Colts Sign Troubled, Talented Cornerback Jalen Collins To Practice Squad

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Colts Sign Troubled, Talented Cornerback Jalen Collins To Practice Squad

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Colts Sign Troubled, Talented Cornerback Jalen Collins To Practice Squad

What went into the Colts signing of cornerback Jalen Collins? Also, a look at some injury new for the Colts from Thursday’s practice.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Practice squad moves do not typically draw many headlines.

But those moves usually do not involve players with the resume of a guy who led his team in solo tackles in a Super Bowl, but has also been suspended 4 times over the last three years.

That’s Jalen Collins.

The Colts are giving Collins another NFL chance and it could very well be the final one for the 2015 second-round pick.

Collins, who stands 6-1 and weighs 203 pounds, joined the Colts’ practice squad on Thursday, following a Wednesday workout in Indianapolis.

Since being drafted in 2015, Collins has spent more time suspended (4 suspensions adding up to 28 total games) than actual games on the field (24 games played, 8 career starts).

“I just let things get out of control and it took too long for me to get under control,” Collins, who will wear No. 33 with the Colts, said on Thursday before his first practice in Indy.

“It’s been a long, long time being out, being away from it. I just took some time for myself to get my head in a good place. The things I was struggling with, I put those things behind me. I learned a lot. It’s just been a humbling situation.”

Even though Collins has been suspended an astonishing 4 times, for both substance abuse and performance enhancing drugs, the 25-year-old corner still believed he would get another chance in the NFL.

He found that with the Colts, with Chris Ballard wasting little time making a move on Collins, once the corner’s 10-game suspension ended this past Sunday.

Back with the Kansas City Chiefs, Ballard had history in doing background work on troubled draft prospects, with the Chiefs then selecting those players (i.e. Marcus Peters and Tyreke Hill).

That was part of Ballard’s conversation with Collins, who actually grew up in Kansas City before playing collegiately at LSU.

Ballard was a fan of Collins coming out of college, with the corner going 42nd overall to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 Draft.

The Colts GM was also a big fan of how Atlanta built their young defense, with Collins starting, during that Super Bowl run in the 2016 season.

“Chris has dealt with players who have struggled before,” Collins mentioned on Thursday. “He let me know he was going to be there for me.”

“Over the time I’ve been out, I’ve surrounded myself with a great support system and working with my agent and Chris now, I know that I have everything I need if that situation might come up.”

Collins was a 2015 draft pick of the Falcons and played in all 16 games during his rookie season. He played in just 8 games in 2016.

The Falcons waived Collins in November 2017, following his second suspension. The 4 suspensions for Collins have come in the form of two 4-game suspensions and two 10-game penalties.

Given that Collins is now a practice squad addition in the middle of November, this is a very low-risk signing.

Handing out a massive contract to a player with Collins’ past, during free agency would have sent a different message to the locker room.

But this move should not send shockwaves inside a locker room having more low maintenance characters than most.

If Collins doesn’t work out, the Colts simply move on with hardly any repercussions.

Still, the question is there on why does Collins deserve a 5th chance?

Talent is clearly there, and Ballard has always been enamored with Collins.

Plus, the Colts have a definite need at corner.

The last time Collins played in an NFL game, he was leading the Falcons in solo tackles during a Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots.

Has he learned enough since?

“I really don’t have a lot of chances,” Collins says.

“I’ve learned from my experiences. I’ve did my time and I’m just ready to get going.”

 

Thursday Injury Notes

 

  • The Colts had the following players return to practice on Thursday: S-Clayton Geathers, TE-Ryan Hewitt, RB-Marlon Mack, S-Mike Mitchell, CB-Chris Milton and LB-Anthony Walker.
     
  • S-Malik Hooker (hip) and TE-Erik Swoope (knee) have each missed the first two days of practice this week. Swoope is likely out for a third straight game. Hooker is the key name to watch for at Friday’s final practice.

 

THURSDAY’S INJURY REPORT

 

DNP: OT-Le’Raven Clark (personal), CB-Nate Hairston (ankle), S-Malik Hooker (hip), TE-Erik Swoope (knee)

 

            -Bowen’s Analysis: Hairston was limited on Wednesday, before falling to a DNP on Thursday.

 

LIMITED: TE-Ryan Hewitt (ankle), CB-D.J. Killings (ankle), S-Mike Mitchell (calf)

 

            -Bowen’s Analysis: This is the first work for Hewitt and Mitchell since the Oakland game.

 

FULL: S-Clayton Geathers (knee), OL-Denzelle Good (personal), RB-Marlon Mack (personal), CB-Chris Milton (personal), LG-Quenton Nelson (back), DE-Kemoko Turay (neck), LB-Anthony Walker (neck)

 

            -Bowen’s Analysis: This is the first time Nelson has appeared on the injury report in 2018. Turay looks to be returning to the lineup this Sunday.

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