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Simply put, New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins is an outstanding player. Entering his third NFL season, he has to be viewed as an outside candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Patriots fans may be concerned about the secondary as the opener against Pittsburgh approaches, but at least we don’t have to worry about the starting linebackers. Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower and Collins provide quite possibly the best trio of starters in the league. Collins, in particular, has a very high ceiling and is worthy of your complete fandom.
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In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Patriots did not have a first-round pick at their disposal. But they made up for that by selecting Collins with their first selection, the 52nd overall pick. It was a great choice.
Collins didn’t do too much in his rookie year, mainly playing on special teams and succeeding in that role. He emerged on the national scene with a breakout game against the Colts in the Divisional Round that postseason, recording six tackles, a sack and an interception.
Now, we’re going to examine Collins a little closer. Read on to see why you should be fully confident in Collins reaching new heights in 2015.
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