Collins is ready to go for the upcoming season, Kyle Meinke of mlive reports.
The versatile defensive player has recovered from his neck injury suffered toward the end of the 2020 campaign and is on track to return to his starting role. In his first year in Detroit, Collins tallied 101 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles over 14 games in 2020. The veteran linebacker is projected for another three-down role this year, alongside new addition Alex Anzalone.
Collins' (neck) contract will be restructured to create salary cap space, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Collins' cap number is currently $11.3 million, which will likely be lowered significantly in order to create salary cap space. The 31-year-old managed triple digits in tackles again during his 2020 campaign (101), and he'll look to build on that number in the upcoming season now that his 2021 roster spot appears secured.
Collins (neck) racked up 101 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles over 14 games in 2020.
Within arguably the worst linebacking corps in the NFL, Collins again showed his worth as one of the most versatile linebackers in the league despite his advanced age (31). Not only was he, once again, a highly versatile chess piece that helped out in both the run and passing game, Collins came through in the stat sheet as well with his second 100-tackle campaign in the past three years. While one can certainly question his production as a pass rusher, nitpickers should keep in mind that Detroit -- which allowed franchise-worst marks in points (519) and yards allowed (6,978) in 2020 -- gave opponents little reason to go away from the run game this year. Not to mention, there were few other Lions defenders that opposing offenses actually needed to account for. With two more years left on his contract at a very team-friendly rate of $10 million per season, Collins should again be a significant IDP contributor in 2021. That he was able to fit in a limited practice before ultimately sitting out Week 17 suggests Collins' neck injury isn't overly concerning.
Collins (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
Collins is set to miss a second straight game to close out the season. Reggie Ragland figures to see more playing time in Collins' stead. The 31-year-old linebacker enjoyed a solid first season with Detroit, posting 101 tackles (55 solo), a sack, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He's under contract for two more years.
Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
The veteran linebacker sat out the first two practices of the week, but he progressed to limited participation Friday to earn the questionable tag. Collins missed his first game of the season last week but could be back on the field for the season finale.
Collins (neck) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
Collins is coming off his first missed game of the 2020 campaign. His absence from Wednesday's practice is not a promising sign for his Week 17 status. Reggie Ragland would likely be in line to once again replace him at outside linebacker should he ultimately need to sit out the regular-season finale.
Collins (neck) is listed as inactive for Saturday's matchup against the Buccaneers.
Collins sat out the entire practice week after his 79 percent defensive snap share in last Sunday's loss to Tennessee represented his lowest since Week 2. With the two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker unavailable to face former teammate Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, Reggie Ragland is in line to garner an enhanced workload at one of Detroit's outside linebacker spots.
Collins (neck) is listed as questionable for Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Collins was unable to practice at all this week, so he appears to be trending in the wrong direction for Saturday. The veteran leads Detroit with 101 tackles this season, so his absence against a tough Buccaneers squad would be a tough blow to a defense that is giving up a league-worst 31.1 points per game.
Collins (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
The Lions didn't hold practice Tuesday, but Collins was listed as an estimated DNP for that session as well. Given that this is a short week for Detroit -- they play Tampa Bay on Saturday -- logging at least a limited session Thursday could be crucial for Collins' chances of suiting up. Reggie Ragland would likely start in Collins' place if the latter is unable to play Saturday.
Collins made nine tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 34-30 win over the Bears.
Collins has registered eight or more tackles in seven of the past nine games, and he's up to 92 total stops this year. The 31-year-old continues to impress, leading the team in tackles with 33 more than Tracy Walker, who sits at No. 2. He could comfortably reach a new career high of 116 this year.
Collins recorded nine tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed across 66 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Collins continues to be a tacking machine in Detroit, as he now has 77 on the season. The veteran linebacker is seeing high snap counts week in and week out, playing in 85 percent of the defensive reps this season. He'll now shift his focus to Thursday's Thanksgiving showdown with the Texans.
Collins registered 13 total tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during Sunday's 30-27 win against Washington.
Not only did Collins set a new season high in tackles for the second time in three games, but he also collected Detroit's lone takeaway in a closely contested victory. Collins' forced fumble-and-recovery with 1:21 to go in the first half set up the Lions for a field goal to pad the team's lead to 14 points going into the locker room. The takeaway proved to be impactful, with Detroit ultimately prevailing by a walk-off field goal.
Collins registered a team-high nine total tackles during Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Vikings.
Collins continues to rack up impressive totals, as the two-time Super Bowl champion has now accumulated eight or more tackles over four of his past five game appearances. The 31-year-old also has one interception to his name in 2020, though Collins has otherwise been unable to generate another takeaway over eight appearances. Inability to force turnovers has plagued the Lions defense, as the unit currently is tied for 29th in takeaways and 28th in points allowed per game.
Collins collected 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss during Sunday's 41-21 loss to Indianapolis.
Collins played over 90 percent of the defensive snaps for a fourth straight game, collecting both the second-highest tackle total on the team Sunday and his second-highest tackle total of the season personally. The former Patriots and Browns defender is well on his way towards his typical output in tackles with 46 through seven appearances, but he's yet to force a fumble after averaging 2.3 per year between 2013 and 2019.
Collins had seven tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed during Sunday's 34-16 win over the Jaguars.
The veteran linebacker led Detroit in tackles, as it limited the Jaguars to 2.8 yards per carry. Collins has 29 total tackles, one sack and one interception through his first five games with the Lions.
Collins logged nine tackles during Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.
Detroit played some its best defense of the season Sunday against a solid Saints offense, and Collins played a large role in any success the unit had. Considering the 29-year-old has the potential to contribute in run support, as a pass-rusher or in pass coverage, Collins should remain an interesting IDP prospect throughout the year.
Collins recorded five tackles, two for a loss, and a sack across across 56 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Collins rebounded nicely against Green Bay after being ejected from Week 1's contest due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He recorded his first sack in a Lions uniform, taking down Aaron Rodgers for a loss of 11 yards. At 56 defensive snaps, Collins logged the second-most reps among linebackers for Detroit.
Collins won't be suspended after being ejected from Sunday's loss to the Bears, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Collins' helmet made contact with an official in the first half, and he was promptly ejected with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The league determined that it wasn't severe enough for Collins to miss additional time, so he'll be ready for Week 2's matchup versus Green Bay. Collins was impressive before the ejection, recording three tackles, a pass breakup and a QB hit.
Collins was ejected for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the team's Week 1 contest against the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Collins appeared to make contact with an official on the field with his helmet. As a result, he was tossed from his first game as a Lion. Prior to be ejected, he had logged three tackles, a pass defended and a quarterback hit.
Collins agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Lions on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 30-year-old returned to New England in 2019 and had 81 tackles (58 solo), seven sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 16 games, and he's now set to rejoin his former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Detroit. Collins played in all 16 regular-season games each of the past two seasons and had career highs in sacks, passes defensed and interceptions last year.
|Sun 09/13||vs CHI||L 23-27||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/20||@ GB||L 21-42||4||1||5||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ ARI||W 26-23||1||5||6||0||1||2||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs NO||L 29-35||7||2||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ ATL||W 23-22||2||4||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||vs IND||L 21-41||7||4||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||@ MIN||L 20-34||4||4||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs WAS||W 30-27||9||4||13||0||0||0||2||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ CAR||L 0-20||4||5||9||0||0||1||0||0|
|Thu 11/26||vs HOU||L 25-41||4||1||5||0||0||1||1||0|
|Sun 12/06||@ CHI||W 34-30||3||6||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs GB||L 24-31||3||3||6||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ TEN||L 25-46||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 12/26||@ DET||L 47-7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ DET||L 37-35||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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