The Washington Redskins made one serious investment this offseason, looking to shore up their secondary and add a new star player as the shine on cornerback Josh Norman had begun to flicker. Their philosophy? add a strength while weakening a division opponent. When the New York Giants decided to let safety Landon Collins hit free agency without a franchise, or even a transition tag, the Washington front office pounced.
GM Bruce Allen inked the now 25-year old to a six-year deal worth a total of $84 million. While the team may have struggled to an 0-5 start, Collins has played well. And when the team figured out a way to earn their first victory of the 2019 season, Collins played extremely well. So well, in fact, that he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 7.
Collins checked in with a team-high 12 tackles this past Sunday. Those takedowns included his first sack of the season and a forced fumble. He also excelled in coverage, breaking up two passes and getting close to hauling in the interception.
Collins performance earned him a 76.3 game grade from Pro Football Focus on a scale to 100. He earned a 63.8 grade in run defense, a 71.5 tackling grade (one missed tackle) and a 68.0 pass rush grade. His coverage grade was his best facet overall, earning a 72.5.
In plays where he was the closest cover man, he allowed two receptions to RB Kenyan Drake (15 yards total), one to WR Allen Hurns (5 yards) and one to TE Nick O'Leary (3 yards).
Collins will face a much stiffer test this coming Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers come to Washington with an undefeated record. They are a team that is led by their defense, but quarterback Jimmy Garropolo is a formidable foe and Collins will need to be on alert as Tevin Coleman and company bring their run prowess to the nation's capital.