Just when you thought the Patriots couldn't get in one last sneaky move to reinforce their championship defense, they pull this rabbit out of their hat.
Of course they did.
New England is reportedly bringing back former Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins, who languished in relative anonymity for two and a half years in Cleveland after the Pats dealt his expensive deal away.
How does this stupid league keep letting this happen?
Yes, Collins took a step backwards in Cleveland. However, the Patriots defense made Collins an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme that featured a lot of man to man. In Gregg Williams' defense, he played inside a lot and played a lot of zone.
In Belichick's system, Collins is the perfect fit. Athletic, rangy, fast, and tough, he is a Pro Bowl talent that will start instantly on a championship team. How did 31 other teams think that he wasn't talented enough to stick with them?
Jamie Collins certainly had a larger impact during his time w/ the Patriots; how'd he do it?— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 15, 2019
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
Pencil Collins in for 100 tackles, three or four sacks, a couple picks, and probably another ring. This one is on you, NFL. He's got plenty left in the tank, and he'll make you rue the day you passed him on to New England.