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DB Landon Collins keeps NYG in pace for playoffs

Robert Duyos - USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants defensive back Landon Collins has been a force all season, anchoring its secondary. He leads the team in total tackles (86) and has defended eight passes with an interception and a forced fumble. New York selected Collins in the second round (33rd pick) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The former Alabama standout was a unanimous All-American and first team All-SEC selection in 2014. He won two Southeastern Conference titles in 2012 and 2014.

Collins was exceptional on Monday Night Football in the Giants’ game against Miami.

He collected a team-high eight tackles, with six coming unassisted. Collins guided a defense that forced two fumbles, allowing New York’s offense a chance to capitalize.

Collins has accounted for at least six tackles in nine of 13 games. The Giants have won five of those games, in which Collins eclipsed a mark of six tackles or more. His eight stops against Miami lifted New York to a 31-24 victory. It is now tied for first place in the NFC East with Washington at 6-7.

A division title is still in place for Collins, despite an inconsistent region.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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