EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has always sounded sure he'd be ready to go by the start of training camp, even after needing a second surgery on his fractured forearm last month. On Tuesday, he sure looked like he'd have no trouble meeting that goal.
The Giants' two-time Pro Bowl safety was a surprise participant in both individual drills and 7-on-7 drills during the team's organized team activity (OTA) session on Tuesday. He was definitely limited, and he wore a red pinny over his jersey to signify he was barred from any contact. But he did enough, just five weeks after surgery, to make it seem clear he's ahead of schedule.
"I don't know what his schedule was," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said after practice. "But yeah, he was out there competing on a limited basis and he's trying to do everything he can as he finishes up his rehab."
For the most part, Collins worked with a trainer on the side, running from sideline to sideline as his teammates went through team drills. But he was active during his brief appearance in 7-on-7s. And during individual drills, he looked healthy as he effortlessly reached to catch the football during interception drills.
That's remarkable considering he was expected to be out 6-8 weeks, which meant even the Giants' full-team mini-camp in June seemed to be in jeopardy. Collins first fractured his arm back in Week 16, but he healed enough that he showed up for the start of the Giants' offseason workout program in early April and declared his arm "100 percent".
Hours later, word leaked that he was far from 100 percent and he was heading for a second surgery, which he underwent on April 23.
At that time, it was unknown if Collins would even be fully healed in time for training camp in late July. But now that seems like a pretty safe bet.
"I'm hopeful," Shurmur said. "There's a break, right? So, as it heals up and he gets back to where he's 100 percent, then we'll get him out there."