EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants sign linebacker Landon Collins Coach Brian Dabul said Thursday about the coaching staff to their active roster.
The former All-Pro safety has been on the practice squad since early October. But his role increased last week against Washington when he played a season-high 27 snaps at linebacker.
“I worked hard and showed what I could do,” said Collins. “Seize this opportunity. This is the best part of it.”
Collins, 28, has played three games since signing to a second stint with the Giants. That depleted his team’s available training heights.
In order to play Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings, he needed to be signed to the active roster.
“It’s exciting,” Collins said. “It’s exciting because now you’re really going to contribute. Now you can make some plays for this team and do that. Racing is about as big as it comes. This opportunity is a blessing and I’m grateful for it.”
There are scenarios this week for the Giants (8-5-1) to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2016. Collins was part of that team.
The veteran is expected to contribute immediately to special teams and as a linebacker on the sub-pack. Not expected to start at inside linebacker this week – Jaylon Smith and upward Micah McFadden He will still be the group’s core player – though his role is likely to grow.
We’ll see, Collins said. “I don’t know. I don’t know. This is big. We’ll see. I don’t know about that.”
Collins had three tackles in Sunday night’s 20-12 win on the road against Washington. This included a key stop on third down in the second half that caught the attention of the Giants coaching staff.
It was New York’s second-round pick trip in 2015. Collins spent the first four years of his career as a standout defenseman, before signing a lucrative free agent contract with Washington in 2019.
But injuries derailed his career. Collins tore his Achilles in 2020 and eventually, inadvertently, turned into a quarterback. He suffered a foot injury that ended his 2021 campaign early, and he was not signed for the start of the 2022 season.
The Giants gave him a chance to work his way up several weeks into the season.
“It’s definitely humbling,” Collins said. “But I’ve always been that way. I’ve always been a worker. Nothing has ever changed. He never came here with an expectation or anything like that. I only came here to go to work and go back to the building. That’s the best part about it.” .
This is what the Giants love most about Collins. fit into their new culture under Head Coach Brian Dabul and General Manager Joe Schoen.
“Yeah, I think that’s what we’re looking for — the kind of guys we’re looking for to get into the organization,” said Daboll. “It won’t always be perfect. It won’t always go your way—come up with good behaviour, keep working, keep earning it.”
And again, it’s not easy to do whether it’s Landon or a guy [wide receiver Darius] Slayton. … There’s mental toughness you need to play this game, and it’s not just after losing. It may be from playtime; Maybe that’s another thing you have to keep pushing and keep a positive attitude. And he did.”
The Giants cut the starting inside linebacker Ty Crowder earlier this week to make room for Collins on the list. Crowder re-signed Thursday with the Giants’ practice squad.