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Jamie Collins: ‘I’m going to do whatever I’m told to do’

05.08.14 at 1:46 pm ET
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FOXBORO — When the 2013 NFL Draft came around, Jamie Collins was not really paying attention except to find out where he would wind up.

When the Patriots nabbed him with their second-round pick out of Southern Mississippi, Collins was ready to do whatever he was asked to do. That would turn out to be very helpful as the Patriots selected him because of his reputation in college as one of the more versatile linebackers in college in the ’13 draft.

In his rookie season, Collins played both down and linebacker positions, showing he could get to the quarterback, play the run and drop in coverage.

Collins, asked this week to reflect on his first year in the pros, said once you have the talent, the rest is pretty elementary when you play for Bill Belichick.

“It’s pretty easy,” he said. “It’s not easy but it is easy. I don’t know if you get that or not. I’m going to do whatever I’m told to do. I’m the type of guy that is going to do what I have to do. I’m going to get it done, no matter what it is.”

In other words, Belichick has very specific plans for the linebacker, who showed up this spring in Foxboro looking bigger and stronger, all the more reason for the Patriots coaching staff to show more confidence in Collins, who began coming into his own as the 2013 regular season came to an end.

“Guys are different,” he said. “I just look at things and I just know it’s my job and I have to do what I have to do to survive. I was learning, regardless. But once a guy goes down, it’s next man up. You have to be strong. You lose a guy, the next man has to be ready to play. I’m excited to have him [back].

“Time will tell. As long as you’re doing your job and you’re doing the right things, no matter if it’s the beginning or end, just as long as you know what you’re doing. It’s an edge. You can use it to your advantage but anybody can do it if you put your mind to it.”

Collins was asked if he is like most athletic linebackers who play the edge and want to get after the quarterback on every down.

“Yeah, I prefer to rush to,” Collins said with a smile. “You never know. Time will tell. I’m just out here right now trying to get better, work on my craft. Just come out and work. Nothing is given to you. You have to come out and take it.”

Until 2013, Collins won’t be competing with Brandon Spikes for playing time after the vocal linebacker left for the Bills. How will that affect him in the locker room?

“Not sure yet. I haven’t been into that situation but I’m pretty sure it’ll be the same,” Collins said. “It’s a business. He’s a physical guy, funny guy but sometimes you just have to move on.”

What did he enjoy about the offseason before coming back to Foxboro?

“Stay at home, enjoy my family. That’s the main thing. I love my family. As long as I get to see them, I’m good,” Collins said.

He said he won’t be watching much of the draft this weekend, starting with Round 1 Thursday night.

“I’m not big on the draft,” he said. “I might catch a little bit of it but I’m not big on it.”

He doesn’t need to be now that he has his multi-layered role with the Patriots.

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