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Patriots unleash a beast

As Spikes' replacement, rookie LB Collins proves he's more than ready

Updated: January 12, 2014, 3:47 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This is precisely what the New England Patriots envisioned when they selected linebacker Jamie Collins with their top pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

The game has changed. And the chance to groom an ultra-athletic linebacker who is fast enough to play in coverage but powerful enough to be a factor in the front seven as a pass-rusher and run defender was one that was viewed as rare.

The question all along was when almost a season's worth ...

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