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."While they are obviously different players who play different positions Hjalte Froholdt NFL Draft , there are definitely more than a few parallels between Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung. While they were both second round picks who had a lot of potential coming in, Collins had three very productive years with the Patriots, one of which ended in a second-team All-Pro nomination and a Pro Bowl berth. Chung, on the other hand, was not very good the first time around with the team.The team, and fan base, however, had soured on both before they left the team the first time. That is something they most definitely have in common. The question I can’t get out of my head is: Why bring Collins back at this point? The most logical explanation is one that brings us back to Chung’s situation. Cut with two years left on his deal with the Eagles, the Patriots decided to bring Chung back on a one-year deal. Keep in mind, he was only gone for one season. But in that year, the Patriots figured something out. Instead of using him as a prototypical safety, they needed to move him into the box and around the formation. Chung has turned into a master and covering tight ends Hjalte Froholdt Buffalo Bills Jersey , and has become an incredibly important part of the defense.Why is this relevant? I think the Patriots are going to do something similar with Collins. Think about it, he was traded from the Patriots around reports that he was “freelancing” and not doing what he was supposed to be on defense. What if the coaching and scouting staff figured something out while watching him in Cleveland? That certainly would explain why Collins is back with the Patriots. Collins was also cut with two years left on his deal. He had signed a 4 year, $50M contract with the Browns, and they decided, since the guaranteed money was gone, they didn’t want to pay his $10.5M salary this year. The Patriots certainly took their time making it official, but bringing him back should be a clear message: They think this time will be different.The only reason to think that is because they have figured out exactly how he fits in. Maybe he’s not a prototypical linebacker, and they are going to be playing him in specific situations. Whatever they have planned, you should be excited. When is the last time the Patriots had so much talent and athleticism on defense? They’re going to be a fun team to watch, and something tells me Collins is going to play a role in that. Pat is a host of The Patriot Nation Podcast Interact with him on Twitter @plane_patsPatriots reportedly re-sign running back Kenjon Barner, lose cornerback Cyrus Jones to the Ravens The New England Patriots’ front office continues its busy two-day stretch. After reports from earlier today that the team made four practice squad transactions, it has reportedly also filled the previously open spot on its active 53-man roster: the Patriots decided to re-sign running back and punt returner Kenjon Barner – marking the third time that the veteran signed a contract in New England over the last month.Barner Youth Devin McCourty Jerseys , who spent the majority of his first five years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, first joined the Patriots on September 11. Filling the roster spot created by Jeremy Hill tearing his ACL, the Oregon product failed to stick around and after just one week with – and without appearing in a game – he was let go again. It did not take him long to return to New England, though.After running back Rex Burkhead joined Hill on the injured reserve list, Barner was again brought on board to fill the newly created roster spot. This time, he even saw playing time an registered three carries for 11 yards during the Patriots’ blowout win over the Miami Dolphins. However, he still did not do enough to be kept around: with Julian Edelman returning from a four-game suspension, Barner was again the odd man out.Now, he is back again to fill the open roster spot created by the release of former second-round draft pick Cyrus Jones. Like Jones, Barner has experience running back kicks. Playing for the Eagles in 2017, he returned 27 punts for an average of 8.9 yards as well as 10 kickoffs for an average of 19.4 yards. He also muffed three punts. His offensive output, meanwhile Devin McCourty Jerseys Stitched , was rather limited: Barner registered just 21 touches for 113 yards and a touchdown.Back in New England, Barner will likely fill the same role he held during his first two stints with the team: he will be a backup option at running back to provide depth behind Sony Michel and James White. Furthermore, he provides the Patriots with an additional body to run back punts and kickoffs.As mentioned above, the Patriots recently parted ways with Cyrus Jones: the cornerback and punt returner was let go on Saturday after being a healthy scratch during the Patriots’ Thursday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. Jones was a candidate to re-join the team via its practice squad but instead has found a new albeit familiar home. The Baltimore Ravens successfully claimed the 24-year old on waivers.Jones originally joined the Patriots as a second-round draft pick in 2016. After struggling mightily early on during his rookie season on both defense and special teams, and effectively being redshirted afterwards, the Alabama product appeared to be on his way to bounce back one year later. However, he tore his ACL in the preseason and was subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve.After getting released during 2018’s roster cuts, Jones was added to the Ravens’ practice squad. Two weeks later, New England added him to its active roster again: Jones appeared in two games for the team as a depth defender and punt returner. He looked solid – returning five kicks for 45 yards – but failed to hold onto the job after Julian Edelman was activated to the 53-man roster. His release was therefore no surprise.