2. Aaron Colvin, Cornerback
Last season was a complete bust for cornerback Aaron Colvin, who was a free agent signing following four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In ’18, Colvin had just one pass defensed, played in 10 games and made just two starts.
Colvin didn’t receive a ranking from Pro Football Focus in ’18, but he did have a grade of 52.2 as he played in 317 snaps, including 226 coverage snaps.
OurLads.com has Colvin listed as the starting right cornerback with 2018 second-round draft pick Lonnie Johnson Jr. listed as the second RCB on the roster. Looking back to a game from last season, in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck and his offense targeted Colvin 12 times when he was on defense. The Colts receivers caught 10 passes for 111 yards in those receptions.
In ’18, Colvin allowed 9.3 yards per reception as a cornerback with 117 yards after catch and two touchdowns. That type of performance could be compared to how fellow Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph allowed 51 receptions on 89 targets for a 57.3 competition percentage. In those receptions, Joseph allowed 181 yards after catch and two touchdowns.
The reason Colvin could be on the roster bubble is because he had a subpar season a year ago, and with him on the books for $7.5 million in base salary, according to spotrac.com. What could keep him on the team is the cap hit the Texans would take with Colvin being a $8,656,250 cap hit, along with him also being $10.5 million in dead cap space.
It would take a very poor training camp and preseason for Colvin to be released, but if he doesn’t produce this season, the numbers for cap space would drop to $2 million. This seems to be a make or break year for the cornerback with Houston, but the monetary loss could be worth it if Colvin’s play isn’t up to par with the rest of the secondary.
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