While working his moonlighting job last season, Brandon Marshall, an NFL receiver by trade, was sitting in a production meeting for the “Inside the NFL’’ TV show he used to co-host, watching tape of a player he had no knowledge about.
“The first thing that stood out was: ‘Who is this guy?’ ” Marshall said Saturday after his second training camp practice as a Giant. “The way he led stood out to me. I really hadn’t seen anyone lead that way since [former Pro Bowl safety] Brian Dawkins. For him to be so young , I thought it was even more impressive. He’s a stud. You don’t get better than that at that position.’’
The player Marshall was watching was Giants safety Landon Collins, who was in his second NFL season last year.
“Being honest,’’ Marshall said, “I’d never heard of him before last year.’’
Now everyone in the NFL has heard of Collins. That is what happens when you emerge as one of the defensive stars in the league with five interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, four sacks, 125 tackles and a Pro Bowl invite.
Collins was the first player to record at least 100 tackles, five INTs, four sacks and score a defensive touchdown in a single season since Hall of Famer Rodney Harrison in 2000, according to Pro Football Reference.
In the span of his rookie year in 2015, when he was thrust right into the starting lineup and looked unsure of himself at times, finishing with one INT and one forced fumble, Collins became a game-changing defensive player in 2016 with an uncanny knack of always being around the football and making impact plays.
For Collins, the question…
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