2020 Week 1 Analysis: Colts @ Jaguars (By Ross Jacobs)
Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
-This game had me dying laughing. The Jaguars are one of the least talented teams in the league as the front office is stripping them down for a big rebuild, but they played hard, got a little lucky, and somehow won this game. They can thank the amazing Phillip Rivers because he handed them the game on a silver platter just like he did so often with the Chargers. Some things never change I guess.
-You have to hand it to the Jaguars. They could easily have rolled over and quit, but they kept coming hard after the Colts. They are still going to struggle to win another 2 or 3 games after this, but their hustle was impressive.
-Jacksonville is going to struggle to score points this year. They managed 27 here, but Gardner Minshew can't complete 95% of his passes every week. He's an impressive young QB though. He stays calm and collected and just dices up defenses with precision passes. Reminds me of a poor man's Drew Brees. As good as he is though I don't think there's enough pieces around him for this offense to be very good.
-If the Jaguars offense isn't very good, their defense is a mess. The Colts only scored 20 on them, but that was more self-inflicted damage than anything the Jaguars did. One player in particular is a real problem for them and has been for several years. Linebacker Myles Jack. Jack is certainly athletic enough to play, but his instincts aren't good and his tackling is among the worst I've ever seen from a linebacker. He never wraps up ball carriers, preferring instead to try and blast them going full speed. It makes for an alarming amount of missed tackles. He should absolutely be replaced in the coming rebuild. One player I would keep would be Joe Schobert. He is easily the best player on this defense.
-I don't have many notes on the Colts. Everyone on the offense played well except Rivers. They'll be fine most weeks though. This offensive line is too good not to. They definitely need to get rookie Jonathan Taylor going. He looked exactly like he did in college, fast, powerful, and excellent hands in the passing game. Nyheim Hines can't hold a candle to Taylor.
-In fantasy you may want to target this Colts defense. Allowing a 95% completion rate is pretty bad, but on top of that their run defense looked even worse to my eyes. Rookie RB James Robinson, who went undrafted, was gashing the defense all day, and it wasn't anything special he was doing. Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb are coming up in the next 4 games.
-Parris Campbell looks very undervalued. Everyone just forgot about him because he was injured most of his rookie year, but he's back healthy and looks fast and crisp as ever. There's upside here, and if TY Hilton were to get hurt Campbell could be a shock top 10 WR.
-Speaking of Hilton he didn't get a whole lot here, but I wouldn't worry. Rivers will get him the ball.
-I love DJ Chark, but I'm not sure there's enough volume in this offense to make him a WR1. He should be a safe WR2 though.