Landon Collins laughs at 'box safety' criticism

Ben Krimmel
March 16, 2019 - 3:29 pm

Landon Collins has heard the criticism about him being just a "box safety." 

Collins' response to the critique: Laughter.

“I laugh, honestly, because I’m not just a box safety,” Collins said at his introductory press conference Thursday. "I make plays in the box, yeah, but I make plays in other places, too. People see me in the box because that’s what teams ask me to do sometimes."

“Pretty much it’s people that don’t know what they’re talking about. When I get the opportunity to show that I can play different spots, I will,” he said.

When asked by Grant Paulsen about the "box safety" critique, the biggest offseason free agent signing the Washington Redskins have made thus far dismissed it.

"I can play all over the field," Collins said on Grant & Danny. "Point blank. Period." 

"I will do whatever the team asks me to do," he said. 

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"People don't understand that I can cover," Collins said on 106.7 The Fan. "But they see the plays that other tight ends or somebody catches (it who) wasn't my job I just happened to be in the area to make the tackle or make the play. So from that stand point, I have to showcase something else, again. And I love doing that."

"That's what a safety does and that's what I can do," he said. 

And you can count the Redskins among those who believe Collins can get the job done. 

“There’s no doubt about it. He was at the top of our board,” Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams said Thursday. “Safety’s a position we’ve been tinkering with the last couple years. And to have the opportunity to get a guy like that, 25 years old, that’s what you’re looking for: a guy who you know can play, a Pro Bowl-type guy who wants to be here."

"His play speaks for itself," Williams said.

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And Collins is confident the Skins' scheme will get the best from him.

"I'm going to be used very well," Collins told 106.7 The Fan. "I think I'm gonna fit in very well. We have a great defensive front, that's gonna eat. And so that's gonna make the back-end 10 times easier. And that's how you make plays and it works hand-in-hand."

"Your defensive line eat, your linebackers eat, your secondary eat. But it all starts with the defensive front," Collins said.

All that is left for Collins to do now is turn any doubters into believers – another role he is comfortable playing. 

"I love proving people wrong," he said on 106.7 The Fan. "I love showing that I am that guy."

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