Bill Belichick via OMF seems excited to have Jamie Collins back in New England

Ryan Hannable
August 12, 2019 - 6:28 pm

Bill Belichick clearly isn't afraid to bring players back to the Patriots for a second time.

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He's done it in the past, most notably with Patrick Chung, and is doing it again this season with Brandon Bolden and Jamie Collins. Collins in particular did not leave the organization on great terms when he was traded to the Browns at the 2016 trade deadline, but it appears things will be different this time around.

Collins got off to a great start by picking up a sack in the first preseason game against the Lions and has been one of the biggest standouts so far this summer.

“Jamie has been great," Belichick said Monday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. "Jamie has been great. Glad we have him. Think he will help us. I feel like he’s a good addition to our team.”

The linebacker signed a one-year deal worth reportedly just over a million dollars this offseason.

But, Belichick was quick to warn not every player returning can be like Chung where he's been much better the second time.

“Yeah, every situation is different," he said. "I would say in Patrick’s case, I don’t feel like I did a great job with him the first time he was here. I think the second time the coaching was probably better. The playing was probably better too, but I think the coaching as better, too. Each case is a little bit different, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Collins figures to get a ton of playing time on defense in a variety of roles, as he can play a traditional middle linebacker position, but also get after the quarterback on the edge.

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