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Having one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2015, the New York Giants could only get better from where they were. Improving is something that will take time, but Giants' safety Landon Collins can already tell the difference in this year's defense from last year's.
Even just from the eye test, it is apparent that the Giants have a much better defense. Collins noticed that it starts with the defensive line getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
"Coming from last year, definitely, with the front getting pressure, not having people second guessing and questioning the defensive calls and being confused on the field, it has gotten extraordinarily better," said Collins.
Collins is great at stopping the run, but one thing he has been working to improve is his pass coverage. He wound up one-on-one against Dez Bryant in the Giants' season opener and forced an incompletion in the end-zone. Even though, it wasn't designed to have Collins cover Bryant, it has shown that he his making strides.
The Giants now have the New Orleans Saints on Sunday for the home opener at MetLife Stadium and Collins believes that the game will be very different than the 52-49 loss one year ago.
"We are going to make the best stops and get off the field on third down," said Collins. "I don't know what score is going to be at the end of the game, but we'll make sure it's not going to get that high."
Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz said he wants the defense to hold Drew Brees and the Saint's offense to 17 points. While that may be a stretch, Collins thinks the Giants have the personnel to do it.
"It's very possible, with the defense we have and the guys up front and the D-B's we have in the back, it's definitely possible," said Collins.
Holding the Saints to 17 points is a very tall task, but if the Giants accomplish it, it is almost a guarantee win.
Kevin Hickey | www.giants101.com | September 16th, 2016