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Jaguars hire Mark Collins as linebackers coach

NFL: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Mark Collins the team’s linebackers coach. Collins spent the last two seasons as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets.

Last season with the Jets, Collins oversaw the development of rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins and the progression of fourth-year linebacker Sheldon Richardson, who won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 2014. In his first season, Jenkins totaled 40 tackles (22 solo), including 2.5 sacks, while Richardson led the team with 13 tackles for loss and finished the year with 62 total tackles (38 solo).

In his first year with the Jets in 2015, Collins oversaw a unit in which four different outside linebackers registered sacks, led by rookie third-round selection Lorenzo Mauldin (4.0). Mauldin registered all of his sacks after Week 8, finishing with the most by a Jets rookie since 2012. Richardson, in his third season, registered 5.0 sacks, his second consecutive season with at least 5.0 sacks. Veteran linebacker Calvin Pace added 3.0 sacks, his eighth consecutive season totaling at least 3.0 sacks.

Prior to joining the Jets, Collins spent four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2010-2014, serving as a defensive assistant from 2010-13 and working with the outside linebackers in 2014. During his time with the Falcons, Atlanta produced 140 takeaways, the ninth-most in the NFL over that span. While serving as the defensive assistant (2010-2013), Collins assisted with the defensive line and a run defense that registered a tackle for loss once every 10.2 rushing attempts, the eighth-highest rate in the NFL.