The NFL season is fast approaching with training camps beginning this month and when the Pittsburgh Steelers report, North Augusta’s Parker Collins will be there trying to secure a roster spot.
After going undrafted in 2017, Collins spent time with the Jaguars and Rams, but was let go by Los Angeles prior to the season. For the first time since he began playing organized football, Collins was without a team. Instead of being on the playing field, he was working a 9-to-5 job at the Savannah River Site.
Now, after signing a one-year contract with the Steelers in April, Collins has another opportunity to make an NFL roster.
“I feel like I learned a lot last year,” Collins said. “You can play certain ways in certain systems, and I feel like I’m doing really well right now in this one. I’ve been lucky enough to get another opportunity. They’ve obviously seen something, and I’m ready to just go out there and give them everything I’ve got and contribute to the team.”
Collins spent last season as a volunteer coach for the Yellow Jackets, but said not being on a roster was humbling and motivating. He’ll report to training camp on July 24.