Hue Jackson doesn't want to waste any time with the newest component of Cleveland's defense.
Jackson said Monday the Browns coaches will work with newly acquired linebacker Jamie Collins "day and night if we have to" in order to have him ready for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Jackson called the Pro Bowl linebacker a "tremendous football player" who is capable of handling a number of roles within the Browns' defense.
"I think he is a tremendous pass rusher. He can play linebacker, I think there are several things he can do," Jackson said. "He has a real versatile skill set you know because he has done both there in New England so we will definitely find ways to plug him in and have him be a contributing member to our defense."
The Browns acquired Pro Bowl LB Jamie Collins from the New England Patriots on Monday. Take a look at his football career so far.
The Browns parted with a 2017 conditional draft pick in exchange for Collins, a 2015 Pro Bowl linebacker who is in the midst of his fourth NFL season. Already this season, the 27-year-old has 43 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and a forced fumble. Considered to be one of the NFL's top "monsterbacks" -- a term dubbed by ESPN to describe athletic players who are used all over the field in a variety of ways at linebacker and in the secondary -- Collins comes to Cleveland with a clean slate and clear understanding of how he can help a struggling Browns defense.
"We see a player that is very talented and has a tremendous skill set that fits in with what we do, so he is a Cleveland Brown now," Jackson said.
The Browns have presented a number of different looks on their young defense throughout the season, and a number of the players have been used at multiple spots. In New England, Collins was used as a Sam linebacker in the team's 4-3 base defense. At Southern Miss, Collins entered as an athlete, began his career at safety and finished up at linebacker.
The next few days and coming weeks will focus on positioning Collins in the best possible place to make the most possible plays.
"I think it is where his comfort level is, what is most important and then we will kind of work around that," Jackson said.
Browns players have yet to meet their newest teammate, but they left the building Monday after a day's worth of film evaluation, meetings and treatment excited about the prospects. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor said Collins stood out on tape when he prepared for the Patriots earlier in the month, and rookie Corey Coleman lauded the front office for bringing in another piece the Browns can build with as they look to construct a roster that can come together and thrive in the present and future.
"It is the league, it is all about getting players to make plays and getting the best players out there. He is one of the better linebackers that is in the league, so why not get a jump on him and bring him in?" linebacker Christian Kirksey said. "I think it is a good move for us to bring a veteran guy in, bring a guy that knows how to win and knows how to make plays, and we will see where he fits in on this defense."