Aaron Colvin's last few days have been "overwhelming," according to him. After learning all that he's been through, "overwhelming" doesn't feel like a severe enough description.
Last Tuesday, the cornerback was released by the Texans following a rough performance on Monday Night Football. Then, on Friday, Colvin signed with the Redskins. And on Sunday, the 27-year-old actually suited up for Washington's game against Dallas, wearing a number he hated and going through warmups that were completely foreign to him.
So, even though he didn't register a snap at FedEx Field, still forgive him for looking a little winded as he recounted his past week to reporters on Monday.
"I really don't even know how to put it into words," he said. "To be honest, it was somewhat of a relief. But it was disappointing and kind of embarrassing. It was all part of the process."
The defensive back's tenure in Houston started with a loaded contract in 2018 but ended in an early-season cut in 2019. The Burgundy and Gold picked him up because Fabian Moreau and Quinton Dunbar are dealing with injuries, giving him a chance at reviving his reputation.
"It was just a tough fit for me," Colvin said. "I'll just say that. It didn't work out, I don't think it was the right fit. Very thankful for that opportunity, but it was time."
"A year and a half ago, I was considered this really good player in the league," he added. "Just want to get back to being me, playing free, having fun, I just want to smile again when I'm on the field. I miss that part of it."
Whether Colvin turns out to be a serious contributor or just a temporary addition remains to be seen. After all, this is a guy who was just given a locker, hasn't practiced yet and was still referring to many of his new teammates by their numbers as opposed to their names.
However, Colvin and the Redskins defense already have one major thing in common: they're facing adversity. For what it's worth, he thinks he can add a little perspective.
"I just want to bring life," he explained. "In Houston last year, we started 0-3. We came back and went on a nine-game run and went to the playoffs. I've seen it done before."
So, how can Greg Manusky's group get that process started?
"I think it's accountability and I think it's having an identity," he said. "You have to know who you are first and foremost every time you step on that field. The second part of that is holding each other to that standard."
Now that his wild weekend is behind him, Colvin is ready to get back to work. He's currently set up in a hotel and he anticipates being joined by his wife and his six-month-old soon.
There's one thing that's really bothering him about his situation, however, and it's the digits on his uniform. Colvin is No. 47 for the Redskins. He'd truly rather be anything else.
"Worst I've ever felt," he said.
Later, with a laugh, Colvin delivered the punchline when talking about how he intends to purchase a new number if that's what it takes.
"I still got some money left over from Houston."
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