New York Giants: Saquon Barkley v Landon Collins – who wins in the hole?

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Saquon Barkley, Landon Collins
New York Giants, Saquon Barkley, Landon Collins

A solid group of current and past New York Giants attended Landon Collins’ charity softball event over the weekend, raising money for a good cause, but that didn’t stop the trash talk from commencing.

Collins left the Giants this past offseason in favor of the Washington Redskins and a $14 million-per-season contract. His record-breaking deal was well-deserved, but the Giants might come out better on the other side as they will save plenty of money to address positions of need in 2020.

The former Giant, however, was keen on sharing his opinion of Daniel Jones and why Dwayne Haskins was the better pick. An interesting place to make his voice heard, especially since Jones participated.

“I appreciate Daniel Jones coming out here, but I still think we got the best quarterback in the draft,’’ Collins said via the NY Post.

The New York Giants made an interesting decision at quarterback:

General manager Dave Gettleman elected to take Jones over Haskins due to his running ability and familiarity with Eli Manning and coach David Cutcliffe. So far, the 6th overall pick has progressed well and is picking things up quickly. After a year spent behind Manning, he will be ready to take over at the helm.

The most interesting thing Landon said at the softball game was in regard to Saquon Barkley or trying to tackle him. Last season, he expressed his thankfulness for not having to face off against Barkley on the opposing defense, but now things are different as he features on one of the Giants’ rival teams.

“I was only saying that for the media,’’ Collins said. “I’ve been ready to tackle Saquon. That’s my guy, though. When I get to meet him in the hole this time it’s gonna be full-go.’’

Collins is one of the best box safeties in the NFL, excelling against the run and filling holes. Unfortunately for him, Barkley is one of the most elusive and has immense abilities in the open field. If he gets to the second level, there’s not one player that can bring him down.

However, if there was one, it would likely be Collins and his familiarity with the talented runner. Personally, I do not think he has the side-to-side quickness to react on Barkley’s agility. Add in his tree-trunk size legs and it puts Saquon at a heightened advantage. It will be exciting to see the two clash come the regular season.