FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - When the season started, the Patriots' top pick in last year's draft barely got on the field on defense, playing just six snaps when the opponent had the ball in the first two games.
Collins played just 52 defensive snaps in the Patriots' first six games. But Mayo tore a chest muscle in a 30-27 win over New Orleans and Collins started nine of the other 11 games. In his last five games, he's played 67 percent of the defensive snaps.