Bill Belichick raves about Jamie Collins: He's a very special player

Ryan Hannable
September 17, 2019 - 9:33 am

Bill Belichick has already shown the ability to get more out of players in their second stint with team with Patrick Chung, and it seems he may be doing it again with Jamie Collins.

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Collins had a monster game in Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins when he recorded five tackles, half a sack and two interceptions, including one going for a touchdown.

Speaking on a conference call Monday, Belichick had nothing but praise for the athletic linebacker.

“Jamie’s a very special player,” he said. “He’s very smart, instinctive. He’s got a great nose for the ball in the passing game and in the running game. He’s got the physical skills to play at the end of the line and off the line, to blitz, to play in coverage, play against the run and play against the pass. So we’re able to do different things with him, and he’s been productive and effective in all of them.”

Belichick added: “It’s really exciting to have that type of player in your system and to have players he can work with. They can do things that maybe you don’t normally or aren’t able to do because of some type of limitations, but he’s very smart and he understands things. “He a lot of times will recognize things before I do and say ‘Hey, can I do this in this situation?’ or ‘Hey, can I do this in that situation?’ That’s the kind of football thinker he is, so he’s brought a lot to us defensively in a lot of different areas. From first down to third down, to playing on the punt team, he’s added a lot to us.”

Collins' teammates are happy to have him back.

"Jamie's the man," Patrick Chung said Monday in the Patriots locker room. "Jamie's the man. He is a very good, instinctive football player. He's smart. Very glad to have him back. In the locker room he's funny and on the field he's a savage."

Collins has already played a variety of roles for the defense and that likely will continue as the year goes on.

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