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3 players who must step up for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3


The Indianapolis Colts are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a big Week 3 matchup for both teams. Both teams enter this week’s matchup with a 1-1 record. For the Colts, this week could set the tone for the rest of their season.

After a tough Week 1 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Colts rebounded nicely for a division win over the Tennessee Titans. The Falcons are going to present a new challenge, especially for the defense. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are going to be tough to stop and the Falcons also have a defense with plenty of players capable of making big-time plays.

All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three Colts players who need to step up this week.

3. Parris Campbell, Wide Receiver

First up, the Colts are going to need rookie wideout Parris Campbell to come through with a solid game. After the injury to Devin Funchess, Campbell saw some action last week and caught his first career touchdown pass. Against the Falcons, the Colts need Campbell to relieve pressure off of T.Y. Hilton.

Jacoby Brissett is a great talent, but the Falcons are going to come after him with heavy pressure this week. Campbell offers the Colts’ offense a lot of speed and the ability to get open quickly, which could come into play this week.

2. Malik Hooker, Safety

Speaking of Julio Jones, the Colts are going to need Malik Hooker to provide top-notch help over the top for their cornerbacks. There is no team that can lock down Jones by playing man coverage. That makes the safeties critical to slowing down the Atlanta offense.

Hooker has shown signs of being a star. He had an incredible one-handed interception in Week 1 against the Chargers. This week, he has a new test ahead of him, and the Colts cannot afford for him to make mistakes.

1. Eric Ebron, Tight End

Finally, Eric Ebron had a lot of hype surrounding him coming into the season. After a huge first year with the Colts, the first two games have been a major letdown.

Ebron has caught just four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown this season. Indianapolis needs a big game from Ebron this week to take pressure off of Brissett. Atlanta has some good linebackers, but it’s time for Ebron to live up to the hype and come through with a big performance.