The way Landon Collins has played this season, there are some who believe the New York Giants’ second-year safety is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year honors. That, though, is for another day. Thursday, the NFL announced that Collins has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.
Collins is the first Giants player to win an NFC Defensive Player of the Month Award since Jason Pierre-Paul in December 2011. He is the first Giants safety win to be so honored. The only other Giants defensive back to win the award was cornerback Jason Sehorn in December 1997.
In four November games, all Giants victories, Collins had 30 tackles (23 solo), including a sack, and three interceptions.
Collins won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Nov. 6 game against the Philladelphia Eagles in which he had 12 tackles (six solo) and recorded his third interception in two games. That was the second consecutive game in which Collins earned that honor.
After an up-and-down rookie season, the Alabama product has certainly justified the Giants’ move up to the top of the second round to select him in the 2015 NFL Draft.