Every year the NFL releases its list of the Top 100 players in the league, as voted on by their peers.
It is really nothing more than a fun way to fill time between the end of the NFL Draft and when teams’ off-season programs begin to ramp up with mini-camp and training camp.
New York Giants All-Pro safety Landon Collins first made the list after his historic 2016 sophomore season, ranking 28th. He made the list again after the 2017 season, this time coming in at 92nd on the list.
"He's one of those guys on the field that demands respect."#NFLTop100— New York Giants (@Giants) May 1, 2018
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The fact that he slipped 64 spots in the list is a fact about which Collins is none too happy, tweeting:
Glad I made it but very disrespectful with the number...#SavageSeasonuponus https://t.co/2G9PeeOLfa— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) May 1, 2018
It isn’t as though Collins had a bad season last year. He managed 99 tackles, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions, in 15 games. All of those totals are down from his 2016 season, but that was despite playing most of the season with an ankle sprain suffered in the first game of the season.
Collins looks to return to form this year after undergoing a second surgery to repair a fractured forearm that prematurely ended his 2017 season. His prophecy about a “savage season” might be self-fulfilling, saying earlier in the off-season that James Bettcher’s defense is “perfect.” He added, “While [defensive coordinator James Bettcher] was going over it, it was like I was in college again. It was back to what I knew like the back of my hand and it’s going to play fast because it’s very stern.”
How the 2018 season will play out remains to be seen, but it’s worth remembering that Collins’ 2016 season came after a 2015 season that had some considering whether he was a bust and coaches threatening a move to linebacker. Fans should be excited if Collins is driven to prove that his “floor” is an injured 2017 season that still saw him be voted the 92nd best player in the league.