3. Safety/Linebacker Landon Collins
Landon Collins enjoyed what was arguably the peak of his career during his first stint with the Giants spanning from 2015-2018. However, Collins, the team, and the fans didn't particularly end on the best of notes when he chose to sign with the Commanders in 2019. As a result, it was interesting, to say the least when the Giants signed him in the middle of last season.
Collins was brought in to play a hybrid safety-linebacker role for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to help patch up the middle of the Giants' defensive unit. In six games with the Giants this past season, Collins produced a mere 15 total tackles, a far cry from Collins' production earlier in his career. He recorded 100 or more tackles in four of his first five seasons (recording 96 in the one season he fell short). Not only was Collins failing to produce tackles at his usual rate, but he also missed tackles at the second-highest rate of his career (16.7 percent missed tackle rate).
If Collins can't make tackles the way he used to, he needs to be able to make up for it with his pass defense. He proved he is still capable of doing so in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Colts at the end of the 2022 season:
While it was nice to see Collins make an impact on the opposing team's passing game, it is something he has struggled with doing consistently throughout his career. Additionally, Collins has also struggled with staying on the field during his career. He has played in just 26 out of a possible 50 games over the past three years. The combination of durability concerns and Collins' best days being behind him makes him a player that the Giants need to stay away from this offseason.