Well, well, well. Guess who decided to show up?
Green Bay Packers starting safety, Nick Collins. That’s who.
Collins has been staying away from Packers’ offseason activities while he pisses and moans about his contract. However, on Wednesday, Collins showed up at OTAs, where his Packers teammates have been for several weeks now.
Collins did not participate in the full practice. Rather, he only went through walk-throughs and then went with the rehab group.
This is strange considering that the Packers are implementing a new defensive scheme and Collins may face some real competition for his starting position if he doesn’t get his ass on the field soon.
“(Learning this 3-4) is a long process,” safety Anthony Smith, who worked in a similar 3-4 scheme with the Pittsburgh Steelers the past three years, told the Green Bay Press Gazette. “You can ask anybody who’s ever been in it, it takes a couple years to learn it, to really get the concept of it.”
No one would say peep about Collins contract situation after practice. Collins was nowhere to be found and both his agent and Packers GM Ted Thompson declined to comment.
Despite all of the nothingness coming out of the Collins camp, it’s nice that he finally decided to show up, and we anticipate this signals that he’ll be around next week when the Packers first mandatory mini-camp starts.
Let’s hope that Collins gets the contract that he deserves and let’s hope that he picks up the defense quickly.