After a season of New York Giants football dominated by defense (allowing the second-fewest points in the league), both Landon Collins and Damon Harrison have received awards from Pro Football Focus.
Harrison won the award for “Best Run Defender” while Collins won the “Breakout Player” award.
- Here was their take on Collins:
“The transformation of Landon Collins from his rookie season to his sophomore campaign was one of the stories of the season, and highlights the difference between the various roles that are all labelled together simply as “safety.”
As a rookie, Collins looked lost deep in the middle of the field as the Giants’ free safety, but when moved closer to the line of scrimmage this year, he became a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, able to assert himself in all facets of the game.
Collins notched four sacks, five interceptions and 46 defensive stops—eight more than any other safety—in what was truly a breakout season of epic proportions.”
- Here was their take on Harrison:
This is now the second season PFF has given an award for the best run defender in the game, and it has yet to go to anybody other than Damon Harrison, who retains the award despite moving teams and changing defensive scheme in the offseason.
Harrison is on another level when it comes to defending the run, notching 49 stops against the run—10 more than any other defensive tackle.
In fact, only eight other DTs were able to record more than half the total Harrison did over the season, and his run-stop percentage was some distance clear at the top of the field. Harrison has the ability to single-handedly transform a run defense.”
Job well done, Jerry Reese.