No. 2 Jaguars player who must show out vs. the Colts in Week 1: Tyson Campbell, CB
The Colts don't have many viable targets in the passing game, which tips the scale in the Jaguars' favor. Michael Pittman Jr. will most likely be Anthony Richardson's top target. While he's a fine player, he's not the kind that can take over games, at least not at this stage of his career.
Opposite Pittman is sophomore Alec Pierce, who had a solid sophomore campaign but isn't the kind of threat that will keep defensive coordinators awake the day before the game. If cornerback Tyson Campbell manages to contain Pittman and erases one half of the field, he'll make it difficult for Richardson to have a memorable NFL season debut.
No. 1 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Colts in Week 1: Christian Kirk,
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley is getting lots of attention in his journey back to greatness. So far, he's been everything the Jaguars expected and then some. The Colts are taking notice and one big part of their strategy Sunday will involve slowing him down.
Heading into the game, Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley noted that "the addition of Calvin Ridley creates uncertainty as a coordinator when it comes to building a game plan for the Jags." Don't be surprised if Indy tries to double Ridley on every play. Similarly, expect him to win many of those matchups.
Having said that, the attention Ridley will draw will leave fellow receiver Christian Kirk with lots of favorable matchups. If Kirk takes advantage of his opportunities, the Jags could build a significant lead early on and not look back.