Indianapolis Colts followers who have been nervous as soon as the Tennessee Titans traded for Julio Jones had each proper to be.
Jones is arguably one of the best receiver within the sport when he’s wholesome and would’ve been a reasonably spot-on acquisition for the Colts, who’re in dire want of a No. 1 choice within the passing sport.
On prime of that, the Titans offense simply received a little bit bit stronger. Jones will now stand reverse AJ Brown, who already destroys the Colts’ secondary, whereas Derrick Henry will as soon as once more lead the league’s most fearsome dashing assault. It definitely doesn’t really feel nice.
However do you belief in Vegas? If not, you most likely ought to. Even after the Titans traded for Jones in what was already a neck-and-neck race with the Colts for supremacy within the AFC South, Indy continues to be favored to win the division.
Vegas is betting on the Colts to win the AFC South regardless of the Titans’ energy strikes.
Possibly there was a cause basic supervisor Chris Ballard was seeming advantageous with letting Jones waltz to the Titans? In any case, Tennessee did lose two key weapons in Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith. It’s not just like the Colts are going to have an additional physique to cowl.
Moreover, have you ever seen Xavier Rhodes’ career numbers towards Jones? One other yr of him in Matt Eberflus’ system will yield higher outcomes, too. What else? Kenny Moore locking down the slot. Improved security play from Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon. These will all be a part of the recipe.
The only issue is who will start opposite Rhodes, which might pose a problem, but when Indy wants to repair that earlier than the commerce deadline, Ballard and Co. possible will if the staff is contending.
Additionally, Ryan Tannehill has to have the ability to throw to ball to Jones … if he’s in a position to eliminate it towards the Colts’ entrance seven. DeForest Buckner can be again to blowing up the inside whereas hopes remain high for Kwity Paye to disrupt on the sting. Grover Stewart, Tyquan Lewis and Bobby Okereke ought to all take steps ahead. Possibly a rebound season from Kemoko Turay? A powerful rookie marketing campaign from Dayo Odeyingbo when he returns from damage?
The Colts’ protection is ferocious and relentless. A secondary stuffed with playmakers and a entrance seven comprised of tanks ought to play a task in limiting Jones, and that’s most likely why Vegas is trusting Indy to get the job accomplished in 2021.