The Atlanta Falcons have waived Jalen Collins

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 31: Jalen Collins
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 31: Jalen Collins /

Atlanta Falcons have waived defensive back Jalen Collins after his second suspension.

Per’s Will McFadden, the Atlanta Falcons released defensive back Jalen Collins on Tuesday. Collins had just served a 10-game suspension for a PED violation, which was handed down in August.

Collins was not eligible to play in Atlanta’s 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have been the starters for the Falcons in 2017. Collins would have had a difficult time seeing the field with backup cornerback Brian Poole seeing more snaps.

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Collins took some time to blossom as a productive cornerback for the Falcons in 2016 but finally found his stride throughout the course of the Falcons Super Bowl run last season. Collins spent two years in Atlanta as he totaled 45 tackles for two interceptions in eight games started. Collins was originally drafted in the second round by Atlanta out of Louisiana State University in 2015.

If Collins clears waivers Wednesday, he will be available to sign with any team. It will be interesting to see which teams will weigh the reward over risk factor in deciding to sign Collins. Collins hasn’t played a down in the regular season since the Super Bowl and rust could play a significant factor in finding a team team.

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Collins’ development in Atlanta to grow as a player took longer than it needed to so Collins may have to find his niche in his game once again if he wants to start with a team. One-on-one coverage proved to be an issue for Collins so he will have to excel in this aspect of his game to get back on the field in 2017.