Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at 1PM
The Giants believed they got a first-round talent when they traded up to select safety Landon Collins with the first pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The former unanimous All-American and National Champion from the University of Alabama became an instant starter for the Giants. He currently leads the team with 32 solo tackles (42 total) in addition to three tackles for loss, five passes defended, and an interception.
Now the rookie from Dutchtown High School will return to his hometown of New Orleans this weekend to take on the Saints. Collins played in two Sugar Bowls at the Mercedes Benz-Superdome, but both resulted in losses for the Crimson Tide.
"Hopefully this time I get a win," Collins said. "I haven't won in the Superdome yet. We'll see."
Each week, Giants.com checks in with the rising rookie as he embarks on his NFL career.
How important is the Superdome to New Orleans?
Collins: It's important. You can't move the Saints. Being around that stadium, being around that crowd, and just being around the fans and stuff like that, that's like their second home. You can't mess with it. After the way it had given shelter for [Hurricane] Katrina, you can't do anything with it.
Is there a lot of Louisiana pride this week? This is a homecoming for a lot of Giants like Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, and yourself.
Collins: We talk about it. We touch bases on it. We talk about going home and what we're going to do at home. But we just focus on right now, right here, but when we get a chance to go home, we definitely talk about it and have fun.
How does a kid who grew up watching Drew Brees now try to defend him?
Collins: It's going to be fantastic. Growing up playing football and then you get to play guys that you watched growing up, it's crazy. You just hope that you play your best against them, especially when it's in front of your own city.