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After suffering a concussion during the first preseason game, Henry Melton has not seen the field, opening up more opportunities for Nate Collins.
Collins racked up his third sack of the preseason on Friday night and has been one of the team's most impressive players throughout training camp.
He found a spot in the defensive tackle rotation after a strong showing in training camp and the preseason in 2012. He showed flashes at times last season and has the ability to not only stop the run, but he also showed the ability to get off the ball quickly and get pressure on the quarterback.
He has the ability to play both the 3-technique position and the nose tackle, and if Melton is able to return for the season opener, he could push Stephen Paea for the starting nose tackle spot.
Collins has caught the eye of some national writers, with Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com tweeting Friday night, "Bears player everyone's buzzing about this preseason-- Nate Collins. Playing very well in Melton's absence."
If he continues this type of play into the regular season, the Bears could have one of the more productive defensive tackle groups in the NFL.