The New England Patriots reached into their past today and added a piece to their 2019 defense. New England is bringing back linebacker Jamie Collins.
Collins was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2013. He lasted three-and-a-half seasons in Foxborough, making a Pro Bowl in 2015 before a mid-season trade the following year sent him to the Cleveland Browns.
Collins played well in Cleveland after the trade but was limited to only six games in 2017 due to a knee injury. However, he bounced back with a strong 2018.
This past fall, Collins started all 16 games for the Browns, compiling 104 tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) May 15, 2019
With Collins back in the fold, New England will look to make its fifth Super Bowl appearance in six years and bring home its fourth ring in that time frame.
Collins will join Dont’a Hightower, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy and others in the Patriots’ linebacking corps.
New England will open its 2019 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 8.