Landon Collins earns NFC Defensive Player of the Month award

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The honors keep on coming for New York Giants safety Landon Collins in his breakout season.

The second-year player was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after recording 30 combined tackles, a sack and three interceptions in four games. It adds to his two NFC Defensive Player of the Week awards already this season.

Collins, 22, was a second-round pick out of Alabama last year. He has opened eyes with his stellar play this season.

“Yeah, I think that Landon is maybe the defensive player of the year,” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday as his team prepares to play Collins and the Giants. “The way that he is playing football right now is awesome -- interceptions, sacks, tackles, [pass breakups], all of those things.

“He is a guy that is a force to be reckoned with, especially as a second-year guy. That is awesome and a compliment to him and his work and the way that he makes things happen in that secondary.”

Collins began the month of November with 12 combined tackles, a sack and an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles. He added interceptions in wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears, giving him five in a four-game stretch.

He became the first Giants safety to collect the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award.

It has been that kind of season for Collins. He has 87 tackles, three sacks and five interceptions, and has been playing at an All-Pro level.

"I think he's playing at a high level and the teams that we see ... I don't get a chance to watch everybody in the league so I don't have an opinion on whether he's playing at an All-Pro level, but I know he's playing at a high level for us," coach Ben McAdoo said recently. "He's still learning, he's still growing, he's still a young player and he's preparing well and he's very productive."