Sam Darnold had another rough day against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but you can’t really blame the Carolina Panthers quarterback for one of the interceptions he threw. Jamie Collins deserves all the credit.
Collins, whom the Patriots re-acquired for a third time in a trade with the Detroit Lions last month, made one of the best plays you’ll see all season to intercept Darnold. It happened so quickly that it was almost impossible to follow in real time.
Collins was lined up on the line of scrimmage on the play. He somehow jumped up and squeezed the pass in a situation where most defenders would have only been able to bat the ball down. You can see a better angle below:
There have been plenty of questions about Collins’ effort in the past, but his athletic ability has always be undeniable. Those are the types of plays that show why Bill Belichick continues to give Collins chances.
Jamie Collins has moments where he looks like one of the best linebackers in football, and there are others where the veteran looks totally lost or disinterested. There have been questions about his effort level this season, and Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell is not exactly defending his player.
Campbell was asked by a reporter on Tuesday if the criticisms of Collins are warranted. He said Collins plays “a little bit different.” He also said Collins doesn’t match the intensity of fellow Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone.
Campbell also said there are “things that Jamie does well that we have to continue to use.” That isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.
Those who have followed Collins’ career know this has been his story for years. The New England Patriots made a surprising decision to trade him years ago when he was a key part of their defense. There were reports then about how Collins’ attitude didn’t match up with his talent, and many accused the Patriots of smearing him on his way out the door.
Campbell seems to have no interest in pushing the narrative in another direction, which says a lot.
Collins had 101 total tackles, three forced fumbles and a sack in 14 games with the Lions last year. He has 10 total tackles through two games this season.
The first ejection of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was the recipient.
Collins was ejected in the first half of Detroit’s game against the Chicago Bears for making contact with an official. It appears he was trying to complain to the ref about something an offensive player did to him. Collins made contact with the official while reenacting the play and was immediately ejected.
Many felt that wasn’t enough to warrant an ejection, but the rules are straightforward when it comes to making contact with an official. The intention doesn’t really matter unless it’s a complete accident, which did not appear to be the case here.
Collins is in his first season with the Lions after his second stint with the New England Patriots last year. There was some question about whether he might opt out this season following some comments he made about a month ago.
The NFL’s deadline for players to decide to opt out of the NFL season passed Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, but one player thinks that will prove meaningless as things progress.
Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins believes players will still try to opt out depending on circumstances, even though the formal deadline passed.
Collins has a point. Major League Baseball is the only other sport operating outside of a bubble environment in the U.S. that has opt out provisions, and we have seen players there decide not to play even after the start of the season. Some NFL players will probably have similar thoughts, and it’s not really clear how the NFL would handle that.
One veteran player thinks the NFL’s deadline is a “joke” due to the lack of time players were given to make a final decision. It’ll be interesting to see if this becomes a factor later in camp and during the season.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Detroit Lions have added a former New England Patriots player.
The Lions are signing linebacker Jamie Collins to a 3-year, $30 million deal, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The deal reportedly includes $18 million guaranteed. Detroit reportedly had competition from the Saints to sign Collins.
Collins, 30, was a second-round pick by the Patriots in 2013. He was traded to Cleveland in 2016, who then cut him last year. The Patriots picked up Collins after that, and he had 81 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions, a touchdown, and three forced fumbles for them. He was part of a fearsome defense in New England that was dominant, especially early in the year.
In Detroit, Collins will be playing under Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who used to be New England’s defensive coordinator. Last year, Detroit signed former Patriots Danny Amendola, Justin Coleman, and Trey Flowers in free agency.
The Lions began the season well last year before things unraveled and Matthew Stafford got hurt. Patricia has gone 9-22-1 in two seasons as the team’s head coach.
The trade that sent linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns back in 2016 was one of the more surprising ones of the Bill Belichick era, but the New England Patriots coach apparently still likes Collins enough to have him on the roster.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots are getting close to a deal to bring Collins back.
Collins signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Browns after the 2016 season, and they released him back in March. The 29-year-old recorded 104 tackles and four sacks, but he also missed plenty of tackles and was often out out of position.
The Patriots always look at players based on the value they can provide, and Belichick probably knew Collins was about to sign a big contract back in 2016 and wanted to get something for him before he left in free agency. There were also rumblings at the time that Collins was not focused enough and had ended up in Belichick’s doghouse. Despite all that, New England has a need at linebacker and Collins could be a cheap addition who is familiar with the system.
NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team entering the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE
After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.
Earlier this season, Jamie Collins was traded to the Browns. It looks as though he will be there for the foreseeable future.
After spending the first three seasons with the Patriots, Collins was sent to the Browns for a third round draft pick. He was due to become a free agent this offseason and was expected to have no shortage of suitors. However, Cleveland made sure Collins didn’t hit the open market by locking him up with a four-year contract worth $50 million with $26 million in guarantees. As Adam Schefter added, Collins’ deal makes him the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL.
At one point it was reported Collins was seeking a contract similar to the one received by Von Miller. You can read about that here. Collins would later deny those leaks.
Collins, 27, was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 season and helped New England win Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. After last year’s trade, Collins recorded 69 tackles and two sacks in eight games while with Cleveland.
There was a lot of talk about why the New England Patriots abruptly traded Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins, but the actual reason is a fairly simple one.
The Patriots did not feel that Collins had an extensive part to play in the franchise’s future, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. They intended to transition him into more of a part-time player, and, fearing there could be repercussions in the locker room, elected to simply trade him away when they found the opportunity to do so.
There were stories about the contract Collins wanted, and while it may or may not be true, it seems there was much more at work than that. The Patriots didn’t intend to keep him around, so they saw fit to cut ties while they could get something for him.
New Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins wants you to know that he doesn’t think he’s Von Miller.
Collins, who was traded to Cleveland from the New England Patriots, brought up Miller when asked if he’d declined a hefty contract extension from New England.
“I’m not Von Miller, just so you know,” Collins said Wednesday, via Pat McManamon of ESPN. “Let’s be smart now. Let’s use some common sense.
“I don’t know [anything] about Von Miller money. Nothing. Never heard of that. Never came out of my mouth. Nothing.”
Collins, of course, went from the high-flying Patriots to the winless Browns, and he’s simply dealing with the career change.
“This is my home for right now, and I’m going to play like this is my home,” Collins said. “This is where I’m at, and this is my focus.”
Collins supposedly wanted Miller money in his next contract, which was cited as a reason New England traded him. It’s Collins against the anonymous leaks right now.