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Landon Collins returns to Giants; signs to practice squad

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WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM – The Giants are bringing a former All-Pro back into blue.

Landon Collins, who was one of the NFL's best safeties when he played his first four pro seasons with the Giants, today returned to the team when he joined their practice squad. Collins, who spent the previous three seasons with the Washington Commanders, met the Giants here, the site of their game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In 2016-17, Collins was selected to the Pro Bowl each season, was a 2016 first-team All-Pro, three-time NFC Defensive Player of the Week and the conference Player of the Month in November 2016.

He was a Giants captain in 2018. He worked out for the front office and coaches on Monday.

"We do these workouts Mondays, Tuesdays, a lot of them," coach Brian Daboll said. "He happened to be a guy that had a good workout. So, really like all the players, you can see the practice squad kind of changing. It's changed a lot since we first started. It will probably change more. So, get him in. Let him learn our system and see how it goes."

"I thought his workout went well," defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said. "You've heard me say before we're a position-less defense, so we'll find some place he likes when we get him here and we'll go from there. Right now, we're all focused on Green Bay."

View the best photos from safety Landon Collins' time as a member of the Giants.

Collins, 28, joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 2015 from the University of Alabama, the 33rd overall selection. He has started all 94 regular season and postseason games he has played, including 60 for the Giants (one in the playoffs).

The 6-0, 215-pounder's career totals include 667 tackles (474 solo), 11 interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown, ironically, in London), 39 passes defensed, 41 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Collins had nine tackles, including a sack, in the 2016 NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay.

Collins' best season was in 2016 when he led the team in tackles with 125 (100 solo). The 125 tackles are the most by a safety in Giants history. He also had five interceptions, 4.0 sacks and 13 passes defensed. Collins was the first player in NFL history to have 100 or more solo tackles, and at least 2.0 sacks, five interceptions and 12 passes defensed. He was the first NFL safety with 100+ tackles, at least five interceptions and at least 3.0 sacks since Rodney Harrison, then with San Diego, in 2000. Collins was the only NFL player in 2016 with at least five interceptions and at least 4.0 sacks.

The following year, Collins started each of the first 15 games. He fractured his forearm at Arizona on Dec. 24 and was placed on injured reserve two days later. When he did not play in the season finale vs. Washington, it ended his team-long starting streak at 47 games (plus one playoff game). Collins led the Giants in tackles for the third consecutive season with 99 (74 solo).

In 2019, he joined Washington as a free agent. In three seasons, he played in 35 games. Collins missed the final nine games of the 2020 season with an Achilles injury and the last three in 2021 after going on injured reserve with a foot injury.

View photos of the Giants getting ready to fly to London ahead of their international matchup with the Packers.

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