Collins is not having as impactful a season as he had in 2016 where he finished third in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. He has been hampered by an ankle injury in recent weeks but still leads the Giants in combined tackles with 98 (73 solo). Collins also has six passes defended, two interceptions, and two fumbles recovered.
Perhaps the biggest Giants’ Pro Bowl snub (both figuratively and literally) is defensive tackle Damon Harrison.
The Man Called Snacks is second on the Giants in combined tackles with 64 (43 solo). He may very well be the best run stopper in the league. Harrison has been the most consistent player on the Giants’ defensive line with Olivier Vernon slowed by injury and Jason Pierre-Paul having a down year. He also has three passes defended and an interception.
Harrison’s Pro Bowl snub could be because of his lack of sacks. He only has 1.5 this season. Harrison has never made the Pro Bowl.
The only other Giants player that could merit Pro Bowl consideration is rookie tight end Evan Engram.
Engram’s 63 receptions are the most among rookies and the fifth most among all tight ends. His 710 receiving yards leads the Giants and is fourth among all tight ends. His six touchdowns also lead the Giants and are tied for seventh with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Cameron Brate and fellow rookie O.J. Howard.
Engram has been a matchup problem all season. His ability to create yardage after the catch and big play potential have garnered much attention. Engram has 11 receptions of 20 yards or greater, only the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce (19) and the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (18) have more.
The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 28.