The Jacksonville Jaguars return to Everbank Field this Sunday after a rough trip to the west coast. Luckily the Jaguars are regaining the services of starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert and veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis. Still, Jacksonville is going to need a lot of help to beat their perennial rivals. Coming off a pretty decisive victory against the 49ers, the Colts have the confidence and the talent at key positions to run away with this one. We decided to get intel on the Colts from our Fansided bros over at Naptown’s Finest. Here’s what Co-Editor Evan Massey had to say about some of my questions:
1. The Colts signed a lot of key free agents this off-season – which of the signings is going to have the biggest impact against the Jaguars?
The Colts’ biggest signing this off-season was either LaRon Landry or Ahmad Bradshaw. Both guys have been dealing with injuries lately, but if I had to choose one I’d say Landry. He’s a play-maker in our secondary. If Bradshaw is healthy, he’ll receive a good amount of carries as well.
2. How has Trent Richardson adjusted to the new offense? Can he become an impact player sooner rather than later?
There’s no doubt that it’s a process. From the sounds of things, he’s progressed very nicely this week, and will receive a good amount of carries on Sunday. He’s the workhorse in the future plans for the Colts, but the coaching staff has made it clear that they’ll continue to use a dual-back system for now between him and Bradshaw.
3. Which rookie should the Jaguars focus on containing?
Bjoern Werner is probably the guy to keep an eye out for. He’s begun making an impact defensively, and helped put pressure on Colin Kaepernick last week. There aren’t too many rookies with key roles on our roster right now, so Werner is the best current option.
4. Name a player on offense that Jacksonville fans should be worried about.
On offense, you should be worried about T.Y. Hilton. He’s had an up and down season thus far, but is poised to have a field day against the inexperienced Jaguars defense. Hilton provides a great deep threat, and he’s also a great weapon across the middle and in the screen game.
5. What’s your prediction for the game?
I don’t see this game being all that close. The Jaguars are the home team, so they may play a bit better than expected, but the Colts should take this one with relative ease. Final score prediction?
Colts 34, Jaguars 17.
– Daniel Lago
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