CINCINNATI - Landon Collins may have found his wingman.
While the Giants have yet to decide which pair of safeties will move forward as their starters, the rookie Collins and second-year cornerback convert Bennett Jackson seem to be the odds-on favorites.
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"It's been good," Collins told Newsday of the matchup. "I've been paired up with all of them. You just have to have that chemistry. Once you have that chemistry, it turns out to be a good flow back there."
And Collins said he and Jackson have found that chemistry.
"I feel like when we're on the field together we just look at each other and know what's going on," he said. "Once we get that part of it and we're on common ground, our vibe just kind of meshes together."
That's all well and good, but there are still plenty of hurdles before the two are anointed the starters. First of all is Jackson's health. He missed Saturday's practice with a sore calf and his availability this week in joint practices with the Bengals is unclear. Then there is the way Collins and whoever his partner turns out to be not only communicate with each other, but the rest of the defense.
That is what Collins said he hopes to get from this week.
"Mistakes will cost you now," he said of facing the Bengals. "Just getting the veterans to trust me even more when we're in a game situation, playing against a different team. Getting that praise from them will be confidence for me."
Collins said he's already seen that trust develop throughout training camp.
"It's grown tremendously with all of the guys," he said. "I just have to get it set in stone playing against a different team now."