RTC: Josh Evans ready for role

September, 27, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everything changed pretty quickly for Jaguars rookie safety Josh Evans.

One second he's on the sideline as the team's sixth defensive back. The next he's running onto the field to replace the team's most experienced player in the secondary against one of the game's top young quarterbacks. He didn't have time to think about the transition.

"I had to go in and compete," he told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Evans will likely have that same role against Indianapolis on Sunday because safety Dwight Lowery is still suffering the effects from the concussion he suffered against Seattle last Sunday. He's spent all week practicing as one of the two starting safeties, though, so he's had time to adjust to what he has to do and feels more prepared for the additional playing time than when he ran onto the field after Lowery's injury last week.

“I’m excited to show what I can do," said Evans, who had seven tackles but missed an interception against the Seahawks. "I’ve got to go out and put it on film and be patient, be calm and don’t overthink things and play ball."

Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web:

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he can report with "about 90 percent confidence" that rookie Ace Sanders will be the punt returner on Sunday. If that happens, it'll be the first time this season that he will have done the job for which the Jaguars drafted him. Cornerback Will Blackmon, whom the team signed on Aug. 28, has returned punts in the first three games.

T-U columnist Gene Frenette writes that the Jaguars' troubles on first down -- they have had zero or negative yardage on 40 of 78 first downs -- is what's killing the offense.

NFL.com's Adam Rank writes that Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is a good player to pick up and stash this week in your fantasy league. Blackmon serves the final game of a four-game suspension on Sunday and will return against the Rams the following weekend.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: mailbag; Denard Robinson gets his position changed from OW to WR; the weekly Double Coverage feature in which ESPN NFL Colts reporter Mike Wells and I break down the matchup; the stat of the week, which highlights Maurice Jones-Drew's dominance of the Colts throughout his career.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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