1. High praise for second-year linebacker Jamie Collins from Dont’a Hightower: “I feel like he’s blossomed a lot sooner than anybody [thought]. I feel like he was a lot more mature in his first year than some people are in their third year. Him coming in and learning the way he did his first year, you couldn’t tell he wasn’t a three- or four-year player. He’s helping out a lot, getting the younger guys in there and watching film and getting everything situated with them. Just like [Jerod] Mayo said, ‘we have old souls.’ We mature faster.”
2. Hightower was asked if the defense was ahead of schedule, and while he wouldn’t say that was the case, he acknowledged that the players are having a lot of fun because of their experience in the system and understanding the various checks within the scheme. Hightower felt his own play elevated late last season when he got to that point himself.
What do fans think of Hightower going into the season?