JuJu Brents makes huge play for Colts in his first NFL game

Making his NFL debut, it didn’t take long for rookie cornerback JuJu Brents to make an impact play for the Indianapolis Colts.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback JuJu Brents (29) warms up on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, at M&T Bank
Indianapolis Colts cornerback JuJu Brents (29) warms up on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, at M&T Bank / Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

On Sunday, it was announced that rookie cornerback JuJu Brents would suit up and play with the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in his career. Drafted in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, offseason injuries limited Brents throughout training camp, so he was a healthy scratch the first two weeks. However, in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Brents got the start.

It didn’t take long for the rookie to make his impact felt. During Baltimore’s second drive, the Ravens were driving down the field, on the verge of going up 14-0. Baltimore threw a screen pass to Kenyan Drake, and the former Colt was breaking away for a long game. Fortunately for Indy, the rookie Brents came from behind and knocked the ball out Drake’s hand, and recovered the fumble.

In just his second drive in the NFL, Brents was able to make a big play and get the ball back to the offense.

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Unfortunately, the offense didn’t do anything with it, eventually punting the ball, but it was great to see JuJu Brents on the field making plays. He’s seemingly now one of Indy’s starting cornerbacks, after the Colts made former starter Darrell Baker Jr. a healthy scratch on Sunday. Baker had struggled in the first two weeks of the season, and Indy was planning for Brents to be the future at corner once he was healthy and up to speed.

The future is now. The Indianapolis-native JuJu Brents is starting for the Colts and already making big plays. Hopefully, with the way the young Indianapolis Colts secondary has struggled to start the season, this big play from Brents is just the first of many in a long career in Indianapolis for the young rookie cornerback.