Inside Scoop: Rosevelt Colvin

Rosevelt Colvin (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Houston Texans signed former New England Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin Tuesday. To find out what kind of player the Texans are actually getting, BattleRedNation.com talked to Patriots team expert and publisher of Patriots Insider, Jon Scott, who was kind enough to give us an in depth scouting report of Colvin.

Rosevelt Colvin has played outside linebacker for the Patriots the past five seasons since joining the team as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2003. Selected in the fourth-round (111th overall) in the 1999 draft, Colvin spent his first four seasons playing for the Chicago Bears in their "monsters of the midway" defense as a pass rush specialist.

Though Colvin barely saw much action as a rookie or even in his second season, his third (2001) and fourth (2002) seasons in Chicago are when he established a reputation for getting after the quarterback. He amassed 10.5 sacks each year adding 59 and 55 solo tackles respectively. Things weren't quite so rosy in New England.

Colvin's first season as a Patriot was a forgetful one. He participated in just two games before landing on injured reserve with a hip injury that he never fully recovered from until the season after. His second year in Foxboro the team went back to the Super Bowl, yet this time instead of being a bystander, Colvin was more of a factor, registering over 30 tackles and five sacks.

It wasn't until Colvin's third year in New England's 3-4 defense (2005) that he "got it." The light went on for Colvin who finally turned in the type of season the Patriots envisioned when they signed him to a big contract in 2003. Colvin recorded seven sacks and 60 tackles (40 solo) as he worked his way into a starting role. He built upon that season in 2006, when he again led the team in sacks with 8.5, starting 15 games for just the second time in his career.

What Colvin does well:
Gets to the passer by beating the offensive tackle off the snap. He can use body lean, or a couple of moves to get position on bigger, slower linemen. Though he had troubles against top tier talent at times, Colvin's motor almost never quit. His relentless pursuit of the ball when the game was on the line was a trait many Patriots fans came to appreciate.

What he doesn't do so well:
Hold the point of attack against a strong ground game. It's not that Rosie is small, but when the play was designed to go right at him, he had less of an impact than other outside linebackers in the Patriots defense. He was a bear when the play goes away from him, but when it goes toward him, many times, it's as if he becomes engulfed by the play as the ball carrier rolls past.

What he offers another team:

A situational pass rusher who CAN play standard defense. His foot injury may be a concern for his next team. Durability is the question, and if he can show he has it, then he brings a significant boost in talent at the outside linebacker position. Anyone who thinks Colvin signed on to teach a bunch of rookies how to rush the passer needs to adjust their thinking. Colvin feels he can play, and when healthy, he certainly can.

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