The Detriot Lions have released linebacker Jamie Collins after failing to find a trade partner for the veteran. Could Collins find a fresh start with the Atlanta Falcons? Collins will likely have a myriad of offers to considering the defensive struggles across the league this season.
Collins has had a very uneven career one with high highs and low lows. If Atlanta were to add the veteran it would be an experiment one that certainly couldn’t make their defense any worse. If Atlanta were to add Collins they should with a very specific role in mind.
Collins has had his best seasons with the Patriots when he was used both as a pass rusher and as a run stopper. He would give Atlanta a player to use in tandem with Foye Oluokun. Deion Jones is too talented to come off of the field in favor of Collins.
Jamie Collins could offer the Atlanta Falcons another pass rusher, something they badly need
Collins is going to find a landing spot in the next week, the question is whether he prefers to land with a contender? If he is willing to play for a non-contender as he was with Detriot and previously with the Browns he would be a great fit in an Atlanta defense and simply cannot get much worse.
Don’t let the 17-14 win over the Giants fool you, this is still a very bad Atlanta defense. Their ability to hold New York under twenty was about the Giants’ inability not the Falcons’ improvements.
Collins is a marginal improvement one Atlanta should seek out if they are truly attempting to improve this season.
Collins has had 25.5-sacks in his career with 61-tackles for a loss. He brings big-play ability and would offer Atlanta a player who has a shot at getting to the quarterback. Collins isn’t going to change the Falcons season but he could certainly make a terrible defense a bit better in week four.