Two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said he feels he has "100 percent" recovered from a broken arm and that he is focused on turning the Giants into a top-10 defense heading into a contract year.
The 24-year-old Collins, who underwent two surgeries to repair a broken forearm, said he does not feel limited at all and will not need to wear any protective gear. He first fractured his arm in Week 16 last season but needed a second surgery in April to further repair the injury.
"I guess it's to my discretion and if I feel anything I can pull myself out," Collins said about his participation in training camp, "but most likely like in the offseason, I have been putting a lot of pressure on it. I have been pushing things so I can see where I'm at."
Collins participated in drills during organized team activities in a red non-contact jersey, but proved to Giants coaches and hismelf that he was ahead of schedule.
A season ago, the Giants allowed the second-most passing yards (4,038) and the most passing touchdowns (32) among all 32 teams. But with a secondary that also features Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, Collins hopes the Giants can be a top-10 defense.
"This defense has to prove it's capable of being one of those top-10 defenses," Collins said. "We are going to play hard, we are going to play fast and we are going to have a lot of aggression. That's how I see this defense playing and that's how we all see it as a group."
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the former second-round pick said he is not focused on his impending contract or free agency, although he said he "would definitely like to" spend the rest of his career as a member of the Giants.
"I just want to play ball, I'm not too stuck on the contract," said Collins, who has totaled eight interceptions, one touchdown and 254 total tackles in three years since entering the league. "At the end of the day what got me here is not worrying about a contract. What got me here is playing ball, playing fast, playing aggressive and trying to be the greatest each and every time I touch the field on Sunday.
"If I weigh on it," Collins added, "it will cause me to push for plays and plays will go over my head. Bad stuff will happen, so I just go out there and play ball and that's what I have been doing. It's gotten me this far and I'm not going to change it."