Landon Collins could also be going to the Professional Bowl this season, however he is effectively conscious he might have set the bar a little bit too excessive with the best way he performed final yr.
All he has to do is log onto Twitter to be reminded of that.
“I acquired quite a lot of these tweets. Tweets and feedback that I did not have an awesome season like I did final yr,” Collins mentioned. “It occurs.”
Collins is the workforce chief in tackles with 98 and has two interceptions, a compelled fumble and two fumble recoveries.
These numbers pale compared to what he did final season — 125 tackles, 4 sacks, a fumble restoration and 5 interceptions, together with one returned for a landing.
“I acquired quite a lot of eyes on me this yr. I used to be on quite a lot of one on one’s with lineman and stuff like that. It is sort of arduous to get to the quarterback this time,” he mentioned. “They’re positively getting the ball out faster and I did not get quite a lot of passes thrown my approach. Ought to’ve had a pair extra picks, however stuff occurs.”
Collins believes he acquired the correct recognition for the arduous work he is put into the season and added the status as one of many premier safeties within the league he is established for himself might have additionally factored into the choice.
“That might be one of many issues,” he mentioned. “I am additionally constant, sturdy and simply taking part in arduous every down. I come on the market to play and I play for the love of the sport, and my ardour, all people sees.”
Collins’ sturdiness — he has began in 47 straight video games — has been put to the take a look at lately, leaving final Sunday’s loss to the Eagles early within the second quarter whereas making an attempt to play on an injured ankle.
The Giants security didn’t take part in observe on Wednesday and even admitted he in all probability shouldn’t play the remainder of the season however will proceed to do all the things he can to be on the market.
“No, I shouldn’t (play). That is the proper reply, however that is not my reply,” he mentioned. “Simply know my limitations. Simply know my limitations. I feel final week I could not get an excessive amount of stress, I could not maintain the road of scrimmage, like if I acquired a block I could not maintain them off. That is one among my limitations I’ve to know so I can get off a block and make a play.”
ELI AND FITZ
Because the Giants head to Arizona this weekend, Eli Manning might be reunited with 2004 NFL Draft mates Larry Fitzgerald, who has additionally put collectively fairly the profession.
“Larry and I’m going again a good distance,” Manning mentioned. “Recognized him since school. We have been up for the Heisman collectively our senior years and from then ahead, I’ve stored up with him his complete time in Arizona, seen him round totally different instances. Clearly final yr, we each gained the Walter Payton Man of the 12 months Award collectively, so I used to be round him a bunch there. Only a nice individual. Nice soccer participant. I’ve performed some Professional Bowls with him, thrown touchdowns to him in some Professional Bowls. So, now we have a very good relationship.”