It appears the days of Matthew Stafford slinging the pigskin fifty-some times a game are gone.
Under the new regime, the Detroit Lions appear to be molding themselves to a more conventional offense and the recent signing of fullback Jed Collins suggests more of the same.
Per Pro Football Talk:
Collins has been well traveled during his NFL career though spent the last three seasons as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Of course, his talents weren’t exactly utilized the best given the high-powered passing offense of the Saints, but Collins ranked out as the best lead blocking fullback in 2011 by PFF, so he has a high quality history.
It’s great news for the Lions rushing game who will likely improve thanks to the addition of the premier blocking fullback.
Collins isn’t much in terms of catches out of the backfield, but if you need a block, he’ll deliver it more times than not.