The Jacksonville Jaguars may get to see rookie cornerback Aaron Colvin on the field a lot sooner than they expected -- with a possible start date being late November.
According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Colvin has already been cleared to run full speed and could begin practicing with the team as early as next week. With that timetable, his eligibility would put him in line for a November 23rd NFL debut against the Indianapolis Colts.
That'd be five possible (and very probable) games for Colvin headed into the offseason, and a good amount of tape for the Jaguars staff to evaluate him and see what they got in the fourth round of last year's draft.
Colvin has spent this year on the non-football injury list due to a torn ACL he suffered at a Senior Bowl practice in January. The former Oklahoma Sooners defensive back was devastated with the long-term injury just months before the NFL Draft.
But he said that Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was more than encouraging -- pulling Colvin aside at the NFL Scouting Combine and telling him, "We're gonna come get you."
Starting Colvin this year, even for the last four or five games, needs to happen. This coaching staff doesn't need one more player next offseason where they're limited in what they know about him.
Plus, with a cornerbacks group that includes Alan Ball, Demetrius McCray, Dwayne Gratz, and Will Blackmon, it might be worth it to try Colvin -- who played strong safety at Oklahoma -- at free safety and see how he does.
"You can’t really tell until you’re out there going against a receiver," Colvin told O'Halloran. "You can do all of the drills against air, but it doesn’t matter. But I feel my confidence is the exact same [as before the injury]. I feel I can go out there and compete against anybody."