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Author: Jon Kuzma
With the New York Giants choosing not to franchise tag Landon Collins it’s a move that isn’t too surprising. While Collins is one of the better safeties in the league when he’s on. There’s no doubt that he does struggle at times from a coverage standpoint. Apparently Dave Gettleman thought that was too much of a liability and it makes you wonder why Collins doesn’t just switch to a linebacker spot? After averaging 109 tackles per season over his first four years it just makes sense for a guy who is exceptional at stopping the run. Not only would this change significantly cut down on Collins’ coverage responsibilities. It lets him play in the box full-time which is where he wants to be anyway. It’s definitely a risk to change positions but his stats could end skyrocketing with less space between him and the offense. Obviously Collins will have to play in a 4-3 scheme but there’s a number of teams out there that could use his help. The Falcons, Raiders, and Buccaneers are all a match and Collins could probably start right away. Now if there’s any reason why the veteran defender would oppose changing positions it’s probably because he’ll take less punishment as a safety. However teams are starting to realize that Collins is susceptible to the pass and eventually that’s going to deplete his value. It doesn’t make sense to let it get to that point and the fans would be intrigued by such a high profile player transitioning to a different spot on the field. The good news is if things don’t work out he can always switch back to safety. You have to believe some coach has already ran it by Collins but for whatever reason it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it never will but it’s definitely something he should consider to provide more of an impact for whoever signs him.
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A move to weakside linebacker is a move that would make sense for Landon Collins.