S Landon Collins
September 4, 2015
Q: After looking at the tape and watching how you played yesterday, how did you feel about your performance in that last preseason game?
A: I felt great. I just felt confident with the game plan we went into and practicing and then being comfortable behind the defense and behind the vets and making calls and running to the ball.
Q: How much different do you feel now that you have had some more playing time the last couple weeks? Is there anything for you that is a significant difference?
A: Just feeling more confident. Once you get confidence inside the system and [are] able to run around and fly around and be worry-free, that is the best feeling when playing for this defense.
Q: Does it help playing with somebody more frequently? I know you got to play with Cooper Taylor this week, but it has been a constant turntable this summer. What is your comfort level with your partners and is there any preference with what kind of guy you like to play with?
A: Whatever guy I play next to would be a tremendous honor because all these guys --- we all worked our butts off to play and get to this level and to be a dominant force. Whoever is back there with me and whoever is back there at all is --- and no preference at all because we all have been switched up with each and every guy, so we all have a thing together. Whoever I play with --- this past weekend I played with Coop and it was a fantastic thing and we [were] on the same page, so whoever is back there, we [are] always on the same page.
Q: What were your initial impressions of Stevie Brown this last week of practice and then in the game?
A: He is a gamer. He is picking up the defense pretty quickly. I mean, he is a vet, so I mean he does that and it is fantastic to see somebody that [does] stuff like that, and I tip my cap to him.
Q: What about in the defensive meeting room. Has [Stevie] been stepping up as a leader or have you been doing that more for him to help him learn the defense?
A: We are doing more of helping him learn the defense, but when heís got knowledge about the game or when he sees something, he definitely tells us what he sees and how it can help us. On going on the field asking --- right now we are doing mostly helping him learn the defense.
Q: Iím curious, at Alabama youíve played on teams where expectations were always so very high. This Giantsí defense, frankly, partly based on preseason and partly based just on expectations, isnít expected to do very much. Has that affected you in your approach?
A: The same thing at Alabama, they are always down on our defense, so they are down on our defense here in New York and we are just here to showcase what we are about and what we are able to do and see what we are going to do in this upcoming season.
Q: How are you doing personally knowing that your next game is a real game and your NFL debut?
A: Iím confident, happy, glad it is here and very healthy, so I will be able to play out the whole game and have no worries. [I am] just ready to dominate and get the W with the team and go on to the next game.
Q: What are your expectations for your first NFL game? What are you looking forward to? Are you expecting a lot of people there?
A: I donít know. I know my dad and a few other people --- my little brother and my stepmom are going to be there, so just family, close family, maybe three or four people. My expectations for the game are to be accountable, do my job and do it to the best of my ability. Whatever happens happens, and all you have to do is put your trust in the Lord.
Q: How much different do you think it is going to be from what you have experienced in the preseason and do you expect it to be different?
A: Only thing I expect is the speed to be kicked up because you are going 1s against 1s --- there [are] not any second team people; youíre just going balls out and going after it after this.