The wait is almost over for JuJu Brents, the 2023 second-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Brents is set to make his NFL debut in Week 3 when Indy takes on the Baltimore Ravens. It’s been a rocky road leading up to this moment, but Indy will now finally have one of their top rookies on the field in a real game.
Back in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Colts selected Brents in the second round. He was Indy’s first selection after Anthony Richardson, and was even drafted ahead of Josh Downs, showing how highly Indy thinks of the young cornerback. Unfortunately, Brents’ first offseason has been derailed by different injuries.
He couldn’t take the field during the offseason program as he was healing from a wrist injury, and during training camp, a hamstring injury led to Brents missing more time. Once Brents was actually healthy, the season had started and he was a rookie with very little practice time. This led to him being a healthy scratch in Indy’s first two games.
Now, as the Colts prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens, Brents is suiting up. He announced that with a post on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself in practice, with the caption, “Free Ju! Activated!”
JuJu Brents will be active against Ravens
Brents, who is from Indianapolis, is an athletic 6-foot-3 corner. His length and athleticism made him a promising prospect after his five-year college career, where he spent his first three seasons at Iowa before finishing with two final years at Kansas State.
While everyone has been waiting for his debut with great anticipation, it couldn’t have come at a better time, as the cornerback position of the Colts has become a big concern. Entering the season, everyone knew the young corners would have to prove themselves, and there have certainly been some struggles through two weeks. With Brents added to the mix, we’ll see if that can change. He likely won’t start, and he is still a rookie, so there may be growing pains, but it’s great that he’ll be on the field getting his journey started.