Colvin Rejoins Active Roster, Gratz the Odd Man Out
Colvin amassed seven pass breakups, 73 tackles and four sacks in 2015 as a starter opposite free agent signee Davon House. The Jaguars hope to utilize Colvin as a slot corner in the nickel package, featuring rookie cover man Jalen Ramsey and veteran corner Prince Amukamara on the outside. Colvin was successful in that role last season and amassed his impressive sack total in nickel blitzes from the slot.
With Colvin back in the lineup, House will likely find himself on the bench once again after drawing numerous flags for defensive holding and pass interference this season. The former Green Bay Packers’ fourth-round pick could see an end to his tenure in Jacksonville as a cap casualty ($6.00 million cap hit in 2016) this offseason if he cannot earn playing time.
Colvin’s return also signaled the departure of Dwayne Gratz, a third-round pick in 2013 for the Jaguars. Gratz was burnt frequently when targeted in coverage this season and found himself inactive versus the Colts in Week 4 as a consequence of his failures. Former Purdue Boilmaker and CFL standout Josh Johnson surpassed Gratz on the depth chart after making a number of plays as the fourth corner on the roster during Colvin’s absence. Johnson eventually leapt over House as well after House committed a number of damaging penalties when targeted in coverage.