Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin has largely been a forgotten man in a season which many would like to forget.
Colvin began the season on the Jaguars' PUP list before finally getting his opportunity on Sunday, which he certainly cashed in. Marked with the difficult task of defending New York's Odell Beckham, Jr., Colvin held his own as much as anyone really can by keeping him out of the end zone and of he made one of the biggest plays in the team's comeback victory as he picked up a Larry Donnell fumble and raced down the sidelines to give the Jaguars their first lead, 22-21.
“It felt great," Colvin explained after the game. "It kind of just brought me back a little and opened my eyes that everything paid off. It took me a lot to get here; 11 months of rehab. The first game, there’s always going to be growing pains, but I harp on myself to get better and come back the next week and make plays. For that to happen, I’ve got to give all glory to God.”
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley spoke about the long road back for Colvin.
“A lot of our guys have faced difficulties during the season," Bradley said. "Sometimes it’s little things like a tight hamstring or something like that. Maybe it gets the best of them a little bit. Maybe it takes their spirit a little bit, and then you look over at Aaron Colvin and every day he was working out and he was excited. He couldn’t compete with the rest of the guys but he was competing over there. I think they saw his mentality and how consistent he was every day, and then to see something good like that happen for him it was really genuine and they were really excited for him.”
When asked about staying up despite not playing, Colvin explained that he had to maintain an even keel.
“I never let emotion get involved," Colvin said. "After my (torn) ACL happened, I kind of got numb to a lot of stuff. It made me grow a lot more patient and allowed me to put all my trust in God. With (the touchdown) happening, it was a great feeling. Everything paid off. I had a smile on my face the whole day. Everything was surreal.”
With the Jaguars having a rash of injuries in the secondary, positive plays and positively graded out players have been few and far in between. It appears that Colvin might have found a niche playing in the slot.
“He’s done a nice job," Bradley said. "We go by the impact he has on the game and sometimes you see the total number of plays that you’re in. He had a big impact now. There were multiple times where Eli went back and was going to try and hit the slot. By the way he played it it took that read away and he went to the other side, so you saw him have an impact in that way. His grade was close to every four plays he had an impact on the game, and that’s really difficult to do at the nickel position. It’s pretty cool to see how he’s come along.”
There hasn't been much to smile about this season for the Jaguars, but Aaron Colvin may be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.
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