S Landon Collins
August 25, 2015
Q: So the head coach says youíre going to be back today Landon?
A: Either today or tomorrow. Itís on the training staff to how today goes.
Q: How are you feeling compared to after it happened?
A: The injury? I feel great. Iím ready to get back on the field. Just take it day by day. Hopefully get back to practicing today or tomorrow.
Q: Is there anything you canít do? Cutting or anything like that?
A: Last week it was just cutting, but this week isóI would say fine.
Q: How were you able to stay involved in everything?
A: Just stay in the coaching staff meetings, our meetings, and one-on-oneís with the coaches. Definitely with my teammates and making sure weíre all on the same page. If I see something, I can tell them what to do, and if they still have questionsówe still always ask each other questions about everything.
Q: Iím guessing thatís a new skill for you because you havenít really missed much time with injury, right?
A: Not really. Itís not really new to me, no, because I did it in college. Itís the same thing when you get here, youíve got to stay accountable to what you do.
Q: Were you worried when it happened that you would miss more time?
A: Was I worried? I was just worried about just how long Iíd be off the field. This is where I love to be at. I hate being off of it.
Q: Do you feel like you might have fallen behind at all?
A: Fallen behind? Itís up to the coaching staff, thatís not a question I can answer.
Q: How have you and Brandon Meriweather hit it off?
A: Oh good. Heís a character. Weíre definitely fine. We contribute well to the team. Definitely for a vet, he definitely gives me some keys about whatís going on and how to read the game. Definitely helped me out with what to know.
Q: When you say character, what does that mean?
A: Oh, just a funny guy. Just somebody you donít think will be that way, but he is.
Q: Heís kind of a link to Sean Taylor for you, I would think?
A: Yeah definitely, coming from the U.
Q: Have you guys spoken about that?
A: Not yet. We havenít spoken about that.
Q: Can you two be on field together?
Q: You and Brandon. You look more like two strong safety types. Can one of you play the other?
A: Position? Yeah, we definitely can both play either one. He can play free, I can play free. He plays strong, I can play strong. Depending on what the team needs and what we need to be at, at the time, we definitely get that worked out.
Q: What kind of pressure is it knowing that youíre a rookie and youíre basically being asked to be the starter right off the bat?
A: Itís no pressure at all. I mean, you take that as a challenge. Every day to day, you try to get better. As much as you learn and get from the vets, the faster you get on the field, the faster you know, and the better you are.
Q: Do you expect to play Saturday?
A: Do I expect to play Saturday? I do. I do expect to play Saturday.
Q: How important is that for you? The third preseason game is obviously the closest you get to the regular season. How important is it for you to get into that game and get it under your belt?
A: Every game is very important. Especially that one, just to get it underneath my belt so I can get experience of how fast the game, the pace, and just have an understanding of my teammates and what they see so we can always feel off of each other.
Q: Despite missing the time, do you still have confidence that it wonít be too much of a learning curve, starting as a rookie?
A: No, not at all. Iím still learning day by day. You can learn even if youíre not on the field. You can learn visually and by talking. So just doing that each and every day. And especially with the iPadísówe can definitely get that in.