Having spent time on five practice squads since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Collins comes to Detroit after earning a role as the lead blocker in the New Orleans backfield from 2011-2013, where he played in 47 games (26 starts). Primarily a blocker with the size and physical presence to create holes in the running game, Collins has also recorded 19 carries for 49 yards (2.6 avg) and three touchdowns, as well as 39 receptions for 174 yards (4.5 avg) and four touchdowns. His versatility has also made him a contributor on special teams, as he also has eight career tackles.
2013: In 2013, saw his most extensive action as a runner, often converting key short yardage situations. He finished the season with a career-high 15 carries for 45 yards and one touchdown, as well as 14 receptions for 54 yards. Started in all 16 games, including nine starts, and appeared in both postseason games. Tied for first in the NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions (seven-for-seven).
2012: Started seven of the 15 games he played in 2012, missing only the Dallas game (12/23) with a knee/toe injury. Tied a career high with 14 receptions for a career-high 70 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield. Also added two special teams tackles.
2011: Despite only four touches, Collins made his presence felt in his first season with the Saints, finishing with four carries for four yards and two touchdowns, as well as 11 receptions, 50 yards and two touchdowns. Served as the club’s lead blocker in all 16 games (11 starts) and appeared in both postseason games, including a start in the NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco.
2010: After going to training camp with the Tennessee Titans, spent 15 weeks of the regular season and one postseason week on the Saints practice squad.
2009: Spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp and went on to play three weeks on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Spent the final month of the season on the Cleveland Browns practice squad.
2008: An undrafted rookie free agent out of Washington State, joined the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before spending two weeks on the Cleveland Browns active roster. Also enjoyed stints on the Eagles, Chicago Bears and Browns practice squads over the course of the season.
Played in 46 games during his four years at Washington State, serving in multiple roles that included linebacker, fullback and tight end. Finished his collegiate career with 80 receptions for 899 yards (9.2 avg) and six touchdowns, as well as eight carries for 12 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Earned Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors at linebacker for Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School.
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