New York Giants safety Landon Collins continued his stellar 2016 campaign with another strong outing against the Chicago Bears in Week 11.
Landon Collins may one day go down as New York Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese‘s best all-time draft selection.
The second year safety out of Alabama has been lights out all season with little signs of slowing down. Collins furthered his case for potential NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors by being the difference maker in New York’s Week 11 win against the Chicago Bears.
With his team up by just six late in the fourth quarter, Collins recorded the game-sealing interception. The interception marked his fifth of the season and his fourth straight game with a pick. Those five interceptions also moved Collins up into a three-way tie for the league lead in picks, alongside Marcus Peters and Casey Hayward.
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In addition to positioning himself among the league’s elite pass defenders, Collins has been a superb tackler this season as well. Prior to the game against Chicago, he was the only player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles, sacks, and interceptions.
Though Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon passed him for the team’s sack lead, Collins’ three sacks on the year tie him with Morgan Burnett for the most among defensive backs. Additionally, his 74 combined tackles continue to lead the team, are the most among the league’s defensive backs, and rank 16th overall in the NFL.
In every facet of the game, Landon Collins has made a devastating impact for opposing offenses. He’s consistently the team’s best defensive player, and in some games shines through as their overall best contributor.
It is more than just what Collins delivers in the box score, but also the mental impact he has on the Giants’ defense. He’s been a vocal leader all season long and has played with an aggressive attitude that has become the calling card of this 2016 Big Blue wrecking crew.
Collins has made himself a lock for the Pro Bowl with his performance this year. If he continues this level of play, come awards time, he should garner significant consideration for the NFL DPOY designation.