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Aaron Colvin returns from suspension


JACKSONVILLE – The wait was long, and now it's over.

The last part was Aaron Colvin's focus Tuesday – that, and what he plans to accomplish now that he is back where he feels he belongs.

That place is playing cornerback for the Jaguars, which is what he hasn't been able to do during the first four weeks of the 2016 regular season. Colvin spent that time serving a suspension under the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Colvin returned to the Jaguars Tuesday.

"I feel like money," Colvin said. "'I'm feeling like a million dollars. I'm ready to go."

Colvin, a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, started 15 games last season at cornerback and played at a high level in training camp and preseason when he worked mostly as a nickel corner. He will rejoin a secondary that is playing well and a defense that is ranked sixth in the NFL in total yards – fifth in passing yards allowed.

"We'll have a lot of competition taking place," Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday. "We had a good idea what he could bring seeing him in training camp. He's in great shape and ready to go."

The Jaguars are deeper at cornerback this season than past seasons, with rookie Jalen Ramsey and veteran Davon House starting and free-agent Prince Amukamara having played extensively in Weeks 1 and 4.

"I know that I can bring an element to this secondary that's already playing at a high level," Colvin said. "I'm just excited to get back with these guys and do anything and everything I can to help them. … My impressions are the secondary is playing good, and it's really tight coverage. When guys are making catches they have defenders right on them.

"I plan on coming in and making an impact and putting us over the hump."

Colvin said he spent the past four weeks working with sports trainer/secondary specialist Ronnie Braxton in Dallas, Texas. Braxton also works with players such as Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib in the offseason.

Colvin wasn't permitted contact with Jaguars coaches or access to game-plan information during his suspension. He said he watched Jaguars games on television to break down the defense.

"I worked my [butt] off every single day – like it was practice or like it was a game," Colvin said. "There wasn't a day I took off."

Colvin said in no way does he feel he will be behind because of his absence.

"I anticipate being ahead," he said. "I was able to watch. I was able to sit there and really dissect every single thing that was going on."

Colvin joked that his absence felt like a year rather than a month.

"I'm in here hugging guys like I haven't seen them in a decade," Colvin said. "It feels good just to be around. These are my brothers."

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