Colvin to Make First Start of 2016 vs Bears
The Jacksonville sports-media scene has been abuzz this past week with the potential impact of the return of slot corner Aaron Colvin to the /nfl/nfc-north/chicago-bears/” rel=””>Chicago Bears after the conclusion of his four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s PED policy.
The Oklahoma product started 15 games for the Jaguars in 2015, working on the outside opposite free agent signee Davon House in the base defense, but sliding into the slot in the nickel package. Colvin was responsible for the fourth-down pass deflection that sealed the win for the Jaguars versus the
While Colvin demonstrated solid coverage ability in his second pro season, the most impressive aspect of his game, thus far, has been his blitzing ability from the slot. The former fourth-round pick recorded four sacks in 2015, one of which resulted in a fumble recovered for a touchdown.
Last season, Colvin’s sack total was second on the team, behind only strong-side end Jared Odrick, who recorded five and a half sacks a year ago. In all honesty, that says at least as much about the Jaguars’ struggles rushing the passer than Colvin’s talent, but a sack total of that size from a defensive back is impressive nonetheless.
Colvin’s skill-set adds another medium for first-year defensive coordinator Todd Wash to get after the quarterback. The Jaguars have already had success rushing the passer this season with rookie LEO Yannick Ngakoue recording three sacks in his first four games, which is equivalent to the total that starting weak-side end Chris Clemons recorded in all of 2015. While Colvin is in no way going to immediately elevate the Jaguars’ pass rush to an elite level, he will add another dimension to the defense that Josh Johnson, though he played well in the slot, could not provide. The Jaguars were able to get after Andrew Luck in Week 4 and that should translate to Week 6 versus the Bears, especially if Colvin is incorporated into the pass rush.
Facing a Brian Hoyer-led Bears’ offense in Week 6, Colvin will also be key in run support versus a talented and burgeoning backfield in Chicago that gave trouble to a leaky Colts’ defense a week ago.
With Jalen Ramsey, Prince Amukamara and Colvin in the rotation in nickel, House will warm the bench on an overcast day at Soldier field after starting 19 games for the Jaguars since 2015. With House’s substantial cap number of $6 million–per Spotrac–for the remainder of his contract, the former Green Bay Packer could find himself on the street once again should general manager Dave Caldwell want to open extra cap space this offseason, especially with the surprisingly solid play of free agent acquisition Josh Johnson.
The Jaguars kick off versus the Bears in Chicago at 1 PM EST today.