Jamie Collins is back in New England, as according to reports the 2013 second-round pick is back with the team that drafted him after two and a half seasons away.
Things didn’t end on the best of terms when Collins was shipped out of town in a deal with the Browns at the trade deadline in 2016. The linebacker wasn’t buying into the defense and often times was doing his own thing, which went against what was called. Some also questioned his effort in a few games prior to the trade.
Collins was one of the most gifted linebackers in the game at the time and was rewarded with a four-year, $50 million contract from the Browns the offseason following the trade. But, things didn’t exactly work out, as Collins was released prior to free agency this March.
Still on the open market, the Patriots figured why not take a shot on the 29-year-old, as it likely won’t cost them much at all. And like was previously mentioned, Collins is one of the most athletic linebackers in all of football.
This stint will be different than his first with the team. During his first tenure, he along with Dont’a Hightower were among the leaders and best players in the Patriots front-seven. Now, Collins won’t be tasked with any of that. He’s likely looking at more of a situational role, and that could be the best thing for him.
Collins still has something left in the tank as he played in all 16 games last year and finished with 104 tackles and four sacks, along with four passes defensed. He’s likely not going to be asked to play every down, and some games he may play more than others, but the Patriots coaching staff are masters of putting its players in positions to succeed.
Another thing to note is his positional coach will be Jerod Mayo, one of his former teammates. This should be viewed as a good thing, as Mayo has a good idea of what kind of player and person he’s working with and should help with getting the most out of him.
One of the biggest things that led to him being dealt a few years ago was his inability to buy in. Now, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, he will be in attendance at the voluntary offseason workout program Thursday.
If he’s already attending voluntary offseason workouts, he seems to be well on his way to making the most of his second chance with the Patriots.