Cleveland Browns: 5 players whose stock dropped in Ravens’ Week 17 loss

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Jamie Collins

As an outside linebacker in the Browns’ 4-3 base scheme, it was imperative for Jamie Collins to step up and throw a wrench into the Ravens’ rushing attack.

It didn’t happen.

For a microcosm of how Collins played, look no further than Lamar Jackson’s 25-yard read-option touchdown run.

Collins didn’t pick up the switch when Damarious Randall took matched up the tight end, who was in motion. That parted the sea that Moses and LJ could’ve walked through.

Here’s the video. Collins is No. 51. You can’t miss him being totally faked out of his shoes.

I don’t know what Collins’ wrap is, whether he’s just collecting a check or injuries or preventing him from being the player he once was, but he was never the player he was with the New England Patriots.

I thought preseason was hint Collins’ playing time was going to wane. But then Mychael Kendricks was released for admitting to insider trading. Then as the season progressed, the Browns got banged up with Christian Kirksey going on IR and Joe Schobert missing a stretch with a bad hamstring.

Collins was needed, unfortunately, the bad moments outweighed the good by a landslide.

It will be a surprise to see him in  uniform next season. The fans will want to trade him. I don’t think that’s likely. Look for Collins to be released.