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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Jamie Collins

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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Jamie Collins

Leading up to the first day of training camp, we’re going to look at the most important Patriots, counting down from 10 to 1

5. JAMIE COLLINS

Why? The dude is a freak. F-R-E-A-K, FREAK! I’m sure you’ve seen the Instagram post, but in case you haven’t, you are very welcome. There's no better athlete on the Pats roster. Collins played quarterback at one point in his high school years, before converting to defensive back and now becoming one of the best young linebackers/players (yep, I just went there) in the NFL. And you know what I love about Collins? I think he’s just beginning to fully understand what he’s capable of. Mind meeting athleticism meeting experience meeting . . . holy crap, I’m a bad mammerjammer.

Previous Performance: Spent the first eight weeks (seven games) of last season looking like a nervous kid in a new school. No eye contact. Low talker. Then Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick unleashed the hounds against Peyton Manning and Denver, and Collins became Mr. Popular and damn near Mr. Perfect. The sight of Dont'a Hightower and Collins over the guard/center gap caused many a sleepless night for QBs, offensive linemen, offensive coordinators and all their families. I think anyone who watches the league would be hard-pressed to say there was a linebacker who played better. It didn't just come in flashes, either; it was a week-to-week consistency that often eludes younger players. 

Questions surrounding the player: Can he sustain it for a full season? Collins didn’t emerge until late in his rookie year, which was to be expected, but that slow start last year was somewhat unexpected, maybe because I placed unrealistic expectations on him based on how that rookie campaign ended. I’d also like to see him be a little more aggressive at the point of attack versus the run. There were a few games (season opener in Miami, first meeting vs. the Jets, against the Ravens in the playoffs) were he didn’t meet power with power. But again, that’s just part of the learning curve.

Overall Outlook: He’s already one of the best in the game. Can he became the best? I don’t see why not. This is gonna be fun.

Tom Brady throws to Julian Edelman in latest Instagram video

Tom Brady throws to Julian Edelman in latest Instagram video

Tom Brady posted a dual-purpose Instagram video on Sunday morning.

The one-minute video, laid over a track by Dorchester rapper Cousin Stizz, served as both an ad for TB12 Sports Therapy and confirmation (if there was any doubt) that Brady is putting in the time.

The video opens with Brady lying flat on his back in his Chestnut Hill home getting a rubdown on his right shoulder from body coach and TB12 partner Alex Guerrero.

Brady extols the importance of pliability – no man has ever done more for one word than Brady’s done for the word “pliable” – then the piece cuts to a field where Brady – in helmet and shoulder pads – is throwing to Julian Edelman.

It looks like the thing was shot at Pine Manor College. It may have been Thursday.

Beyond the Brady angle is the fact that Julian Edelman is also featured in the video.

Edelman, who also trains with Guerrero, is appealing a four-game suspension PED suspension. Guerrero released a statement reiterating TB12’s “natural, holistic, appropriate and, above all, legal approach to training and recovery for all of our clients” on the same day news of Edelman’s positive test came down.

Despite that and the fact Edelman’s positive test fostered speculation that whatever he tested positive for must have come from TB12, the video is proof Edelman isn’t being shunned by Brady or Guerrero despite the fact the positive test the negative pub it generated.

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Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:

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