Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Aaron Colvin has ridden a roller coaster several times in the last 12 months – and we’re not talking amusement parks.
Colvin had a standout career at Oklahoma, where he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors on two occasions. A likely first-round pick, Colvin was invited to the Senior Bowl. That was the good news.
The bad news? He tore his ACL at a Senior Bowl practice.
Then he fell to the fourth round of the draft.
“It was a tough situation, especially right after the injury,” Colvin said on The MoJo Show. “I just had to make the decision to keep battling. Once I finally got my shot in the NFL, (I thought), just do what I do. It’ll all work out in the end, so I’m just happy to be here.”
The Jaguars are happy he’s here, too. Colvin returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown in a 25-24 win over the Giants this past Sunday. Colvin’s score made it 22-21.
It was his first touchdown since high school.
More importantly, the Jaguars got their second win of the season, overcoming a 21-point deficit in the process. Jacksonville allowed 254 yards in the first half but just 75 in the second.
“The first half, we didn’t play up to our abilities,” Colvin said. “(We know) how (good we can be) as a defensive unit. We didn’t feel good going into halftime. So the coaches didn’t really have to say too much. They didn’t have to change too much schematically. We just knew that we needed to pick up our play. We missed too many tackles. We weren’t sitting on routes like we should have. I felt like we did a better job of that in the second half.”
Colvin, who made his NFL debut against Indianapolis on Nov. 23, is still getting acclimated to the pros, but he’s already learned a great deal.
“In the NFL, everybody can play,” he said. “Everybody knows that. But guys are just a lot smarter. So if you’re off just by an inch or just off by a foot, guys can make (plays) – like Eli Manning (did Sunday). So up here, (I have to be) more detailed with the things I have to do. That’s probably the biggest adjustment.”
There will almost certainly be some more ups and downs this year for Colvin – that’s life as a rookie – but the 23-year-old knows how to handle both. He learned that lesson rehabbing his knee.
“It was difficult at times because it was so (monotonous),” Colvin said. “I felt like I was doing the same thing every day. Some days I felt like I wasn’t making any gains. And some days it felt like it was bare-minimum gains. So it was tough just to keep going every day, (but I knew) that the final outcome was going to be good.”
Jacksonville (2-10) is obviously out of the playoff race, but Colvin said that he and his teammates are still taking this season seriously.
“It kind of just makes you reevaluate yourself,” he said. “(It) just kind of makes you think what can you do to help this team win? What can you be better at to allow this team to be at its full potential? When the losses stack up, it can be tough. It really tests your character. It really tests how you approach the game every day. But just being around coach Gus Bradley and this coaching staff, they haven’t allowed us to drag our head. Being with these guys, it makes it a lot smoother. We’ll get it figured out here soon.”
Jacksonville hosts Houston (6-6) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.