“He Studies His Butt Off”June 8th, 2014
When the Bucs made left tackle Anthony Collins a very wealthy man despite him never having started half an NFL season, it instantly made the signing one of the most controversial of the Tampa Bay offseason.
Collins, who turns 29 in November, is being asked to step up in a way he never has before — for a new offensive line with holes and question marks.
Joe’s pulling hard for Collins. If he fails, well, Joe doesn’t want to think about the fallout on the field, and how that could affect the 2015 draft.
The great news is Collins isn’t showing any signs of putting his feet up now that he’s locked up a five-year, $30 million contract, with about half that guaranteed.
Joe sees Collins’ great feet and quickness on the practice field, and Collins’ position coach, George Warhop, raved about his work ethic and perfectionism last week.
“I’ll tell you what. He’s done a nice job in the weight room. His body’s changed, based on what [strength coach] is doing with him in there. He’s done a nice job here. Technically, I’m different from what he had in Cincinnati and how we ask him to do things. It’s always a process, but he’s embracing and doing it right more and more and more every day as far as what I want,” Warhop said of Collins.
“I’m really impressed with A.C. He studies his butt off. I mean, he’s very prideful. He does not want to make a mistake, you know. And that goes a long way.”
As many Bucs fans know, the stat-nerd community loves Collins and claims he didn’t allow a sack through seven starts in 2013. There’s no doubt Collins is a strong football player, a guy who has played both tackle positions well in a fill-in-starter role.
The only real question marks on Collins are his durability, which has never been tested, and his run blocking. With opening-day kickoff just 13 Sundays from now, those answers are coming soon.