Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CB Colvin Now Fixture in Jags' Lineup; Second-Year Player Overcomes ACL Injury, Is Drawing Praise

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CB Colvin Now Fixture in Jags' Lineup; Second-Year Player Overcomes ACL Injury, Is Drawing Praise

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Byline: Vito Stellino

One the toughest decisions NFL teams have to make during the draft is selecting a player who falls because of injury issues.

If the player overcomes the injuries, the team gets good value. If he never realizes his potential because of the injuries, the team could be wasting a draft pick.

The Jaguars took that gamble with wide receiver Marqise Lee in the second round of the 2014 draft, and the jury is still out as Lee struggles with hamstring issues.

They've been far more successful with 2014 fourth-round pick Aaron Colvin, who was available only because he tore his ACL at a Senior Bowl practice while playing for coach Gus Bradley's South team.

The injury limited Colvin to playing in the final six games last year - his debut was against the Colts, whom the Jaguars play on Sunday - playing in the nickel and starting the season finale.

Colvin has recovered from his ACL tear and is now a fixture in the starting lineup at cornerback - possibly the team's No. 1 corner - alongside veteran free agent Davon House, who has had some injury issues.

Colvin played in 66 of 68 defensive snaps against Miami two weeks ago and all 81 snaps at New England last week. He was one of three defensive players to play every defensive snap, along with linebackers Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith.

"It's rewarding that they put the trust in me to play every snap," Colvin said.

With his size (he's 6-foot, 186 pounds) and physical style of play, Colvin has the ability to play the press coverage in the Jaguars' style of defense.

He also has the versatility to move inside to cover the slot receiver on passing downs so he stays on the field for every play.

"Very pleased, very pleased with Colvin," Bradley said.

Defensive coordinator Bob Babich said he noticed a big difference in Colvin's play this year. …

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