6. Sticking To His Guns
Carlos Hyde reunited with Meyer after a frustrating 2020 season with the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran running back played for his new head coach at Ohio State from 2010-13 (via The Florida Times-Union). Hyde spent most of his NFL career as a backup but he’s enjoyed a lot of football so far under Meyer. The coach even used him instead of star rookie Travis Etienne, before the latter injured himself.
Everybody respects loyalty but some are questioning if this is misplaced. The Jaguars used Hyde as the second back off the bench but without great effect. They even tried a toss play that didn’t come off but would have suited Etienne’s style perfectly. Now, the rookie is out for the season so they’re stuck with Hyde regardless. It’s a strange situation but one of Meyer’s making.