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.
- Signed by the Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year contract on March 19, 2014.
- Signed by the Saints to the active roster on January 13, 2011.
- Released by the Saints on September 18, 2010. Re-signed to the practice squad on September 23, 2010.
- Signed by the New Orleans Saints to the practice squad on September 13, 2010.
- Signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 6, 2010. Released by the Titans on September 4, 2010.
- Signed by the Browns on January 5, 2010. Released by the Browns on June 15, 2010.
- Signed by the Browns to the practice squad on December 2, 2009.
- Signed by the Arizona Cardinals to the practice squad on November 4, 2009. Released by the Cardinals on November 24, 2009.
- Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to a two-year contract on January 8, 2009. Released by the Chiefs on September 4, 2009.
- Signed by the Browns to the practice squad on December 11, 2008.
- Signed by the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent on November 26, 2008.
- Signed by the Chicago Bears to the practice squad on October 28, 2008. Released by the Bears on November 24, 2008.
- Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to the practice squad as an undrafted rookie free agent on September 3, 2008. Released by the Eagles on October 21, 2008.
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.
- In four postseason games (two starts) with the Saints, he has recorded three catches for 28 yards (9.3 avg).
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).
- Started and caught a career-high four passes for 17 yards and also carried three times for 11 yards at Chicago (10/6).
- Blocked for a rushing offense that gained 131 yards and averaged five yards per carry, while converting a one-yard rush into a first down and making a three-yard grab at New England (10/13).
- Started and carried twice for three yards with a one-yard touchdown dash and had a three-yard reception vs. San Francisco (11/17).
- Recorded the highest rushing total of his career on a 12-yard run at Seattle (12/2).
- Blocked for an offense that gained 185 yards on the ground in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia (1/4).
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.
- Started at Carolina (9/16) and blocked for a unit that finished with a season-high 163 rushing yards, including 110 for RB Pierre Thomas.
- Pulled in a six-yard touchdown reception at Kansas City (9/23). Also fell on a kickoff that he did not return at end of regulation.
- Recorded a season long 12-yard grab at Green Bay (9/30).
- Helped offense accumulate 404 total net yards while also adding one special teams tackle vs. San Diego (10/7).
- Made one special teams tackle, while also blocking for an offense that gained 440 total net yards, including 148 on the ground vs. Atlanta (11/11).
- Started and posted two receptions for a career-high 21 yards, while also blocking for a powerful running game that gained 151 yards at Oakland (11/18).
- Posted two receptions for nine yards, including a two-yard touchdown vs. San Francisco (11/25).
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.
- Scored a touchdown on a one-yard run at Jacksonville (10/2) on his first career offensive touch, helping power a running attack that gained 177 yards.
- On only his third-career touch at Carolina, (10/9), scored on a one-yard touchdown reception.
- His one-yard touchdown run vs. Indianapolis (10/23) gave New Orleans a 28-0 lead, as he blocked for a rushing attack that ran for 236 yards, the club’s highest total since 2006.
- In the regular season finale vs. Carolina (1/1), caught two passes for three yards, including one touchdown, blocking for a rushing attack that gained 164 yards, including the club’s first individual 100-yard game of the season.
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.
- As a senior, started all 12 games and finished with a career-high 52 receptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Also posted 12 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.
Earned Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors at linebacker for Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School.
- A licensed minister and active philanthropist in the community, has participated in the Rotolo’s literacy program, as well as other Saints events such as Hometown Huddle, the team’s annual food drive and Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.
- Majored in accounting at Washington State.
COLLINS’ SINGLE-GAME BESTS
- Receptions: 4 at Chi 10/6/13
- Receiving Yards: 21 at Oak 11/18
- Long Reception: 14 at Stl 10/30/11
- Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (four times) Last vs. SF 11/25/12
- Rushing Attempts: 3 at Car 12/22/13
- Rushing Yards: 12 at Sea 12/2/13
- Long Rush: 12 at Sea 12/2/13
- Rushing Touchdowns: 1 (three times) Last vs. SF 11/17/13