3. LB Landon Collins
The NY Giants linebacker core has been abysmal this season and with that in mind, the team decided to call up Landon Collins from the practice squad. In the limited snaps Collins played, he made a pretty big impact, including a massive tackle on third down to end a Commanders drive.
The trio of Tae Crowder (released on Tuesday), Micah McFadden, and Jaylon Smith have been quite bad all season long, so it was very nice to see Collins not only get called up, but to make an impact. If he manages to keep up this solid level of play, we could very easily see Collins become a full-time starter as the season comes to an end.
Collins has never been the best player in coverage, but he doesn’t even necessarily need to succeed at that. The impact Collins can make on the field comes in his ability as a run-stopper, something the Giants current linebacker core really struggles with.
It was very nice to see the Giants defense finally make a change at the position, and hopefully this change will stick as NY plays some extremely talented running backs and tight ends during their final stretch of the campaign.