Thursday, December 2

Meet Alex Collins, Seahawks backup RB Chris Carson and Irish dancer

Chris Carson has not been able to play as much of a role for the Seahawks starting the 2021 NFL season as he has in previous years. He’s dealing with a neck injury and has played 57 percent of the plays in Seattle’s first four games.

That has opened the door for Carson’s backup Alex Collins to win more snapshots. So far it has impressed.

Collins was a fifth-round pick for the Arkansas Seahawks in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was considered a potential starter when he was drafted.

It took some time, but it looks like Collins is on the mend. He has averaged 6.1 yards per carry this year, although the average has come in just 13 attempts. He scored the game-winning touchdown for the Seahawks on Sunday against the 49ers.

Collins is in line to work harder as Carson is unable to play the Rams on “Thursday Night Football.” That will give fans their first extended look at Collins as a starter since 2018. Here’s everything to know about his NFL career to date before the Week 5 divisional battle between Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Alex Collins started for two years with the Ravens

Collins spent the 2016 season in Seattle, but played sparingly as a rookie. He fought for a spot on the list in 2017 alongside Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, Chris Carson, Mike Davis, CJ Prosise, and JD McKissic. He was resigned on the eve of the season.

Soon after, Collins signed with the Ravens practice team to provide depth after Kenneth Dixon suffered a season-ending injury. He was promoted to the active roster after Danny Woodhead was injured in Week 1 of the 2017 season.

It was then that Collins’ career began to take off. He averaged 10.4 carries for 67 yards in his first five games with the Ravens, and then in Week 6 he started. He had two 100-yard rushing games that season and totaled 973 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

Collins entered 2018 as a starter for Baltimore. He wasn’t as productive, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in 10 games, and suffered a foot injury that left him unconscious for the past six weeks.

His career began to derail with the foot injury, but his biggest problem came in the 2019 offseason.

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Alex Collins was released by the Ravens after his arrest due to a car accident.

On March 1, 2019, Collins was involved in a single vehicle accident in Owings Mills, Maryland, near the Ravens facility. No one was injured, and Collins said his car turned on a snowy road.

Police responded to the scene and searched his vehicle. A marijuana smell gave officers probable cause to search the car. The search uncovered the following items, for

  • A large glass jar that contains approximately five ounces of marijuana.
  • A gun

Collins was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in excess of 10 grams, and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.

The Ravens released Collins hours after his arrest. The NFL subsequently suspended him for the first three games of the 2019 season. That year, he couldn’t find a job.

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The Seahawks re-signed Alex Collins out of necessity

Collins spent the 2019 NFL season out of the league, and he also didn’t sign anywhere during the first half of the 2020 season. Seattle finally brought him back after the team’s running back was weakened by injuries.

The Seahawks played the 49ers in Week 8 with only one completely healthy running back, Deejay Dallas. The team hired Collins for the practice team after that contest to shore up their depth.

Collins played sparingly in three games for Seattle. He had 77 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. But his performance caught the attention of coach Pete Carroll, who praised Collins after Seattle’s Week 17 win over San Francisco.

“He’s an excellent soccer player and he looks faster than ever,” Carroll said. by “He looks faster than ever and for him to get in there and finish that drive, it was perfect. I’m really excited for him and us, of course. He’s a good player, we love having him around.”

Carroll’s comments help explain why the Seahawks re-signed him in the offseason to compete for the No. 2 running back spot. Collins ended up landing the job after Rashaad Penny’s calf injury.

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What dance does Alex Collins do after scoring touchdowns?

Collins has a one-of-a-kind touchdown celebration – he performs Irish dance moves when he scores.

Collins is an avid dancer and takes Irish dance lessons during the offseason. He’s been dancing since 2016, when his high school coach’s daughter “challenged him to try it.” according to the Seattle Times. He has credited the practice with helping him perfect his footwork.

“I feel more explosive since now I am always alert”, Collins said in an interview from 2017. “I feel like now I have calf muscles like the Hulk.”

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