Duron Harmon excited to have former teammate Jamie Collins back following shocking 2016 trade

Ryan Hannable
May 16, 2019 - 3:01 pm
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Things have come full circle for Jamie Collins.

The 29-year-old has returned to the Patriots, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft, and is reunited with many of his former teammates and close friends.

One of them is safety Duron Harmon, who is thrilled to have Collins back.

“He’s excited to be back, so that’s always good when the excitement is there,” he told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “I’m really just looking forward to seeing him out there, seeing him play with us again, building that chemistry, being teammates again and doing everything we can to make sure we got the best defense we can come the first game.”

Harmon added: “Obviously, we know me and Jamie came in together. We’re friends. When he went to Cleveland, we stayed in contact. We kept talking. The relationship didn’t break. But we all know Jamie, he’s a tremendous football player, [has] athletic ability through the roof."

The Patriots safety also rehashed how shocking the 2016 trade deadline deal was when Collins was shipped to Cleveland.

“He was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro the year before. So any time that happens, you’re shocked," he said. "And I think more so just because it’s your friend. And I think that was probably one of the first real eye-opening experiences where I realized this is a business. Because like I said, we came in together great friends, and then he’s here one moment and then the next moment he’s all the way in Cleveland.”

Collins figures to have more of a situational role with the Patriots in his second go-around, which may be beneficial to getting the most out of him.

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