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Recognition of how much Landon Collins accomplished during his second year in the NFL continues to spread. A select group of ESPN reporters were asked to cast their votes to name the New York Giants’ strong safety NFC East Defensive Player of the Year.
What makes this honor so unique is that the four people who acknowledged Collins’ efforts at strong safety are the very reporters covering his division, meaning he certainly made it a harder decision for at least three of the reporters.
While the Redskins, Eagles, and Cowboys reporters may have preferred to see a player from their team make the praise was still plentiful.
“I wanted to say Sean Lee. He led the Cowboys in tackles and established a team record with 22 tackles in the December loss to the Giants… But I couldn’t ignore what Collins did… The Cowboys and every team in the NFC East will hate to see how much better he can get over the next few years,” wrote Dallas Cowboys reporter Todd Archer.
Archer understandably didn’t seem to take too much joy accepting what Collins did and will continue to do to teams in the NFC East for years to come, but Redskins’ reporter John Keim had a different perspective.
“Collins was near the top of the list of players I enjoyed watching this season. Safeties often are made by others are them – a strong pass rush, excellent corners. But some transcend that, and Collins is among that group.”
It’s yet another award to add to an already long list illustrating the fact that everyone seems to be in agreement that when it comes to impact players on the secondary, Collins is second to none.