After starting the 2016 season slow, S Landon Collins is aiming to pick up where he left off at the end of last season, and make an immediate impact.
Collins said he was "too flat" to begin his 2016 campaign, and that is a mistake he won't be making two years in a row.
"I'm trying to start the season off fast," Collins told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard.
"I didn't set the tone quick enough last season, so I'm coming out the gate this time blazing. I feel like I was on the backburner for the longest until we played the Rams and then I got the recognition. I'd been doing the same thing just not the big plays. Now I've got to start off quicker making those plays."
Collins is alluding to the Week 7 game against the Rams last season where he secured two interceptions, including one he returned for a 62-yard touchdown. He would record an interception in each of the next three games as well.
Entering his third season this year, Collins was a force in the very limited time he saw in the Giants' preseason opener against the Steelers Friday night. His first tackle was for a loss as he stuffed Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint in the backfield. The very next play, he raced across the field and leveled WR Juju Smith-Schuster.
After the game, head coach Ben McAdoo referred to the 23-year-old as "an animal" as he is constantly "around the ball" no matter the play.
Collins led the Giants in tackles Friday night with five -- four of which were solo. He has led the team in that category for the past two seasons, amassing over 100 tackles in each.
Preseason may be a tune up for most players, but Collins doesn't take his limited reps lightly.
"If you get in five, six, seven, 15 plays in preseason, make those count," Collins said. "Every time I try to make them count as much as possible. I'm not just out there lolly-gagging because I'm about to come off the field."
This season, Collins is looking to clinch the Defensive Player of the Year Award he was runner-up to last year. He totaled 125 tackles -- four of them sacks -- five interceptions, 13 passes defended, and one fumble recovery in 2016.