The Jacksonville Jaguars spent the off-season upgrading the defense. One player eager to get back on the field must finish serving his NFL suspension first before rejoining the team.
With Aaron Colvin serving a 4 game suspension (PED use) to start the NFL season the Jaguars are a little thin at the corner back position. This showed in last week’s contest against the San Diego Chargers when Prince Amukamara went down and sat out with a hamstring injury.
Normally this wouldn’t be a problem because this is where Colvin would come in and play the nickel corner position. However because of his suspension the Jags turned to Dwayne Gratz and at one point to Paul Posluszny to cover the slot receivers. Philip Rivers took advantage of this matchup lighting up the defense for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. Colvin isn’t the only reason the Jags got torched last week but I feel he is missed
Originally drafted out of Oklahoma in the 4th round of the 2014 draft. Colvin played in all 16 games last season and started 15. He finished with 73 tackles, 7 pass defended and a forced fumble. Colvin is also used effectively in blitzing situations finishing second on the team last season with 4 sacks. While he hasn’t had an interception in his NFL career he has shown the ability to make game changing plays.
Colvin will have to sit out the next two more games against the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts before rejoining the team for its week 5 bye. Having that bye week in between games will help Colvin ease back into football. This extra time should help him be ready for week 6 against the Chicago Bears.
While he has yet to play a snap in 2016, one thing is for sure Colvin’s presence is surly missed. As the season unfolds look for Colvin to come back and help add stability to the corner back position.