Jed Collins a ‘Silent Assassin’ and Big Part of Improved Saints Run Game (Who Dat Dish)

Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints fullback Jed Collins (45) celebrates his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the end zone after handing off the ball to back judge Greg Wilson (119) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

They say the fullback position is dying.

Tell that to Jed Collins.

The New Orleans Saints have a rapidly improving run game, and the fullback Collins is the main reason according to a few of his teammates.

Zach Strief  and Pierre Thomas had this to say about the improvements Collins has made per Bradley Handwerger of WWLTV:

“He’s as big a reason that it’s improving as anybody,” right tackle Zach Strief said. “He has been awfully physical for us. We run a lot of lead plays and he has been good and he’s a guy that never gets mentioned ever.”

Added running back Pierre Thomas, “You can basically say he’s a silent assassin. I mean, he don’t get the credit he deserves as much but he makes things happen out there.”

Collins says he has had to overcome an intimidation factor of his position at the pro level, but now enjoys it:

“You hit them and it’s an even block but they walk away and it sounds like they beat you 10 times worse,” Collins said. “My first year or two it was definitely getting over the intimidation.”

That’s exactly what a team like the Saints needs. A high-flying passing attack has a bit of a finesse reputation, so a fullback in the traditional sense who can hit defenders in the mouth on every down makes a huge difference.

Collins’ emergence gives the Saints offense an attitude and physicality it has missed in recent years.

 

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