SportsGiants Rookie safety Landon Collins impressing Giants as take-charge guy Landon Collins is seen during Giants rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 8, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy By TOM ROCK email@example.com @TomRock_Newsday May 12, 2015 9:22 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Landon Collins has had only two practices on the field with the Giants veterans so far, but he's already becoming a dominant figure in the defense. "Collins seems very assertive when he calls out the plays," cornerback Prince Amukamara said of the second-round pick who will likely be one of the team's starting safeties this season. "Just the way he communicates with other DBs on the field, it seems like he's taking charge out there." The Giants traded up to the top of the second round to select Collins, and admitted they had a need at the position. So far, Amukamara said he likes what he's heard. And seen. "He's built like a truck," Amukamara said. Amukamara was honored as one of the Hometown Heroes at Tuesday night's Gridiron Gala in Manhattan to benefit the United Way. When he spoke to reporters earlier in the offseason he expressed concern about the safety position in light of the team losing veterans Antrel Rolle and Quintin Demps (and eventually Stevie Brown) and relying on players such as Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor and converted cornerback Bennett Jackson, none of whom have ever started an NFL game. "I think being unsure is a natural reaction because you don't know what the guys are going to bring and guys who are on our roster, they don' really have any experience," Amukamara explained. "I think being unsure is natural. But seeing the guys on the field and how they are getting the new playbook down, my confidence is starting to build in them." Especially, it seems, in Collins. "I think all of that confidence comes from being at Alabama and always playing at a pro-caliber mentality," Amukamara said. And so the players are finding their confidence in Collins growing too. By TOM ROCK firstname.lastname@example.org @TomRock_Newsday Tom Rock began covering sports for Newsday in 1996 and has been the Giants beat writer since 2008. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.