It is a done deal. According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, Collins has signed with the Patriots, and he will be present for workouts at Gillette Stadium Thursday. Collins was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline in 2016 after he didn’t seem to go along with the program but hopefully he will make good in his 2nd chance opportunity. Collins was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 draft.
Collins success was in New England where he was playing outside linebacker in a 4-3 man to man defensive scheme. In Cleveland they played him inside, mostly in zone packages and did not take full advantage of his athleticism. Collins could very well be a major impact pickup for the Patriots. If Belichick wants to give him another chance you can be sure it will pay off big time.
Jamie Collins certainly had a larger impact during his time w/ the Patriots; how'd he do it?
Collins spent just 11.4% of his snaps in New England along the edge while he spent 31.8% in Cleveland at edge defender.
His career grade w/ each:
– NE: 90.3 overall
– CLV: 54.2 overall https://t.co/XDDwHvXn0Q
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 15, 2019
That time when Jamie Collins jumped over the Colts' line pic.twitter.com/AejGsdCurh
— History of Sports (@BeforeFamePics) October 31, 2016