3. Landon Collins will have a great showing
All season long, the Giants defense has gotten killed by the lack of competent linebackers. Not only do players like Tae Crowder (released this week), Micah McFadden, and Jaylon Smith lack any sort of read and react ability, but they were also absolutely horrid in coverage.
Last week, however, Landon Collins showcased a lot of skill and abilities that we had not seen out of the linebacker position yet this season. In the limited amount of snaps he received, Collins made a rather significant impact.
Collins was always a fantastic run-stopper during his previous tenure with the Giants, so it is not at all surprising to see him succeed in a role that is more fitting for his play style. While he has had his struggles with coverage in the past, moving down to linebacker will likely help these issues. Regardless, Collins will almost certainly be better than anything we have seen out of the previous Giants linebackers.
Going up against two elite players in T.J Hockenson and Dalvin Cook, Collins will have his hands full. However, if he can just simply help slow down the Vikings rushing attack, it’ll be much better than what we have seen before.
Since making his return, Collins has already become a fan favorite. He may not be the All-Pro player he once was, but the way he has turned his career around in a new position is heartwarming. Hopefully Collins sticks at linebacker, whether it be on the Giants or elsewhere.