3 instant reactions to the Jaguars’ Week 1 win against the Colts

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The Jaguars’ Rookies Looked Very Good

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be relying a lot on their rookies this season. In Week 1 these rookies were fantastic despite having a lot of responsibility being put a lot on the shoulders of the young core.

Each rookie with substantial playing time had at least one big play. This draft class may be one of the best draft classes in Jaguar history. On both sides of the football, Jacksonville had young rookies making great plays.

On the offensive side of the football, Laviska Shenault Jr and James Robinson were phenomenal in their debut. As expected, the Jaguars used Shenault in a variety of ways. However, it was a 15-yard that would ultimately be the highlight of the day for the rookie.

Undrafted rookie running back James Robinson also had a very strong start to his career. His top play would be a 27-yard reception where he hurdled over Colts safety Kahri Willis. Check out the play below:

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On defense, the rookies did very well as well. Rookie edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson had an interception taken away after a defensive holding call on DJ Hayden. However, he did make a key tackle in coverage on a Colts swing pass in the red-zone.

Although Chaisson was solid, rookie CJ Henderson stole the show. For a majority of the game, Henderson was facing the Colts’ top receiver in T.Y. Hilton. On the final Colts drive, it was Henderson on a pass break up to seal the victory for Jacksonville. Henderson also came away with his first career interception in his debut.