Recap: Last week, the Colts ended a four-game losing streak with a resounding victory over the Carolina Panthers. Now the club headed south to Jacksonville looking to end the season on a positive note. Playing the Jaguars on the road, be it Florida or London, had been a nightmare for this team in recent years and Sunday was no different. And Frank Reich’s team actually owned a 20-13 lead late in the second quarter. But the Colts would be blanked in the second half and were outscored 25-0 the rest of the contest. Jacoby Brissett struggled mightily, connecting on less than half of his passes (12-of-25), was sacked three times and lost a pair of costly fumbles in the fourth quarter.
Draft Talk: Indianapolis owns the No. 13 pick in the first round come late April. The team also has a pair of second-round picks thanks to a trade with the Washington Redskins. Will the team invest in a quarterback somewhere in the early stages of the process? The Colts could also use some help for a secondary that slumped down the stretch.
Offseason Priorities: General manager Chris Ballard has done masterful work in recent years upgrading the roster. Last offseason, his most significant moves during the offseason was re-signing the club’s top performers while adding pass-rusher Justin Houston. But how does this organization really feel about Brissett’s long-term future?
Recap: The Silver and Black was still mathematically alive for a wild card berth when they took the field on Sunday at Denver. Jon Gruden’s team was also in position to sweep the Broncos for the first time since 2014. Oakland’s offense was shackled for most of the game and limited to three Daniel Carlson three field goals for the first 59:53 of the contest. With seven seconds to play, quarterback Derek Carr found rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow for a three-yard score and it looked like it would be overtime in the Mile High City. Eliminated from the playoffs by that time, Jon Gruden opted to go for the win but Carr’s two-point conversion attempt wasn’t meant to be.
Draft Talk: The team is still very amply armed with lots of selections in the first two days of the draft. The Raiders have a pair of first-round choices and three third-round picks while their second-rounder belongs to the Bears. Gruden and Mike Mayock did well last April in securing a lot of promising talent and the improvement was evident.
Offseason Priorities: The Raiders always seem to have plenty of cap space and next year doesn’t appear to be any different. Two of the team’s more productive defenders – cornerback Daryl Worley and safety Karl Joseph – are slated for free agency next spring. Look for the club to continue to focus on youth, primarily on the defensive side.
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