CLEVELAND -- Veteran linebacker Jamie Collins went from a potential Super Bowl contender in the New England Patriots to the only team without a win in the 2016 season, the Cleveland Browns, when he was traded on Monday afternoon.
But despite the issues and reports of his freelancing within the Patriots’ defensive scheme that led to his departure to Cleveland, the 2015 Pro Bowler is ready to move forward with the Browns and improve a defense that ranks 30th in points (29.8), last in yards (421.5) and second-last against the run (143.8).
“Oh, I am good. I am ready to move on,” Collins said. “It is out of my control. I don’t make the calls.”
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Collins is in the middle of his fourth professional season after joining the Patriots with a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Southern Mississippi. He was a Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro in 2015.
Over his career, Collins has totaled 285 tackles, 10.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, four recoveries, one defensive touchdown and a blocked extra point.
“I have been there before. I know how to handle situations, and situations occur all the time,” Collins said. “I am up for the challenge, and like I said, I have been there before, so it is really no big deal to me.
“I am a workaholic. I am going to give you what I have every game and every day regardless. You are going to get my plays.”
Although Collins has had less than a week of work with the Browns, he has found a home at linebacker, according to Cleveland coach Hue Jackson.
“He is a good player” Jackson said. “I think we all know that. Those kind of guys, when they are on the field, they kind of raise everybody else’s intensity and how you practice because the guy is a Pro Bowl player. He has been there and done it. I think our guys like being around him, like practicing with him and like being with him, and now, they have to go play with him. He has been fun to watch.”