Giants consider signing Landon Collins for 53-man roster

December 18, 2022;  Landover, Maryland, USA;  New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) celebrates with Giants safety Landon Collins (21) after a fourth-place stop and goal against the Washington Commanders in the last minute of the fourth quarter at FedExField.  Mandatory credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

December 18, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) celebrates with Giants safety Landon Collins (21) after a fourth-place stop and goal against the Washington Commanders in the last minute of the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / © Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giant head coach Brian Dabol spoke to reporters via Zoom on Monday after the team’s 20-12 victory over the Washington Commanders on Sunday night, noting that the team will be discussing veterans Landon Collinsspot on the roster that advances at a certain point in the week.

“That is something Joe (Shoe) and I’ll talk about, not just Landon, but all the individuals we do every week. We haven’t had a chance to sit down and discuss those things. But certainly that topic, among probably a bunch of others like they do every week, comes up, we’ll talk about it.

Collins signed with the Giants on October 6 and has been pulled from the exhibition squad for three games this season, including Sunday’s victory in Washington. New York must now decide whether to include Collins on the 53-man active roster for the rest of the season, as the NFL only allows teams to raise players three times during the regular season before signing them.

Sunday marked Collins’ first game since Week 8 with the Seattle Seahawks, as the 28-year-old recorded three tackles while filling in at linebacker despite his previous seven years of experience in safety.

The Giants have struggled to find consistent play from the inside linebacker position this season, but Collins showed he could fill that role by making a big tackle on a loss to the Commanders’ Brian Robinson and then stuffing Curtis Samuel down a crucial third.

Collins then helped the Giants’ defense stop Washington at fourth and the goal by locking and causing the center of the field Taylor Henicke to force a throw to Samuel that was controversially interrupted by Darnay Holmes to seal the victory.

The Giants drafted Collins ranked No. 33 in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft from Alabama, and he spent the first four years of his career in New York before signing a major deal with Washington in 2019. Pro Bowls with the Giants, and could be on the active roster for the rest of the season based on his recent play as the team continues to fight for a playoff spot.

The decision will have to come quickly, as the Giants have a short week and take on the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday afternoon on the road.

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