Collins made four tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Redskins.
Collins was able to recover the fumble he forced by sacking Colt McCoy, marking his fourth forced turnover in four games. The veteran has been explosive for the Patriots this season, and he'll continue starting at outside linebacker as a result. Collins will look to be similarly disruptive in Thursday night's matchup against the Giants, as Daniel Jones has been dropped nine times over three starts.
Collins had four tackles (three solo), a sack and an interception in Sunday's win over the Bills.
The Patriots' defense wreaked havoc all afternoon in Buffalo, as they recorded five sacks and four interceptions. Collins played all 83 snaps Sunday with Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) sidelined and has been a solid producer with 23 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 sacks and three interceptions through four games. Collins should remain a dependable IDP option as long as Hightower remains out.
Collins made seven tackles (five solo), two sacks and a pass breakup in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.
Collins now leads the team with 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The veteran linebacker isn't even considered a starter on the Patriots' defense, making his early success that much more impressive. However, starter Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was injured during Sunday's game, so Collins could be a top IDP pickup this week heading into next Sunday's contest versus the Bills.
Collins recorded five tackles (three solo), 0.5 sacks, two defended passes and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins.
Collins led the Patriots in tackles and was disruptive in getting after Miami's quarterbacks. His production came despite playing just 58 percent of New England's snaps on defense. The 29-year-old will work to keep up his momentum Week 3 versus the Jets.
Collins officially agreed to a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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.
Collins has drawn interest from the Patriots in free agency, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Collins has taken his time fielding contract offers since being released by Cleveland on March 6 and is one of the most accomplished defensive players remaining on the open market. The Patriots' interest in Collins makes sense, given that they have familiarity with the linebacker after selecting him with a second-round pick in 2013 before trading him to the Cleveland in 2016. Collins' potential return to New England would significantly beef up a linebacking corps currently headed by Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy.
Collins was released by the Browns on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Collins was on the trade block but Cleveland couldn't find any takers. His release provides the Browns with roughly $9 million in cap relief this offseason as the team prepares for the start of free agency March 13. The 29-year-old logged 104 tackles and four sacks in 16 games for the Browns last season and should have little trouble garnering free-agent interest from teams looking for help at outside linebacker.
The Browns are expected to either trade or release Collins, or restructure his contract, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
GM John Dorsey said at the NFL Combine that Collins had "some inconsistencies" last season and made clear that the 29-year-old likely will need to consider a pay cut from his $10.5 million base salary in 2019 in order to remain in Cleveland. Collins led the Browns with 104 tackles last season and realistically could fetch a solid trade market if his contract were reworked.
Collins finished the 2018 season with a team-high 104 tackles (73 solo), four sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.
Collins signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Browns in January 2017 and followed it up with his second 100-plus tackle season of his career. Health was a big factor into Collins' success, as he appeared in all 16 games for the first time since his rookie 2013 campaign. If Collins' health endures, he, along with Christian Kirksey (hamstring) and Joe Schobert, figure to make up one of the league's best linebacking corps in 2019.
Collins notched six solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Broncos.
Collins' third sack of the year gives him his highest total in four seasons. His 92 tackles are also his highest mark since that same 2015 season in New England. The 28-year-old will try to break triple digits for just the second time in his career at home Week 16 against Cincinnati.
Collins recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and one fumble recovery in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
Collins was limited in a couple practices this week due to an ankle injury but he didn't seem at all hampered during Sunday's game. His nine-tackle performance was one of his better games on the season as the Browns tallied their third win of the year. Looking ahead, Collins and the Browns have a Week 11 bye before a Week 12 matchup with the Bengals.
Collins (ankle) lacks an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Collins was logged his first full practice of the week Friday and appears to have fully recovered from a minor ankle sprain. The starting linebacker will suit up Week 10 and attempt to contain a Falcons offense that has put up over 30 points in five of their last seven games.
Collins (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Collins was unable to practice to begin the week due to a sprained ankle, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. The starting linebacker should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, and if Collins were to remain sidelined for any amount of time, expect D'Juan Hines to see an uptick in defensive snaps.
Collins is dealing with a sprained ankle that held him out of Wednesday's practice, but he's expected to return for Thursday's session, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Collins posted seven tackles (six solo) in Week 9 against the Chiefs, but it appears he may have suffered a minor ankle issue along the way. If he's able to rejoin practice Thursday as expected, there probably won't be a ton of concern regarding his status for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Collins posted seven tackles (six solo) during Sunday's 37-21 loss to the Chiefs.
With Christian Kirksey (hamstring) being forced to leave Sunday's game early and Joe Schobert (hamstring) inactive, Collins was tasked with stepping up on Cleveland's defense. His seven tackles were a team high, and the linebacker has 18 total tackles over his last two games.
Collins recorded 11 tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Collins has been a quality player for the Browns but hasn't put up top-tier numbers. His 11 tackles Sunday made for his second double-digit performance of the year in the category. Looking ahead, Collins and the Browns will face off against the Chiefs in Week 9.
Collins recorded 12 tackles (eight solo), including a sack, in Sunday's overtime win over the Ravens.
Collins has posted a sack in each of the Browns' last two games. His 12 tackles doubled his previous season high, and his overall performance played a big role in helping the Cleveland defense limit the Ravens to just nine points. Collins will look to keep his momentum going against the Chargers in Week 6.
Collins (knee) was on the field for the Browns' training camp practice Wednesday, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
Collins' availability for the start of training camp suggests he's back to full health after tearing the MCL in his right knee last November. A key cog among the defensive front seven, Collins should be one of the leaders for the unit in 2018.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that he expects Collins (knee) to be 100 percent healthy for training camp, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Collins tore the MCL in his right knee last November, resulting in him spending more than half the season on injured reserve. After more than six months of rehab and recovery, Collins has progressed as expected and should be a full participant in practices during the summer. Jackson also expressed a desire to have Collins compete in 11-on-11 sessions during minicamp in a couple weeks, though a decision on that front doesn't appear to have been made quite yet. Regardless, Collins shouldn't miss any substantial time heading into the 2018 season if he avoids setbacks the rest of the summer.
Collins underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair MCL damage in his right knee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Collins, who was spotted in Cleveland's locker room Wednesday with crutches and his right leg immobilized, was placed on injured reserve about three weeks ago and won't return this season. The knee operation likely means that Collins' recovery timetable will be measured in months rather than weeks, but the Browns are hopeful that the linebacker will be back to full strength for the start of the 2018 campaign.
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|9||11/3/19||@ BAL||8:20 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/17/19||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|13||12/1/19||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|15||12/15/19||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||43||24.0||19||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2014||New England Patriots||15||116||74.0||42||4||2||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||89||51.0||38||5.5||1||51||51.0||51||0||6|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||43||31.0||12||1||2||31||15.5||18||0||3|
|2019||New England Patriots||6||30||23.0||7||4.5||3||85||28.3||69||1||4|
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|2014||New England Patriots||15||1||0||4||0||2||3||2||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||12||0||0||5||0||1||14||1||1|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2019||New England Patriots||6||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|