Colts looking to avoid being swept by the Jaguars

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nothing screams Week 17 NFL football like two teams that aren't going to the playoffs playing each other. The Indianapolis Colts will miss the playoffs for the second straight season and the Jacksonville Jaguars fired their coach, Gus Bradley, the week before last.

The last time the Colts and Jaguars met was in Week 4 across the pond in London when Jacksonville won its first game -- 30- 27. The Jaguars have only won two games since.

Here are six Jacksonville players to watch, courtesy of ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco:


QB Blake Bortles: One week after playing the worst game of his career in a loss to Houston, Bortles had his best performance of the season in the Jaguars' 38-17 victory over Tennessee. He threw for 325 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass, but also didn't turn the ball over. It was the first time in his career the Jaguars had won a game in which he threw for more than 300 yards. They were 0-10 before last Saturday. This doesn't mean Bortles is fixed. He still has a lot of work to do to clean up the mechanics that slipped this season. Depending on which head coach takes over, this could be Bortles' last game as the Jaguars' starting quarterback.

RB Corey Grant: Never heard of him? That's okay considering he's played very little in his two seasons. He signed in 2015 as an undrafted rookie and made the team as a kick returner because of his blazing speed (4.25 in the 40 at his pro day). He has just 20 carries in his career, and nine of those came against the Titans last week, when he was forced into action because of injuries to T.J. Yeldon (ankle), Chris Ivory (hamstring) and Denard Robinson (ankle). Yeldon was placed on IR this week, and Ivory and Robinson might not be healthy enough to play, so Grant might get the bulk of the work against the Colts.

WR Allen Robinson: It has been a disappointing season for Robinson, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015 after catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns. He has 68 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns and had his best day of the season against the Titans, catching nine passes for 147 yards. The Jaguars moved Robinson around a bit and lined him up off the line of scrimmage -- something he hadn't done all season -- to get him free and keep DBs from jamming him at the line of scrimmage. Expect that to continue against the Colts.


CB Jalen Ramsey: The fifth overall pick has played his best football over the past two weeks, breaking up five passes and intercepting two more -- including a pick-six against the Titans. Ramsey broke up a pair of passes to DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone two weeks ago and recorded the first interception of his career. He shadowed T.Y. Hilton in the first meeting and will draw him again on Sunday.

DT Sen'Derrick Marks: Malik Jackson signed a big-money deal and took over as the starting three-technique tackle, which means Marks has been a backup for the first time in his career. He doesn't like it, but that hasn't kept him from playing well: seven tackles for loss, three sacks, seven quarterback hits.

MLB Paul Posluszny: Posluszny has not had a drop-off in production despite turning 32 in October. He's still the Jaguars' leading tackler (127) and has been solid in coverage. He's been effective as a blitzer, too. However, fired coach Gus Bradley was his biggest supporter, and Posluszny isn't sure whether he'll be back in Jacksonville next season. He said he's playing this game with the idea it'll be his last in a Jaguars uniform.