LB - FA
The Indianapolis Colts have released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson Thursday.
After three seasons in Indianapolis, the Colts cut Jackson Thursday. He was a leader on and off the field. However, his reputation in the locker room was tarnished when he received a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy and missed the final four games of the 2016 campaign as a result. Jackson will likely make his way on to a roster this offseason, but he may have to wait until training camp to find a new home.
The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly released veteran inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.
Going on 34 and coming off a four-game suspension, the team releasing Jackson was expected for quite some time. Jackson was a reliable IDP asset for years, especially in tackle-heavy leagues, but he won't likely find a team willing to give him as many snaps as he saw with the Colts. The release opens up the possibility of linebacker Edwin Jackson or Antonio Morrison taking on an increased role in the middle of the defense.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is suspended for the team's next four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jackson's absence will hinder the performance of an already suspect Colts defense. Indianapolis' D/ST is ranked 26th in fantasy scoring with 69 points and only average 5.8 FPPG. They are not a reliable option for the fantasy playoffs that begin in Week 14.
Blake Bortles played well enough to win, going 28 of 50 for 298 yards with one touchdown. Rookie T.J. Yeldon ran 22 times for 105 yards. Allen Hurns caught a career high 11 passes for a season-high 116 yards and one TD. But Jaguars kicker Jason Myers blew it.
NFL leader in tackles D'Qwell Jackson continued playing the way he has all year with 17 tackles and one TFL. The Colts did struggle to get off the field at times but they were still able to keep points off the board and force Jacksonville to kick field goals. Colts have a quick turnaround playing on Thursday night in Houston.
Jackson recorded 3 solo tackles and 2 assists in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos.
Sunday's game was a disappointment for a usually solid IDP. Jackson's tackle numbers should rebound into LB2 territory, and he should get plenty of opportunities against the Eagles in Week 2.