First Team Safety: Landon Collins
Had the Associated Press selected anyone other than Landon Collins to the All-Pro First Team, there would have been a widespread outrage. Collins may have been the best safety in the NFL in 2016—and it’s fair to say that’s the label he deserves from hereon out.
Collins was both productive and methodical en route to his first career Associated Press All-Pro First Team selection.
Collins finished the 2016 NFL regular season with 126 tackles, including 100 solo. He also tallied 4.0 sacks, a fumble recovery, five interceptions, a defensive touchdown, 13 passes defended, and five stuffs.
According to Pro-Football-Reference, Collins became just the second player since Rodney Harrison in 2000 to record at least 100 solo tackles, five interceptions, and 4.0 sacks.
Collins was named a Pro Bowler in 2016, as well, which further solidifies his status as an elite player. He ranked No. 3 amongst safeties on Pro Football Focus, trailing just Kam Chancellor and Eric Weddle.
Collins deserves every honor he receives in 2016 after a legendary season with the Giants. Congratulations and best of luck!