After being signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on November 15, cornerback Jalen Collins has been elevated to the active roster with one week remaining in the regular season.
Collins was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of LSU. He was projected to be the first round pick in early mock drafts but the results of failed drug tests knocked him into the second round. In 24 career games (all with the Falcons), including eight starts, Collins racked up 43 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, and two interceptions.
Collins was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2017 NFL season for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances. As a result, the Falcons released him once he served his suspension. Later that season, Collins was suspended yet another 4 games for unspecified reasons.
On April 9th of this year, the LSU grad was suspended for the fourth time in his career and earned himself another ten-game suspension. The Colts signed him to the practice squad in November.
He can definitely become a key asset to the young defensive back unit on the Colts. If he is active on Sunday night, do not be surprised if you see him out on the field.
In a corresponding move, QB Phillip Walker was signed back onto the practice squad, a move that has begun to seem like the new norm for Walker and the Colts.
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It will be interesting to see if Collins plays any snaps on Sunday night, as the Colts take on the Tennessee Titans in a win-and-you’re-in game.