Landon Collins was a 5-star safety at Dutchtown High School (La.) and an honorable All-American at Alabama, so playmaking came natural.
Having an interception slip out of his grips against the Patriots two weeks ago hasn't been easy to get over.
"That was the first time I had the game in my hands and dropped the ball," Collins said. "That was the first time that happened."
Sometimes the first time stings the most.
"It was definitely hard because I don't do that," Collins said. "I killed myself when I went home, I just couldn't take it, but I'm just ready to get back on the field and just keep it going and prove myself."
"I got over it," he added, "but I mean just to feel that I let the team down is always in the back of your mind."
Collins' first chance to make amends for that dropped interception comes Sunday against Washington.
The rookie safety will have a chance to play his first game at FedEx Field, the same stadium where his idol, Sean Taylor, played in.
"It's going to be fantastic and it's going to be a dream come true to be on the field he played on," Collins said. "When I go out there and do warm ups and stuff with myself, I just want to (think) of him and his name and stuff like that."
How much Collins plays remains a question.
Collins' snap percentage dipped in the Week 10 loss to New England and remains up in the air entering Sunday.
Regardless, the rookie will be ready when his name is called.
"We're doing this rotation thing now and we're just working on getting everybody in because all of us have been getting a lot of snaps and they're just trying to keep my legs straight and just trying to switch it up a little bit," Collins explained.
"It didn't bother me. I understand where coach is coming from because it's a long season, and they just want to make sure I keep my legs underneath me, and be able to keep contributing as much as I can."