Moments after he signed a free agent deal with the Texans, cornerback Aaron Colvin was ecstatic about the future.
The 26-year old listed off a slew of reasons--money aside--for choosing the Texans, citing an "opportunity to really showcase" who he is, to "get used in different situations", as well as a love for the City of Houston.
But make no mistake: Colvin was also drawn to the Texans because of their defensive personnel and leadership, and how he thinks he'll fit. He emphasized how flexible he can be as a defensive back, despite being described as a 'slot corner'.
"I hear that a lot," Colvin said. "I'm a good slot corner. I'm one of the better slot corners in the NFL. I'm thankful for that. I'm very appreciative of that. But I don't want to be put in a box. I don't want to be labeled as that. I can play anything in the secondary. I firmly believe that, and I plan to prove that."
Colvin, who started 25 games in four years with the Jaguars, has a familiarity with the Texans after playing them twice a season. Seeing them up close, and knowing Romeo Crennel is coordinating the defense, proved to be enticing.
"He has a resume of winning," Colvin said. "He's been to Super Bowls. He's coached great defenses and he knows what it looks like. I'm just really excited to let him coach me, let him make me great and to really be able to help this team. I'm very excited for this team. There's great players all around, and I expect to be elveated being with them."
The likes of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus up front made Colvin pause.
"Man, you've gotta take a deep breath when you say those names," Colvin said. "You've got those guys, and you can't forget about Whitney. Those guys make plays. That's what they're known for. I just plan to lock my guy up, win my 1-on-1 battles, and give those guys a chance to get sacks and strip-sacks and make plays."
Colvin and the Texans will begin the offseason conditioning program on April 16.