In his first even preseason NFL game, second round draft pick Landon Collins sprained his MCL. The former Alabama strong safety started all but one of his career college games, so this injury was definitely an abnormality given his health history. However just over one week from suffering the injury, the former All-American safety is already ready to return to the field.
When asked about when he would be practicing, Collins gave the Giants faithful an optimistic response. “Either today or tomorrow,” Collins stated about when he can practice. “It’s on the training staff to how today goes. I feel great. I’m ready to get back on the field. Just take it day by day. Hopefully get back to practicing today or tomorrow.”
When the initial injury occurred some wondered if he would be out for the remainder of the preseason, as a re-aggravation of the injury could onset a slew of absences from regular season games. Collins has already admitted that he feels 100% and that there is no noticeable difference in how he felt before the injury.
“Last week it was just cutting, but this week is—I would say fine.”
Coming from the draft’s fastest safety, who clocked a 4.53 40 yard time, his legs and cutting ability is immensely important to his ability to perform on the field. Collins had 100 tackles in his last year at ‘Bama and is known as a player who can reach all corners of the turf. The 2015 draftee did he say he was able to stay on top of the playbook while he sat out, so he can resume the progress he’s already started to make.
“It’s not really new to me, no, because I did it in college,” Collins admitted. “It’s the same thing when you get here, you’ve got to stay accountable to what you do… You can learn visually and by talking…I was just worried about just how long I’d be off the field. This is where I love to be at. I hate being off of it.”
Collins has a clear passion for the game and that is one of the very reasons he has been a successful prospect and a desirable player to the Giants and other NFL franchises. When asked about his participation for this week’s upcoming preseason game, Collins gave a confident answer.
“Do I expect to play Saturday?” Collins repeated. “I do. I do expect to play Saturday.”
Giants fans will get to see that passion on the field on Saturday when the team plays their third preseason game in a mutual home game against the New York Jets.