1. Wide Receiver – Christian Kirk
The Jaguars went out and got a good, young, speedy receiver in the offseason, Christian Kirk. Kirk has the ability to play out wide, along with his ability to play in the slot. In his Jaguar debut, Kirk had six receptions on 12 targets for 117 yards. That is a respectable 19.5 yards per catch. He is probably the number one weapon in this Jacksonville offense. The Colts are going to have to lock down on Kirk.
Kirk is a 5-11 receiver that makes good use of his body to get open in the middle of zones or simply just beats his man for easy catches. He is going to spend the majority of the time in the slot. This makes for a good matchup between Indy’s slot corner, Kenny Moore. These two are similar in stature and will definitely have some good battles. Kirk was paid a lot of money in the offseason, so this offense wants to make him one of the key components in it.
I feel confident in Kenny Moore when he is manned up with Kirk. Kenny has great speed and is a good tackler. Indianapolis may run into problems when in different zones on defense. I think that he needs to be treated as a high-end receiver in this game. He will run a lot of crossing routes to get open, so communication during and before the snap will be imperative for the Indianapolis defense.
The Colts will have their hands full if they are having trouble containing these three guys. We all know about the curse that haunts the Indy down in Jacksonville. If Indianapolis does what they are supposed to do and comes ready to play, we will see the Colts put up the first tally of many in the win column this season.