The Jacksonville Jaguars will welcome the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 for a rematch of the season opener. One of the biggest storylines surrounding the game is the return of Gardner Minshew, who wore the Black and Teal for a couple seasons before he was shipped out of town in 2021.
Wherever he goes, Minshew becomes well-liked and respected by coaches and teammates alike. Heading into the division bout, Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell talked about what he expects from the mustachioed quarterback.
"I think the run game changes a little bit but he has enough moxie to be able to make the runs," Caldwell told the media Thursday. "He's not as athletic as they are but he's an athletic quarterback and he can buy time with his feet. He can run his own read. He's able to make plays with his feet but he's also a veteran quarterback that knows where to go with the ball."
"So I think the offense will stay similar and they'll lean heavy on the running backs and let the quarterback do what he does," Caldwell said.
This season, Minshew has fared well in relief of Anthony Richardson, completing 68.75 percent of his passes for 553 yards with two touchdowns. Now, he'll have a chance to beat his former team. It won't be easy though. In fact, the Jags are a 4-point favorite and Indy hasn't won at EverBank Stadium, since 2014. With that in mind, here are three storylines to keep an eye on in Week 6.
3. Can the Jaguars offensive line build on Week 5's performance?
The Jaguars offensive line hasn't underperformed at times this season but they've gotten progressively better in recent weeks. Rookie Anton Harrison has made progress since his rough outing in Week 2 while right guard Brandon Scherff is coming off a pretty efficient outing.
Having left tackle Cam Robinson back in the fold also helps. On the other hand, Walker Little, who took over at left guard in Week 5, is dealing with an MCL injury and is out for the game. This means Tyler Shatley, who got the start against the Atlanta Falcons, will return to the lineup.
In Week 6, they'll go against a group that includes DeForest Buckner, Kwity Paye and Grover Stewart. Winning the battle in the trenches will be key if the Jaguars want to move the ball and reach the end zone.