There is no question Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Anthony Collins’ work ethic is off the charts. The guy has done everything that the coaches have asked of him, including playing multiple positions along the line. The fact that he continues to set an example for the rest of the team despite not being a starter is very impressive.
“It’s the best he’s looked since he’s been here,” offensive line coach Paul Alexander said, according to Bengals.com. “A.C. has been terrific. He’s sharp, he’s polished, he’s taking a million snaps and he hasn’t complained once.”
Collins has dominated throughout camp, but there was only play that stood out in particular. The left tackle got outside and bulldozed his way through defenders so that wide receiver Marvin Jones could score a touchdown on a screen pass.
“A.C. was great getting out there,” Jones told Bengals.com. “He was directing me all the way. ‘Marv, cut left. Marv, go inside. Marv cut in here.’ ”
While some people were blown away by the performance, head coach Marvin Lewis did not expect anything less from the fourth-round draft pick in 2008.
“Anthony’s been here a long time and matured into a guy that you can really rely on,” Lewis said, according to Bengals.com. “He’s done great. Whenever he goes into a game, he’s done a nice job. In Andre’s absence during the offseason he’s done a great job of working and being in there and with Andrew’s absence … that’s why he was signed to bring back here (in 2012) because he’s a valuable player on our team.”