NYDailyNews For the second straight year, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins will be suspended for the start of the season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancers. This time, the suspension carries a bigger bite: 10 games. The NFL announced Sunday that Collins has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the 2017 season. He was suspended for the first four games in 2016. Collins, a second-round pick in 2015, has said he failed drug tests at Louisiana State. The suspension will be costly to the Falcons’ depth. Collins started six games last season and had two interceptions. He moved into the lineup after star cornerback Desmond Trufant was placed on IR with a torn pectoral muscle. Collins will be eligible to return to the active roster following the team’s game against Seattle on Nov. 20.
There are huge expectations for the Atlanta Falcons defense this season, they have several young players who are on the verge of breaking out into stardom, and they complemented these young players with talented veterans who are battle tested. However, the Falcons depth in the secondary just took a major hit for the early portion of the 2017 season, as defensive back Jalen Collins was suspended for the first ten games of the season after testing positive for PEDs. Collins was expected to be the Falcons third corner on 2017, and when forced into a starting role in 2016 due to Desmond Trufant’s injury, he showed promise. When the Atlanta Falcons selected Jalen Collins in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, many were surprised, because Collins was obviously talented but had major red flags because he failed multiple drug tests at LSU. Collins was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, now he will miss the first ten games of the 2017 season, and his next violation will cost him a year ban. If Jalen Collins wants to preserve his career, he needs to stop using drugs right now, he is clearly not able to get around the drug tests and with his second contract coming up no NFL team is going to pay a player who cannot be trusted to stay on the field.