Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins moved from college football in Tulsa to the NFL, and in his first preseason game on Friday night, he looked like he belonged.
Collins tackled Cowboys running back Tony Pollard for a two-yard loss in the second play of the scrum, then added a hit from the quarterback and looked very comfortable as a performing player. defensive play calls.
“Yeah, I think for the games that we’ve been running we’ve been running pretty effectively as a defense,” Collins said, via the Republic of Arizona. “Making this good game at the start was obviously a good start. “
Collins, Isaiah Simmons and Jordan Hicks have played a lot together in three linebacker sets.
“It was more than I thought it would be,” Collins said via SI.com. “I felt comfortable in our defense. There was excellent communication between the three of us.
Collins won the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award last season as the best defensive player in college football, and the Cardinals drafted him with the 16th pick overall. Expectations for him are high and the Cardinals must be happy with what they have seen.