26-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Collins is one of the NFL's most versatile and explosive talents, possessing the skill set to push for All-Pro status as either an off-ball linebacker or a defensive end. His role with the Patriots is...
Jamie Collins Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal with the Patriots in May of 2013.
Collins (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Collins' strong finish to his 2013 rookie season carried into last year as one of the league's top young linebackers. Big (6-3, 250) but extremely athletic, Collins not only excels at traditional linebacker tasks, but he's also a good edge rusher. Jerod Mayo's return from a season-ending knee injury could cost him tackles, but likely not enough to downgrade him.
Collins came to New England as an edge defender, but the Patriots turned the second-round pick into an effective all-around linebacker by the end of his rookie season. Playing roughly a quarter of New England's snaps, Collins finished with 43 tackles (24 solo). With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, it would seem that Collins should approach or exceed triple-digit tackles. His pass-rushing skills should get a longer look this year too, as he posted 10 sacks during his final year at Southern Mississippi. Collins' upside might be a bit limited by the presences of Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower, however.
Collins is an explosive athlete who could turn into a rushing threat off the edge. He'll need some polishing though and figures to back up Jerod Mayo out of the gate, though it's possible he could also factor in on sub packages as a pass-rushing DE.