Ace Sanders heard the news early this week. Told he would be returning punts Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, assuming the role four games into the regular season, the rookie from South Carolina responded intuitively. "Let’s go," he said. And indeed he will. Sanders, a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft from South Carolina, started at wide receiver for the Jaguars in the first three games of the regular season, but Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley confirmed on Friday that he will indeed return punts against the Colts Sunday.
Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon was out of work a month ago.Now, he’s the Jaguars’ leading cornerback in terms of snaps played this season.Blackmon was cut by Seattle on Aug. 27. He signed with the Jaguars a day later."I was excited just to be on a roster," Blackmon said.He’s more than a name on the roster now. Blackmon has started the last two games for the Jaguars in place of injured rookie Dwayne Gratz, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the opener against Kansas City.
Trent Richardson scored on his first carry with the Indianapolis Colts, a successful debut that came after just two practices with his new team. Now, after a week of work, he's facing the perfect defense to help make a big day happen. The Jaguars (0-3) rank last in the NFL in rushing defense, giving up 168 yards a game. It could make for a long afternoon against the Colts (2-1), who suddenly have one of the top backfield tandems in the league with veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and the newly acquired Richardson. "Ahmad Bradshaw took a big load off of me," Richardson said. "Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, the offensive line, it's a big load being taken off of me. When you don't have to play from behind, you can really get the touches that you really want. We've got a two-headed monster. It's crazy."