With Henry Melton lost for the season due to a knee injury, Chicago defensive tackle Nate Collins…
Tales from the Tape: Nate Collins
The Chicago Bears will be without the services of Henry Melton (ACL tear) for the remainder of the season. At first blush, that's a potentially damning injury for Chicago's defense, as Melton is a Pro Bowl defensive tackle. When he's on his game, he's borderline unblockable. Yet through three games this season, Melton has not performed to expectations. His loss is significant but when you consider the way Nate Collins has played, it may not be as harmful as most first believed. Melton is a quick, 3-technique pass rusher but he has struggled against the run throughout his career. In that way, he was often a one-dimensional player on the field, especially this year. With Collins, the Bears have a starter who can play either the 3-technique or nose tackle, which gives coordinator Mel Tucker a lot of flexibility. Let's go to the film room to analyze Collins' strengths at both positions. PLAY I Here we have Collins lined up in the left B gap, across...
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