Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/5/14
We are now past the midpoint of the 2013 season, and the Patriots head off into their bye week atop the AFC East with a 7-2 record. With so many rookies stepping in and playing huge roles for the Patriots up to this point, why not slap a grade on them? To decide these grades, I have taken into account expectations, performance, place on the depth chart, and the “eye test.” Jamie Collins, OLB, Round 2 (52) Grade: C Coming into the season, Jamie Collins looked like a player who could contribute right away to the Patriots defense. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Collins is built like a defensive lineman with the skillset of a pass rushing linebacker. He recorded over 300 tackles, as well as 21 sacks over his four years at Southern Mississippi. With Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, and Donta Hightower set as the three main linebackers in the Patriots defense, Collins was looked at as a rotational player who could sub in during certain packages. He saw little game action through the first six wee...
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