Jamie Collins
Jamie Collins
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New England Patriots
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Collins established himself as one of the league's top defenders during his two and a half years in New England, posing an uncommon triple threat between run defense, pass rushing and coverage. The Browns traded for him during the 2016 season and saw generally good results, but the marriage ended after 2018. A season-ending MCL tear shortened his 2017 season and inconsistency plagued him a bit last year, leading Cleveland to cut Collins this offseason and clearing the way for the Patriots to scoop him back up. It remains to be seen how many snaps the Patriots have available at linebacker, but Collins is a freak athlete who only turned 29 in May, meaning it wouldn't be surprising if he immediately reestablished himself as New England's top linebacker. If he can hold off Dont'a Hightower and Elandon Roberts, Collins in that case should serve as a three-down player next to Kyle Van Noy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Patriots in May of 2019.
Return to New England official
LBNew England Patriots
May 15, 2019
Collins officially agreed to a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
ANALYSIS
The terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Collins will rejoin the Patriots for at least the 2019 season. The 29-year-old is expected to be present for on-field work as soon as Thursday in preparation for what could be a heavy workload as an off-ball linebacker for a defense that coach Bill Belichick is expected to coordinate in 2019. Collins averaged over seven tackles per game in his prior three seasons with the Patriots from 2014 to 2016, which would prorate to 116 tackles over a 16-game slate.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jamie Collins' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.10 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.5 in
 
Broad Jump
139 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jamie Collins
IDP Analysis: Week 13 Matchups
178 days ago
Jim Coventry expects J.J. Watt and Houston’s defense to collect some solid sack numbers against Cleveland this week.
IDP Analysis: Week 7 Matchups
221 days ago
Jim Coventry expects Jacksonville to go with a run-heavy approach, making Whitney Mercilus and the rest of the Texans linebackers upgraded fantasy options this week.
IDP Analysis: Week 5 Matchups
234 days ago
Jim Coventry notes that Detroit is obsessed with passing the football, which projects for a busy day for safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and the rest of Green Bay’s defensive backs.
Team Previews: 2018 Cleveland Browns
305 days ago
Justin Schultz discusses the Browns' offseason, including the selection of first overall pick Baker Mayfield and Josh Gordon's status.
Yahoo DFS Football: Week 16 Picks
December 20, 2017
Jim Coventry checks out the slate for the regular season's second-last week and thinks a healthy Alvin Kamara will be able to exploit the Falcons' linebacking corps.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Collins is coming off an MCL injury that ended his 2017 season in November, but all reports indicate he should be ready for training camp. The Browns signed the athletic linebacker to a $50 million contract extension last January, so big things are expected from the 28-year-old as the leader of Cleveland's defense. Over his 14 games in a Cleveland uniform, Collins has logged 100 tackles and three sacks, a rate of production that lands him on the IDP radar, when healthy.
Collins was a dominant defensive end in college and remains a dangerous pass rusher, but Cleveland used him more like an off-ball linebacker after acquiring him from New England last year. The latter is preferable for his IDP value because tackles are much more reliable than sacks. Collins' elite athleticism was on full display upon his arrival to Cleveland, and he finished his first eight games as a Brown with 69 tackles and two sacks. With a long history of production and safety-like athleticism at 6-3, 250, Collins should remain a force this season.
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 a hybrid of the two, mostly working as a traditional 4-3 OLB while occasionally terrorizing quarterbacks off the edge. A mystery illness limited Collins to 778 snaps in 12 games, yet he had a fine season all the same, and he has no issues heading into 2016. Collins' 204 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his last 1,703 snaps would project to roughly 120 tackles and six sacks over a 1,000-snap season.
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.
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Discussing reunion with Patriots
LBFree Agent
May 15, 2019
Collins has drawn interest from the Patriots in free agency, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Cut by Cleveland
LBFree Agent
March 6, 2019
Collins was released by the Browns on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Future in Cleveland uncertain
LBCleveland Browns
March 4, 2019
The Browns are expected to either trade or release Collins, or restructure his contract, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Paces team in tackles
LBCleveland Browns
January 7, 2019
Collins finished the 2018 season with a team-high 104 tackles (73 solo), four sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.
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Records sack in win
LBCleveland Browns
December 16, 2018
Collins notched six solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Broncos.
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