Colts Opponent Scouting Report: Jaguars Receivers


The Jaguars passing offense ranks near the bottom of the NFL in 2017. Can the Colts’ porous pass defense keep Jacksonville in check on Sunday?

Allen Robinson, who led the Jaguars in receiving last season, has been shelved for the 2017 season after injuring his left knee against the Houston Texans in the Jags’ season opener.

Marquise Lee, who finished 2016 with three touchdown receptions, has filled in admirably for the injured Robinson. The former USC product has 20 catches for 291 yards on the season.

At 6′ 0″, Lee does not possess the prototypical size for a receiver in today’s NFL, but he is at his best after the catch. If the Colts’ defensive backs can keep Lee in front of them, they have a great chance to minimize his impact on the game.

Allen Hurns burst onto the scene in 2015 with 64 receptions for 1,031 and 10 touchdowns. However, Hurns’ 2016 campaign was not as successful, as he was limited to 11 games and racked up less than 500 yards.

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An undrafted free agent out of Miami, Hurns doesn’t have elite speed and is more of a possession receiver. Look for Rashaan Melvin to be locked on Hurns for most of the afternoon. Melvin is coming off a solid performance against the Titans on Monday night that will hopefully spill over into his play against the Jags on Sunday.

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Rounding out the Jacksonville receiving corps is veteran wideout Arrelious Benn, undrafted free agent Keelan Cole, and longtime Jaguar Marcedes Lewis.

Benn has only one catch on the season and is not much of a threat in the Jaguars passing game. Cole, the rookie out of Kentucky-Wesleyan University, is more of a special teams player. He has a small role in the offense mainly due to the injury to Robinson.

Marcedes Lewis has been part of the Jacksonville offense since 2006. Outside of a three touchdown performance against the Ravens, Lewis has been virtually nonexistent this season.

Without Allen Robinson, the Jaguars lack a big-play threat in the receiving game. While Indianapolis has not performed well against the pass this season, the Jags anemic air attack gives Colts fans reason to believe Indy can keep Jacksonville limited in the passing game.