Alex Collins was “shocked” Seahawks cut him

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Alex Collins emerged as one of the best running backs in the NFL in 2017 despite getting cut by the Seahawks just before the start of the regular season. Once he caught on with the Ravens, Collins was a huge asset to them, but he’s still a bit surprised he didn’t make it in Seattle.

“I was shocked. It definitely wasn’t my mindset,” Collins said on PFT Live when asked for his reaction to getting cut. “It was a lot to take in. Being cut, not knowing what was next, the next chapter in your life, so definitely there was a lot of confusion there and I was just discombobulated because I didn’t know what was next for me.”

Asked if Collins is confident he’s the No. 1 running back in Baltimore going forward, Collins said he has learned never to approach things that way.

“Not at all. I never want to get complacent,” he said. “I’ll always be trying to improve my game.”

That’s great news for the Ravens, who got a bargain when the Seahawks foolishly cut Collins.

57 responses to “Alex Collins was “shocked” Seahawks cut him

  1. I would love to know how made that call and to know if they are still employed by the Seahawks. The Seahawks personnel moves have been very strange in recent years.

  2. The Seahawks running game was so good they did not need him. After all, Wilson is their #1 running back. That saves the risk of a handoff.

  3. Consider it a blessing. You don’t want to play for that pitiful franchise. The wheels are coming off the bandwagon, like rats deserting a ship. Its glorious to watch.

  4. Be grateful you got cut. With Seattle’s abysmal OL it is likely you would not have done as well. As it turned out, it was better for you landing in Baltimore, with a far better OL.

  5. And the seahawks cut him and kept
    Thomas Rawls
    Eddie Lacy
    C.J.Prosise

    and other underwhelming/injured players.

    The only word for the 2017 Seahawks season is hubris.

  6. Hindsight’s always 20/20. The same people asking who cut him are the same people who ask why player XYZ hasn’t been cut.

  7. This is the great thing about the NFL…teams can’t stockpile talent
    I’m sure Seattle wanted to keep him, but you can only keep so many guys
    He got another opportunity elsewhere and produced
    In fact it is the story of America!

  8. From what I’ve heard, a lot of teams would’ve cut the guy Alex Collins was in Hawks camp. He obviously refocused and became a much better player after being cut once.

  9. It would be one thing if he was a rookie free agent – they drafted him and had a year to evaluate him!! So crazy, thanks Hawks

  10. Collins was really a slip by Seattle, but to be honest I don’t think Barry Sanders could run behind Seattle’s o-line. Collins wasn’t really a fit for Seattle’s zone scheme, and he and every other back in Seattle is just set up for failure. Collins looks like a natural fit in Baltimore and he’s only getting better.

  11. I didn’t see the Seahawks preseason, so I don’t know how well he ran, but is it that big of a surprise with Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy on the roster? Yes, Lacy hasn’t been Lacy in years, but a lot of teams aren’t going to admit they made a mistake that early.

  12. In the midst of all these awesome comments, and the story itself, does anyone realize that this is a runner averaging 65 yards a game, 973 yards a season? Solid but hardly a “why would you give this guy up” kind of stats. Yes better than what the Seahawks ended up with, but who knows what might have been had Chris Carson stayed healthy. He looks to be a solid option at RB in the NW.

  13. The Seahawks though Lacy would decide he wanted to play football. Turns out Lacy is as lazy as everyone thought he was.

  14. It was Chris Carson who was kept over Alex Collins. Carson was doing great until he was injured.

  15. Yep! We were all shocked. Eddie Lacy instead of Alex Collins? That was one really horrible decision.

    Yep! It’s not like Eddie Lacy had any extra baggage following him or his midsection around for the past three years, did he?

  16. Well, they’ll definitely need him considering they kept Morningwheg and have “elite” Joe Flacco still.

  17. Consider it a blessing. You don’t want to play for that pitiful franchise. The wheels are coming off the bandwagon, like rats deserting a ship. Its glorious to watch.
    _____________________________

    Congrats on 4th place. And good luck with Jimmy G, who the Niners will vastly overpay for because of a fluke meaningless 5 game streak. If he was really worth anything the Pats would have never let him go. Seahawks will roll again next season. Bank on it.

  18. He could be even better next year with a Ravens line that will get back Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis. Props to their replacements for jelling and playing better as the season went on but Hurst and Skura are not those aforementioned guys.

  19. So the Hawks cut Collins so and kept T-Rich 2.0?

    Those are the kind of decision that gets head coaches fired – unless they throw everyone else overboard first.

  20. @eagleswin. I agree with you. The Hawks personnel moves have been very questionable. Like trading back out off the first round with San fran instead taking the best OL in the draft that the Saints picked. Russel has been running for his life this year. Go figure.

  21. @illumination666 says:

    Collins was really a slip by Seattle, but to be honest I don’t think Barry Sanders could run behind Seattle’s o-line. ===================================================================================
    Barry Sanders would have been even better behind that line. Just think of his highlight reel and all of the moves and broken ankles he created just to get out of the backfield! LOL

  22. Proof that even for the professionals evaluating talent is more an art than a science. Seattle’s rise was built on getting it right on lots of personnel decisions and their fall has been fueled by them returning to the mean and making lots of bad choices.

  23. Lol if you think the Seahawks could accurately assess RB talent while fielding that godawful offensive line. It wouldn’t have mattered who they sent out there. If we’d kept Collins, his name wouldn’t be known to anyone but Seattle fans as “that guy who also can’t get any yards but I guess is still viewed by the coaches as being 100x better than Thomas Rawls…”

    I’m glad he got cut and had the chance to shine somewhere else. I hope Seattle really steps up the O-line game this season. Marshawn v.2.0 doesn’t exist, and the offense can’t be “Just wait until third down and Russell will fix it” forever.

  24. Thank God the Ravens landed him. Our running game would have been last in the league if not for him.

    One of the bright spots from last year’s inept offense.

  25. jsuch2 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Probably another reason Cable/Bevell are looking for work.

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    Except cutting players is usually the job of the GM or HC… mysteriously they escaped all punishment for their decisions while the lower level guys left with dog crap to play with were axed.

    Just hope the new coaches realize they don’t have a 2nd or 3rd round pick this year and no 2nd round pick next year. Oh and after losing Graham to free agency, and adding about 30-40 million to the cap to re-sign Brown and Richardson, they won’t have much cap or many draft picks to fill the holes that existed in 2017, let alone the new ones created by recent injuries to the defensive side.

  26. I don’t know anything about his time in Seattle, but it’s possible the Seahawks didn’t like something about him. It might have opened up his eyes to whatever he was doing wrong, and changed his ways in Baltimore. I don’t know. We’re barely through the first chapter in this book, so let’s just keep reading and see how the story goes before we write our review.

  27. too bad he went to Baltimore, a team on a steady decline. they will be in the afc north basement in two years.

  28. reddzen says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:16 am
    In the midst of all these awesome comments, and the story itself, does anyone realize that this is a runner averaging 65 yards a game, 973 yards a season? Solid but hardly a “why would you give this guy up” kind of stats.
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    Your numbers are way off. He wasn’t on the active roster this year until week 6, and really didn’t take over the starting job until week 8 or 9. So really you’re talking 973 yards in 8 games for a 122+ yard average. I’d say that’s better than “solid” stats.

  29. seabrawk12 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:51 am
    Consider it a blessing. You don’t want to play for that pitiful franchise. The wheels are coming off the bandwagon, like rats deserting a ship. Its glorious to watch.
    _____________________________

    Congrats on 4th place. And good luck with Jimmy G, who the Niners will vastly overpay for because of a fluke meaningless 5 game streak. If he was really worth anything the Pats would have never let him go. Seahawks will roll again next season. Bank on it.

    ——————————————

    It is always funny when i read things like this. You can tell who is either a 9er hater or doesnt know football when they say what Jimmy did was a fluke. Watch the breakdown of the kid’s film. He has elite level pocket skills. The only current QBs who have better fundamentals and intangibles in the pocket in 2018 are Brady and Rodgers. That is literally it. Go ahead and hate but i DARE YOU to break down his game in comparison to other QBs and say im wrong. When he gets his footwork perfected he will be an all pro.

  30. Hey our o-line sucks and we have no run game, let’s cut the RB with the best feet and keep the slow out of shape overpriced guy instead.

    Hey our secondary is banged up and we can’t cover anymore, so let’s also subtract from our pass rush by cutting a guy who had 3 sacks in 4 games so we can call up a practice squad #7 WR.

    The brilliance of the 2017 Seahawks.

  31. Seahawks have been living off the reputation of previous drafts when they found Sherman, Wagner and Chancellor. They haven’t drafted a top talent since then and the good players that they have drafted they couldn’t figure it out and let them go because Wilson has been holding that team back for the past few seasons.

    When will the excuses stop? “the o-line is terrible” yet it’s filled with 1st and 2nd rd picks. “we have no run game” yet Collins is thriving with the Ravens. “we have no weapons for Wilson to throw to” yet they have 2 pro bowl pass catchers when most teams are lucky to have 1.

  32. scmems07 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Seahawks have been living off the reputation of previous drafts when they found Sherman, Wagner and Chancellor. They haven’t drafted a top talent since then and the good players that they have drafted they couldn’t figure it out and let them go because Wilson has been holding that team back for the past few seasons.

    When will the excuses stop? “the o-line is terrible” yet it’s filled with 1st and 2nd rd picks. “we have no run game” yet Collins is thriving with the Ravens. “we have no weapons for Wilson to throw to” yet they have 2 pro bowl pass catchers when most teams are lucky to have 1.

    ————————————-

    Exactly. Their drafts sine 2012 have produced maybe 1-2 better than average caliber players. So many busts and underwhelming picks in that time. Alex Collins and Spencer Ware are 2 players they drafted who could have helped this team and they decided to part ways with both. Their front office decisions since 2012 have been very poor. A big reason why their tumbling into mediocrity from an elite caliber team for 2-3 years.

  33. Collins was decent, but never eye-opening during his time at Seattle. They thought Carson was the better bet – and that may still prove out.

    In hindsight, Lacy was a big waste of a roster spot, but his prior history merited a longer look. That was the idea at least.

    Man, the Hawks are taking a lot of commenter heat for a 9-7 season . . .

  34. Proof that every personnel dept in the NFL makes mistakes. With the horrid offensive line in 2016, SEA cut Jahri Evans at the end of training camp. He went back to the Saints at a cheaper price and played a more than solid season for them. Jahri did the same thing in GB this season. SEA could have used both those guys. But nobody’s perfect. GB let Hayward go b/c he was always hurt and made some terrible mistakes in the 2014 NFC Championship game and then he turns into an All-Pro.

    And SEA hasn’t had a great draft in some time.

  35. Doesn’t this kind of thing happen all the time on almost every team. Unproven talent doesn’t get a chance to really excel in new environment and gets cut. Something on new team clicks and he shines. Surprised its a story, except that Seattle’s reputation is for seeing potential in unproven talent like Wilson, Sherman, etc.

  36. Collins was cut because in his rookie year he fumbled in a big situation in the regular season almost costing us a victory, and in this years pre-season he fumbled some more. Pete don’t like fumbling running backs. Collins was better off going somewhere else. Congrats to him on the good year.

  37. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    January 11, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Where did he learn the word discombobulated?
    ——————-

    He probably heard Harbaugh use it when he was talking about what Belichick did to him with the ineligible receiver plays.

  38. Criticize the Seahawks if you want to; between the 2016 season and the 2017 preseason Collins carried the ball about 50 times and fumbled it 3 times which was also a criticism for him in college. Pete Carroll isn’t keeping a back who’s on track to fumble at least once if not twice a game.

  39. Eddie Lacy. Adrian Peterson. Marshawn Lynch. Jamaal Charles. When will teams realize to take a chance on a younger player rather than one a RB with lots of wear and tear?

  40. please remind Alex He had fumbles in EVERY game he was in…in the preseason and regular seasons – averaging 1 fumbles every 20 carries.

    sadly, the starting rb for hawks was hurt in the 1st game….He’ll be back.

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