next month, but will now continue his stay in Duval County. The 26-year-old began his career in San Francisco, shouldering a small workload on offense while carving out a role for himself on special teams. His 4.8 yards per touch with the 49ers showed potential, but was not enough to guarantee himself a spot on their 53-man roster.
Hasty was waived during cutdown day this year, and claimed by the Jaguars. He was active for them in all 19 contents played during the regular season and playoffs, nearly seeing as many offensive snaps (222) this campaign as he had over two years with the 49ers. He logged a career-high 46 carries, which yielded 194 yards (4.2 per carry) and a pair of touchdowns. He added another 126 yards and one score in the passing game, and an additional 97 yards on four kick returns.
2021 first-rounder Travis Etienne established himself as the lead back he was expected to become this campaign, allowing the Jaguars to trade James Robinson to the Jets midseason. That cleared the way for Hasty as a complimentary member of the team’s backfield, one which achieved middling success in 2022. Jacksonville ranked 14th in the league this season with an average of 125 yards per game on the ground.
Hasty will now head into 2023 looking to confirm his place in the backfield pecking order. Etienne is firmly entrenched as the No. 1, but competition could emerge from 2022 fifth-rounder Snoop Conner after the latter was used sparingly in eight games. Either way, he will avoid free agency with this deal and potentially set himself up for another career year next season.