IDP Analysis: New Role for Collins

IDP Analysis: New Role for Collins

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

RISING

Christian Kirksey, (3-4) ILB, GB

Kirksey returned from IR to step back into the starting lineup against the Jaguars on Sunday, and in his return he played every snap for the Green Bay defense. That would seem to answer any questions about the state of the pectoral muscle injury that landed him on IR following Week 3, knock on wood. Kirksey's total of seven tackles on 64 snaps was at once adequate and well short of what he's capable of – he posted 24 tackles in the first two weeks, and he's only three years removed from totaling 286 tackles over a 32-game span. As much as Kirksey will always be a durability concern, the IDP upside is major as long as he does stay on the field.

 
Jamie Collins, OLB, DET

Perhaps it's not the best use of his real-life talents, but the Lions have pretty much stopped using Collins as a pass rusher in 2020, using him mostly as a traditional off-ball linebacker instead of the amoeba-friendly outside blitz specialist that he's been for most of his career. Collins has always been an effective pass rusher, and he's an elite athlete who dominated as a defensive end at Southern Mississippi, so maybe someone could argue that this isn't smart on the part of Matt Patricia, but less pass-rushing reps for Collins means trading sack opportunities for tackle opportunities, and IDP investors will take that deal every time. Indeed, Collins is on pace for an

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