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CB depth could allow Falcons to cut ties with Jalen Collins


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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Something obviously was brewing with Jalen Collins when the Atlanta Falcons cornerback and Super Bowl starter found himself running with the third- and fourth-team defenses during training camp.

Collins played it off as no big deal. Then the NFL issued a statement Sunday confirming Collins' demotion was related to a disciplinary matter: Collins was suspended the first 10 games of the regular season without pay for a second violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

There was no need for the Falcons to give Collins many reps, knowing others needed to be prepared to play behind starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. And now, there probably isn't a need for the Falcons to give Collins any game reps at all -- ever again.

"We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen. Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what [coach] Dan [Quinn] and I feel is best for the team," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement.

What's "best for the team" is moving forward with C.J. Goodwin and Deji Olatoye as the backups to Trufant and Alford heading into the regular season -- if Goodwin and Olatoye continue to perform like they have during training camp -- and moving forward without Collins. Nobody wants to make a habit of admitting a mistake on a high draft pick, but the Falcons cut ties with 2012 second-round pick Peter Konz for poor performance. Cutting ties with Collins, a second-round pick in 2015 out of LSU, would make sense, considering the circumstances.

The Falcons already gave Collins a chance when they drafted him despite his background of failing multiple drug tests at LSU.

"If you scratch the surface of any human being, you're going to find mistakes," team owner Arthur Blank told ESPN regarding the decision to draft Collins. "So you accept that and you move on with him."

Then the Falcons gave Collins yet another chance after he committed the first violation of the policy on performance-enhancing substances, leading to a four-game suspension at the start of last season. And then Collins, who actually played better last season after his rookie struggles and even started the Super Bowl in place of the injured Trufant (pectoral surgery), violates the policy once again, bringing unwanted attention to a team focused on making another postseason run.

If Collins was an impact player, maybe the outlook would be different. But the Falcons are satisfied with the development of the ultra-athletic and speedy Goodwin, a converted wide receiver, as the third cornerback. And Olayote is a guy with starting experience who might not be as athletic as Goodwin but possess good instincts. Not to mention the Falcons have even more depth at the position with nickelback Brian Poole capable of playing outside, backup nickel Blidi Wreh-Wilson capable of the same, and rookie Damontae Kazee, now at free safety, accustomed to playing outside at corner from his college days and no doubt willing to make the move back, if asked.

The Falcons drafted Collins because they thought his length would match up well outside against taller receivers. He doesn't have the versatility to shift inside to a nickel role like so many of the other defensive backs on the roster can do.

Not to mention Collins isn't the most physical player, although he had his moments. Quinn implied last week that's the part of Collins' game he needed to improve the most.

And Collins hasn't been much of a special-teams contributor, either, although Quinn envisioned Collins growing into a role as a gunner.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Collins is to count $1,447,856 against the cap this season. Cutting him would save $344,098 against this year's cap. He would be on the reserve/suspended list to start the season, which means he wouldn't count against the 53-man roster. If the Falcons decide to give Collins yet another chance, he'll be eligible to return to the roster Nov. 21. They would have to make a roster move to coincide with his return. By then, with six games left in the regular season, will Collins really be needed?

Stayed tuned.

http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/27978/cb-depth-could-allow-falcons-to-cut-ties-with-jalen-collins

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1 minute ago, fuego said:

That's what I was thinking. The fact we just dropped him to the 3rd team and didn't cut him seems as if they might not be planning to. 

There's no point in it. We're good enough that it doesn't hurt us. I think Quinn gives him one last chance to get clean (3 strikes and your out) before we cut ties.

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Collins is History , at least for this year.. They Miiiiiiiiiiiight  give him one more chance next year if he stays clean till then... A very small might I'd say,,,,  His venture here is probably over. I hope so.. We don't have time fo fool with players who do stupid stuff. I mean ,, what is really important to the man? It's evident ... His fun times mean more than being a professional Football player. I wish him healing. .I work with these type people in the Jail Ministry so I know how most of them are. But some of the best Christians I know were saved in Jail,, Many times that is the best thing that can happen to a man... To give Him time to think ....

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The suspension sucks.  He is an idiot for making the same mistake twice... but i agree that if we were going to cut him, we most likely would have done so already.  He isn't going to count against our 53 man roster until week 11, so why not hang onto him as an insurance policy.  

Mistakes or not, having a healthy, rested body at CB going into the tail end of the season and into the Playoffs might not be a bad thing.  Cut him after the season and find a replacement in the draft or free agency... but, for this year, having someone who has played well for us sitting in reserve, ready to go when Playoff positioning is starting to take shape, might be invaluable.  

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I don't know what the team is going to do with him but if this was week 10 and we had two or three corners on IR, I don't think folks would be so quick to say cut him.

At this point, I could easily see why the team would keep him around until his suspension is up and even through the end of the season. He's not going to count toward the cap or the 53.

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If he doesn't count against the cap or roster for the 10 games he's suspended, I don't see why we wouldn't wait before cutting him.  Injuries happen and while we might see great CB depth today, who knows what it will look like 10 games in.  If we are healthy and don't have an open roster spot we need him to contribute, bye bye.  If we do get hit by the injury bug, it could be decent relief come week 11 when there are no CB's laying around waiting for a job.

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I work in the jail and prison ministry and I know that He has to flat out decide to lay the Drug use down for good,, Or it's never over. I have a distant kin with my same name,, who deals with this ,, Nicest person you ever met.. But it will destroy his life like it did my dads life... So much talent my Dad had,, But such a wasted life.... He lived for the bottle. And I mean that was all he could think of.... If a person really becomes an Alcoholic ,, That poor man is in bad shape. It will take you farther than you ever wanted to go,, and keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay.. And kill you sooner than you ever wanted to die..  Your only hope is getting help from God. Turn it all over to Him and pray That God will give you first of all,, Salvation, And then pray that God will help you to be able to live without Drugs and alcohol. Only God can give you that strength to do what you need to do. But HE CAN And will.. I know many who have been saved from the life of Drugs and Alcohol .  

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17 minutes ago, Draftnut57 said:

I work in the jail and prison ministry and I know that He has to flat out decide to lay the Drug use down for good,, Or it's never over. I have a distant kin with my same name,, who deals with this ,, Nicest person you ever met.. But it will destroy his life like it did my dads life... So much talent my Dad had,, But such a wasted life.... He lived for the bottle. And I mean that was all he could think of.... If a person really becomes an Alcoholic ,, That poor man is in bad shape. It will take you farther than you ever wanted to go,, and keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay.. And kill you sooner than you ever wanted to die..  Your only hope is getting help from God. Turn it all over to Him and pray That God will give you first of all,, Salvation, And then pray that God will help you to be able to live without Drugs and alcohol. Only God can give you that strength to do what you need to do. But HE CAN And will.. I know many who have been saved from the life of Drugs and Alcohol .  

Except that he's suspended for PEDs, not  substance abuse.

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This team is gearing for a SB run. We will keep him in case we have injury issues late in the season and need a plug and play starter (similar to Tru going down last season).

it would not surprise me to see him let go after the season though to make cap room for upcoming contracts. By then we have a better idea what the other CBs can do and a whole offseason to make adjustments/replacements for him.

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We kept LB Robert James for years after he was busted for Peds and he never played a down.

Jalen's got potential!

Suck it up week 11,

Jalen will be even better than he was last year!

We can take the Pats, without him, 1st game.

Plus, It might even give 6'3 local boy cb Jones a few more snaps to develop.

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1 hour ago, SamMills51 said:

Collin's is still pretty talented. But you can't fix stupid, and if he wants to continue being stupid, cut him.

Could be a locker room distraction. I think it'd be better for you guys to just cut ties and get him out of there.

Our lockerroom is too strong to let anybody become a distraction. We have too strong of a foundation. 

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