Why Jamie Collins Is the New England Patriots’ Most Important 2017 Free Agent

June 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There are more than a handful of incredibly important New England Patriots players who are headed for free agency in 2017. Arguably, the most important of that group is linebacker Jamie Collins.
Entering his fourth year, Collins has made marked improvements each season in the NFL. He has become exactly the player the Patriots envisioned when they drafted him in 2013.
We knew he was a physical specimen even before he played a single down in the NFL. He created waves at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine when he put up a 41.5-inch vertical jump, a 139-inch broad jump, a 4.64-second 40-yard dash and a 7.1-second three-cone drill. 
When his career began, he had a hard time getting onto the field. At first, his athleticism appeared to be his downfall. He would sometimes run himself out of a play by overpursuing; he could be in position, but would get caught looking the wrong direction in pass coverage; and he sometimes failed to wrap up a quarterback on a ...

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