5 Colts players the Jaguars must silence in Week 2
No. 4 Colt the Jaguars must silence in Week 2: Michael Pittman Jr, WR
Wide receiver Alec Pierce popped up on the Colts Injury Report, which is a good thing for a Jaguars’ cornerback group that underperformed in the opener. Whether Pierce plays or not, Jacksonville will still need to account for Michael Pittman Jr., the No. 1 target in their passing game.
Just like Pierce, Pittman was listed on the Injury Report with a stiff arm but unlike his rookie counterpart, he did practice albeit in limited form. Against the Houston Texans, the USC product hauled in nine receptions for 121 yards. There are no other threats in Indy’s wide receiver corps, so neutralizing Pittman would go a long way toward slowing down their passing game.
No. 3 Colt the Jaguars must silence in Week 2: Shaquille Leonard, LB
Those that aren’t Colts fans might have missed that Darious Leonard asked in the offseason to be called Shaquille, his middle name. He explained that people referred to him as Darious went he entered the league but he prefers to go with Shaquille.
Name aside, Leonard’s impact on the football field is second to none. The All-Pro linebacker didn’t suit up for the season opener but he’s trending towards playing against the Jags.
The Jaguars’ offensive line did a good job of opening running lanes for Travis Etienne and James Robinson in Week 1 but Leonard is the kind of player that will get to the hole while the play is still developing, so the coaching staff must find a way to lessen his impact.