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Former Alabama safety Landon Collins returns to New York Giants

Landon Collins (#21) makes game-ending interception for Giants in 2016 matchup against Bears
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Landon Collins has returned to the franchise that took him in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The former Alabama safety is back with the New York Giants via Josina Anderson. Collins spent his first four seasons with the Giants, totaling 437 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, eight interceptions, 32 passes defended, and a touchdown in 59 games. He totaled 100+ tackles in his first three years, including 125 during his sophomore year in 2016.

Collins had a career-high five interceptions in 2016. As a New Orleans native, he earned three Pro Bowl selections and garnered All-Pro First-Team honors in 2016. He joined Washington as an unrestricted free agent in 2019 and played three seasons.

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Collins saw action in 35 games for Washington, tallying 271 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and seven passes defended. He recorded 117 tackles in 2019 — the best mark for him during his tenure.

The 6-foot, 218-pounder can mentor another former Tide safety in Xavier McKinney.

Collins’ head coach, Brian Daboll, served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2017.

He assisted Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship. The pieces fell into place for Collins to make a return to the Giants. He was a Unanimous All-American and first-team All-SEC selection for Alabama in 2014.

Collins played on the 2012 BCS National Championship team and two Southeastern Conference Championship teams.

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