Safety Landon Collins continued his stellar play for the Giants during their 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
Collins had 12 tackles, an interception, and a sack, and leads the team in all three categories this season.
He had two interceptions on Oct. 23 against the Rams in London during the Giants' last game.
Collins, 22, has three interceptions, three sacks, and 69 tackles this season.
On the day that Antrel Rolle, the Giants' last safety to play in a Pro Bowl, announced his retirement, many have begun beating the drum for Landon Collins to get his just desserts.
Collins has done a complete 180 from his performance last season when he started all 16 games as a rookie and was left hung out to dry. He literally has put that negative experience behind him and has developed into one of the game's top safeties. He leads the Giants in tackles, sacks and interceptions and has been the most profilic player at his position this season, leading all NFL safeties with 69 tackles (55 solo).
His emergence has boosted this defense to the next level when they have needed it most. With the pass rush not getting home, the secondary has been pressured to carry the load, and they have responded. With Collins manning the box, the corners have less responsibilty and are able to make more plays.
Collins is also operating with an steady partner. He was originally to be paired with rookie Darian Thompson, but that has been dashed by Thompson's foot injury which has kept him out since the first week of the season. Then Nat Berhe sustained a concussion and has been either out or limited. Andrew Adams, a UDFA out of UConn, has filled the strong safety role for the majority of the season.
Collins' presence has rubbed off on Adams, who had a solid game on Sunday vs Philadelphia. So solid that the website Pro Football Focus rated him higher than any other Giant on the day:
"An undrafted free agent, Andrew Adams made his fifth start for the Giants in their win over Philadelphia on Sunday, and this was by far the biggest impact he has made. He led the team in tackles by two from his safety position, and recorded an interception and pass breakup in coverage as a true standout for the Giants this week. His four games coming into Sunday were all various shades of average, but this was a true game-changing performance from the rookie."
Should Collins get Pro Bowl recognition, he will be only the fourth Giants' safety to be named to the team in the Super Bowl era. The others? Rolle (2010, 2013), Terry Kinard (1988) and Carl "Spider" Lockhart (1966, 1968).