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Giants believe they are up to speed in tackling Chip Kelly's uptempo offense

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly walks the

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Credit: AP / Brynn Anderson

This will be the first time in his NFL career that rookie safety Landon Collins will face the high-speed Chip Kelly offense. But he said he feels like he's already faced it -- or versions of it -- plenty of times in the past.

"I played against it every week at Alabama," Collins said. "I'm cool with it. It's nothing different. I think college teams play faster than NFL teams, that's how I feel. There are not as many timeouts and the refs get the ball moving as quickly as possible."

Jayron Hosley, who will start at cornerback for the injured Prince Amukamara, said the key to handling the rapid-fire snaps of the Eagles is to not let thinking get in the way.

"Play football," he said. "Know your assignment, know what you'll get, but not a lot of thinking. Just play ball."

Even though the Giants have only just begun to install this week's game plan for the Monday nighter in Philadelphia, Hosley said facing the Eagles and their tempo has been in the back of nearly everyone's minds since the season began.

"We've been working on them for some time so it's nothing new," he said. "We've been preparing for this game for a while. We just have to iron out the crinkles. We'll be ready to go."

The Giants are 1-3 against Kelly and his revved-up offense. Now, though, they may be catching up to it with players who have already experienced the breakneck speed both in the NFL and in college. It's similar to the way that younger defensive linemen are better prepared to face read-option quarterbacks in the NFL after having faced them for most of their college careers.

"I've been playing it for a long time and I'm used to it," Collins said. "The concepts we've been playing and practicing, it has us thinking this quick."

He then snapped his fingers to illustrate his words. When the Eagles snap the ball just as quickly on Monday night, we'll know whether he and the Giants are truly up to speed.


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