Giants 22, Bears 16: Landon Collins’s Development Keeps the Giants on the Rise


Giants tight end Will Tye beat Bears safety Adrian Amos for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A year ago, Landon Collins would stand at the back of the Giants’ secondary looking confused and fretful. A rookie safety, he was the Giants’ last line of defense and the last person the team could rely on. His head was swimming, even drowning, in the details of a playbook full of mystifying schemes and signals.

“Everything comes at you fast,” Collins said of games at the time.

One season later, Collins patrols his space at the rear of the Giants’ defense with cunning and conviction — an evolving star who can snicker at the befuddlement he once felt on the field.

“It’s very slow out there now,” Collins said Sunday. “Everything just comes to me.”

Collins is not only the Giants’ most improved player; he has become the team’s defensive savior. With the Giants clinging to a 6-point lead late in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, Collins stepped in front of a Bears receiver to snatch…

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