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Notes: Jamie Collins is “ready to take it all on”

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On a new team in a season with many operational unknowns, he’s focused on the task at hand.

NFL: AUG 05 Lions-Patriots Joint Training Camp Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Given his long pedigree with the New England Patriots’ style of defense stretching back to Matt Patricia’s days in Foxboro, the seamless integration of free agent acquisition Jamie Collins Sr. into the Lions defense was a natural thing to assume. Speaking to the media via Zoom on Thursday, though, the newly-arrived linebacker made it clear he is also fitting right in with his new team off the field as well.

MLive’s Ben Raven highlighted the camaraderie between Collins and fellow linebacker Jarrad Davis at the start, linking back to mutual admiration expressed by Davis earlier in the week. When the questions turned to the special circumstances in 2020 due to COVID precautions, Collins focused on professionalism, trust, and readiness to work with his teammates and coaches. Justin Rogers from the Detroit News honed in on the fact that that Collins never considered opting out, and that he thinks everyone on the team is ready to deal with it together:

“That’s how we become a brotherhood — you hold your brother accountable. You can’t always hold his hand and walk across the street, you know what I’m saying? ... I know you’re going to do the right thing when I’m there; I need to know you’re going to do the right thing when I’m not there. And that’s what’s really important. You harp on that so much.”

Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press thought the veteran offered good thoughts on the ongoing nature of the pandemic and how the short deadline to make a decision may not be the end of the opt out issue. Under the final agreement, the league showed they agreed with what Collins was speaking about because the rules allow for players to make an opt out choice after the deadline if there are “changed circumstances” involving new risks or medical situations with their families.

While expectations were already high on what Collins could do for the Lions on the field, Thursday’s press appearance was an encouraging sign he is also delivering in the unit leadership department. And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Lions head coach Matt Patricia was on the Friday edition of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football:

  • According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions are still in the top 10 in 2020 cap space remaining after accounting for opt-out decisions (OverTheCap had them ninth in the league before opt-outs in effective cap space):

  • A fun blast from the past via the @NFLThrowback account: