Falcons need to part ways with Jalen Collins

Jalen Collins runs through the field with a Falcons flag after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

CANTON, Ohio — The Falcons knew selecting Jalen Collins was a gamble back in 2015.

He had substance abuse issues in college at LSU.

Collins, who was suspended for the first four games last season for using performance-enhancing drugs, insisted that he’s not in hot water with the coaches or the league on Tuesday when we chatted on the aluminum benches off to the side.

“No, no situations,” Collins said. “I’m just trying to make the most of this camp and get everybody ready. We are going to need everybody.”

He lied to my face as hew as suspended 10 games for the 2017 season on Sunday.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn gave a cryptic response to a question asking why Collins was working with the third team.

“Yeah, that came up yesterday regarding Collins,” Quinn said on Tuesday. “He is working with the second group. Right now, our first group is Robert Alford and Brian Poole inside at nickel and on the other side is Desmond Trufant. At times, it might feel like Collins is in the second or third group.

“That’s where he is on the depth chart right now. I know it came out yesterday that he was working with the third group. Sometimes it may seem like that with how it works out, but those are the first three and then we’re working him in behind that group.”

Say what?

The Falcons had to know this matter was pending.

The Falcons started talking up reserve cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who’d been working out with the second team.

Collins, who started to tap in to some of his immense talent last season, has proven himself to be undependable.

The Falcons talk about “protecting the team.” For two seasons straight, Collins has failed to do so.

His next violation, under the league performing enhancement policy, will earn him at least a two-year banishment from the league.

The Falcons can save him the trouble by moving on.


Reader Comments 0


What a waste of God given ability


I can not for the love of money, understand why somebody making

millions needs to blow crap up his nose,  What makes it even worse, Quinn, our venerable coach is protecting him.  It begs the question, is Quinn using too!  


At least leave him around as a possible insurance policy (he does not count as a roster spot).

We did not use him last year until Trufant got hurt and what is to say a CB might not get hurt this year.

We also risk another team picking him up late in the season that we play either after week 10 or in the playoffs.