Week 8 is a big one around the NFL. It is the last game teams will play before the trade deadline, which is set for November 1st. That will give ownership, the front office and the coaching staffs one last chance to evaluate what they have and see if they can address the needs of the team. Two teams that people will be keeping a close eye on are the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.
Denver came into the season with Super Bowl aspirations but could be sellers ahead of the deadline. They are 2-5 on the season heading into their matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this weekend and some major changes could be on the horizon.
Reports are floating around that if the Broncos lose the game that head coach Nathaniel Hackett could lose his job. Hackett was hired this offseason away from the Green Bay Packers, where he was the offensive coordinator, and it has been a mitigated disaster.
Edge rusher Bradley Chubb will reportedly be traded as well should the team lose. Another player to keep an eye on in the trade market is wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
The No. 15 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft has yet to truly find his footing in the NFL. He has battled injuries on a few occasions and erratic quarterback play has really held him back. Now in his third season in the NFL, he is garnering some attention around the league as a trade candidate.
The Indianapolis Colts are one team that is a possible destination for the former Alabama product. In addition to the Colts, the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were also mentioned as potential suitors.
The Colts aren’t as desperate for help at wide receiver as the other two teams mentioned. Indianapolis has a bonafide No. 1 target in Michael Pittman and rookie Alec Pierce has been coming on in recent weeks. That is a solid 1-2 punch for new starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger to work with.
But, both of those players seem to operate best on the perimeter. Adding a slot presence as talented as Jeudy could really help take this passing offense to another level. Being a threat through the air should open things up for Jonathan Taylor on the ground as well, as the Colts have struggled to open up rushing lanes for him.