Thursday, March 20, 2014
Morning Roar: A Jed Collins scouting report
By Michael Rothstein
The Lions, lying in wait for a new year....
Jed Collins started his week thinking he'd be staying in New Orleans and by the middle of it, the now-former Saints fullback ended up in Detroit, agreeing to a one-year deal and resurrecting a position that had not been with the Lions for a couple of years.
He ended up being an unsurprising choice in many ways once he became available, mostly because he has familiarity with every coach that will work with him -- including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi -- and fullbacks can be difficult to find in the NFL.
So what, exactly, does Collins do? Mike Triplett, who covers the New Orleans Saints for ESPN.com, broke down Collins' game in this scouting report.
"Collins has been a nice fit in New Orleans for the last three years -- as I'm sure Lions OC Joe Lombardi knows well," Triplett wrote. "Obviously the fullback position doesn't play a big role in New Orleans' pass-heavy offense. Collins played 39 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps last year. But he's been solid as both a lead blocker and an occasional receiver out of the backfield or short-yardage runner on 'belly' handoffs.
"The Saints' entire run game struggled during the first half of last season. But I thought Collins played very well as they improved during the second half of the year. I was surprised the Saints decided to make a switch to a similarly-rated player in Erik Lorig.
"Collins' backstory is really neat. He bounced around with seven different teams from 2008-2010 before finding a home in New Orleans."
If you're curious, Collins' full name is Jedidiah Gabriel Collins and he is from San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
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