There was a time when Landon Collins wouldn't want to hit Saquon Barkley during practice. Well, now he doesn't have a choice with the Redskins.
Collins, who once praised Barkley's physical attributes that made him such a tough running back to bring down, will now be tasked to keep him in the backfield twice a year. And he says he's ready for that commitment.
"I've been ready to tackle Saquon," Collins told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game over the weekend. "That's my guy, though. All love to him and he's been doing his thing as we all know. But when I get to meet him in the hole this time, it's going to be full-go."
Giants fans may cringe the first time they see Collins and Barkley meet in the open field, but they must get accustomed to it since he signed six-year, $84 million deal with Washington after walking into free agency.
Collins also noted at the softball game that he doesn't "bleed blue anymore."
"Honestly, I feel more of a Redskin now after going through OTAs, being there for a while, hanging out with them and having a great time," Collins told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "I feel like I'm at home.
"So yeah, I don't feel like I bleed blue anymore."
The Redskins could definitely use Collins to stop Barkley, who had his best game as a rookie on their home turf last season. In Week 14, he rushed for 170 yards with a touchdown, while hauling in five receptions for 27 yards as well. That capped a four-week stint of Barkley rushing for over 100 yards per game.
Will Collins get the best of Barkley? Or will he be the dynamic back's latest victim out in the open field? It will definitely be a matchup to watch in 2019.