Collins was active for every 2012 game and played in five contests, primarily as No. 2 LT behind Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth ... Has had periodic assignments as a starter during his Bengals career ... Has 18 starts among his 44 games played.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Bengals in fourth round of 2008 NFL Draft (112th overall) ... Signed on 7-27-08 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-23-12.
2012 RECAP: Played in five games (Games 8 and 10-11, 14 and 16) ... Saw extended action Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, replacing ejected LT Andrew Whitworth in fourth quarter ... Replaced Whitworth (concussion) in game Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Saw action at LT on Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, as starters were rested in second half ... Active-DNP in Games 1-7, 9, 12-13 and 15 ... Also Active-DNP in Wild Card playoff ... Played in all four preseason games.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008—Fourth-round draft pick played in nine games, with starts at LT in Games 11-16, replacing injured Levi Jones ... Helped team finish year on a three-game win streak, and supported Cincinnati’s two best rushing games of the season in the final two contests ... NFL debut was in reserve role Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee.
2009—Helped division championship club finish ninth in NFL in rushing (128.5 yards per game) and ninth in fewest sacks allowed (29) ... Held No. 1 RT spot for Games 1-5, and was in reserve role for remainder of season; credited with starts in Games 7-8, as offense opened in formations with six offensive linemen ... Active-DNP in Wild Card playoff vs. Jets ... Aided 141-yard rushing game by Cedric Benson on Sept. 20 at Green Bay ... Helped lead fourth-quarter drives of 85 and 71 yards during comeback win Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh ... Helped support a 5.1-yard team rushing average in win Oct. 4 at Cleveland ... In win Oct. 11 at Baltimore, helped limit Ravens defense to one sack while helping Benson (27-for-120) become first player in 40 games to rush for 100 yards against Baltimore.
2010—Saw action in nine games, including the final eight, and was promoted to No. 1 RT spot for Games 15-16 ... Helped offense rank second in AFC in fewest sacks allowed per passing play ... Played key role in Bengals allowing no sacks in season’s final three games ... Supported 371-net yard performance with no sacks allowed in win Dec. 26 vs. San Diego.
2011—Played in seven games (Games 1, 7 and 12-16), with starts at RT Dec. 11 vs. Houston and Dec. 18 at St. Louis, replacing injured Andre Smith ... Active-DNP in five games and inactive for four games ... Inactive for Wild Card playoff ... Contributed to pass protection that ranked tied for fourth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (25) ... Played as replacement Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh after Smith left game in second quarter with ankle injury, and also saw brief action on defense as extra lineman in short-yardage situations.
COLLEGE: Played 32 games over three seasons (2005-07) at Kansas ... Earned multiple first-team All-America honors in ’07, starting at LT as Kansas posted 12-1 record with victory over Virginia Tech in FedEx Orange Bowl ... Redshirted as a freshman in 2004, and left KU following his junior season to enter NFL Draft ... As a junior, credited with 108 knockdowns and 15 TD-producing blocks for an offense that averaged 479.8 yards per game, and he was penalized only twice all season.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Beaumont, Texas ... Attended Central High School, where he played football only as a senior and earned Class 4A all-state honors as a DE ... African-American studies major at Kansas.
Make no mistake. Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals left tackle and de facto offensive captain, wants Andre Smith to re-sign so the offense can return a guy that has started 32 of its last 34 games and has been the right tackle for two playoff runs.
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