Aviante Collins

American football player (born 1993)

American football player
Aviante Collins
No. 74 – Chicago Bears
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-21) April 21, 1993 (age 30)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:Willowridge (Houston, Texas)
College:TCU
Undrafted:2017
Career history
  • Minnesota Vikings (2017–2020)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2021)*
  • Dallas Cowboys (2021–2022)
  • Chicago Bears (2023–present)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:8
Games started:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Aviante Collins (born April 21, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at TCU.

Early years

Collins attended Willowridge High School in Houston, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman in football and a four-year letterwinner in track and field. He finished third in the shot put at the Class 5A state championships as a sophomore and junior and took fourth as a senior (56'1"). He was the regional champion in the shot put as a senior with a personal-best mark of 59'1/2".[1]

Collins was viewed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com at offensive tackle, and was ranked as the No. 175 recruit in the state of Texas and the No. 91 offensive tackle overall in the nation. After initially committing to Houston, he ultimately decided to play college football at TCU, turning down scholarship offers from the Cougars and Arizona State.

College career

Collins accepted a football scholarship from Texas Christian University. As true freshman in 2012, he started all 13 games. He began the season at left tackle, before being moved to right tackle.[2]

As a sophomore in 2013, he started 9 contests, the first three at left tackle and the final six at right tackle. As a junior in 2014, he was passed on the depth chart by Tayo Fabuluje at left tackle and Collins was moved to right tackle behind Joseph Noteboom. He appeared in 8 games with one start.[3]

In 2015, he suffered a leg injury in the third game against Southern Methodist University and was given a medical redshirt. As a senior in 2016, he started all 13 games at right tackle. He finished his college career after appearing in 49 games with 36 starts. He also practiced track and field.

Professional career

Pre-draft

Collins was the top performer at his position in the 2017 NFL Combine; his official 4.81-second 40-yard dash is the third-fastest time ever by an offensive lineman, trailing only Terron Armstead (4.71 seconds) and Lane Johnson (4.72 seconds) on the all-time list. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times, which tied for the second-best mark among all participants at the Combine.[4]

External videos
video icon Collins' NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+18 in
(1.93 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.81 s 1.69 s 2.81 s 4.75 s 7.85 s 24 in
(0.61 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
34 reps
All values from NFL Combine except agility drills, vertical and broad jumps from Pro Day[5][6][7]

Minnesota Vikings

Collins was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2017 NFL Draft on May 1, 2017.[8]

He competed with Jeremiah Sirles, Reid Fragel, and Rashod Hill to be a backup offensive tackle. Collins was named the third string right tackle behind starter Mike Remmers and backup Rashod Hill to begin the regular season.[9] As a rookie, he played in three games in a reserve role.

On September 10, 2018, Collins was placed on injured reserve with a torn biceps.[10]

In 2019, he suffered a leg injury during training camp that limited his performance. On August 31, 2019, Collins was waived by the Vikings and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[11][12] He was promoted to the active roster on November 14, 2019.[13] He started in the season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Collins was waived on September 5, 2020, and signed to the Vikings practice squad the next day.[14][15] He was elevated to the active roster on November 21 for the team's week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys, and reverted to the practice squad after the game.[16] His practice squad contract with the team expired after the season on January 11, 2021.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On February 2, 2021, Collins signed a reserve/futures contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[18] He was waived on August 24, 2021.[19]

Dallas Cowboys

On September 6, 2021, Collins was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

He signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on January 18, 2022. On August 30, 2022, Collins was waived by the Cowboys and signed to the practice squad the next day.[20][21] On November 23, 2022, he was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad. On December 3, 2022, he was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad. On December 10, 2022, he was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad. On January 16, 2023, he was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad. On January 21, 2023, he was promoted to the active roster for the NFC Divisional Playoffs game against the San Francisco 49ers. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

Chicago Bears

On July 26, 2023, Collins signed with the Chicago Bears.[22] He was released on August 29, 2023 and re-signed to the practice squad.[23][24] He was promoted to the active roster on September 20.[25] He was released on October 29,[26] but re-signed to their practice squad the following day.[27] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 8, 2024.[28]

Personal life

His father, Bill, was a notable sprinter at TCU, who won two Southwest Conference titles in the 100 metres in 1974 and 1975. He was inducted into the TCU Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame. His mother, Robin Stephens, received All-American honors at the University of Houston in 1984.[29]

References

  1. ^ "TRACK Deer Park shot putter has shot at state title after strong regional effort". Chron.com. May 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Frogs' 2012 freshman class was 'different'". ESPN. April 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Spring depth chart analysis: TCU". ESPN. May 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Aviante Collins Boasts Speed As Advantage, Runs Third Best 40 Time In History Of Combine For OL". NFL. March 3, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Aviante Collins Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  6. ^ "Aviante Collins Runs 4.81 40-Yard Dash". Seahawks.com. Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  7. ^ "2017 NFL Draft Scout Aviante Collins College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vikings Agree To Terms With 13 Rookie Free Agents". Vikings.com. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Minnesota Vikings depth chart: 08/31/2017". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Vikings Sign G Bryan Witzmann, Place Aviante Collins on IR". Vikings.com. September 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". Vikings.com. August 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Vikings Fill Initial 2019 Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "Vikings Sign Aviante Collins to Active Roster, Place Brett Jones on Reserve/Injured". Vikings.com. November 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Peters, Craig; Smith, Eric (September 5, 2020). "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  15. ^ "Vikings Claim LB Ryan Connelly, Add 13 Players To Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Vikings Activate FB C.J. Ham, Announce Roster Moves". Vikings.com. November 21, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  17. ^ "Five players have contracts expire". FantasyGuru.com. January 11, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  18. ^ Popejoy, Curt (February 2, 2021). "Steelers sign OT Aviante Collins to Reserve/Future contract". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Steelers reduce roster to 80". Steelers.com. August 24, 2021.
  20. ^ Eatman, Nick (August 30, 2022). "Cowboys Make 28 Moves To Reach Roster Limit". DallasCowboys.com.
  21. ^ Eatman, Nick (August 31, 2022). "Rush, Grier & Maher Among Practice Squad Signees". DallasCowboys.com.
  22. ^ "Bears sign OT Aviante Collins, waive OT Lorenz Metz". Bears Wire. July 26, 2023. Retrieved July 26, 2023.
  23. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 29, 2023). "Roster Moves: Bears reach NFL's 53-man roster limit". ChicagoBears.com.
  24. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2023). "Roster Moves: Bears sign 11 players to practice squad". ChicagoBears.com.
  25. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 20, 2023). "Roster Moves: Bears put Braxton Jones on IR". ChicagoBears.com.
  26. ^ "Jaquan Brisker downgraded to out for Sunday night game vs. Chargers". ChicagoBears.com. October 29, 2023.
  27. ^ Broude, Nate (October 30, 2023). "Bears Re-sign OL Aviante Collins To Practice Squad". NFLTradeRumors.co.
  28. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 8, 2024). "Roster Moves: Bears sign 10 to reserve/future contracts". ChicagoBears.com.
  29. ^ "Willowridge product Aviante Collins shines at combine". Chron.com. March 3, 2017.

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