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Landon Collins is quietly playing like the Defensive Player of the Year

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The NFL end of year awards are always going to be discussed, with people this year focusing on the likes of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Julio Jones, Tom Brady and co for all in the running for MVP and Rookie of the Year awards.

Not many people are talking about Defensive Player of the Year, however. That may well be because there aren't many big names balling out at the moment or because maybe defense just still isn't sexy.

Despite all of that, there is actually one big contender for the award that not many people are talking about right now: Landon Collins of the New York Giants.


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While the likes of Odell Beckham Jr, and Eli Manning will get all the praise when it comes to the Giants, Collins has been grinding to become team MVP in a modern landscape where most will ignore his role.

As of right now, Collins is the only defensive player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles, sacks, and interceptions in 2016.

Not only is Collins leading his team, but he also leads all safeties across the National Football League in nearly every meaningful statistic.

The former Alabama man boasts 74 combined tackles, 1st in the league among Safeties 60 solo tackles which also 1st among safeties, us first in sacks for the position with three and has 4 interceptions - which leads safeties and is tied for 2nd in the whole league.

All that and he's only 22-years-old. The Giants have a stud that could be theirs for a long, long time to come.

Safety isn't an attractive position to voters, with only five (Dick Anderson, Kenny Easley, Ed Reed, Bob Sanders and Troy Polamalu) winning Defensive Player of the Year. Hopefully, Collins makes that six.

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