Nicholson and Apke's development crucial to success of Redskins' safeties in 2019
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By By Ethan Cadeaux

Perhaps no position group on the Redskins is more interesting the safety position in 2019.

After releasing former safety and defensive captain D.J. Swearinger after Week 16 of the 2018 season, the Redskins had a big hole to fill on their back line. They made a splash in free agency, signing former Giants safety Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million contract, solidifying the strong safety position.

In four years with the Giants, Collins made the Pro Bowl three times and first-team All-Pro once. He's been super durable, playing in 59 of a possible 64 games.

For a group that has a lot of "interesting pieces," Collins is the "one lock," according to NBC Sports Washington's Trevor Matich.

Collins may be listed as a safety, but he's at his best when he plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

"He's a safety, but he plays like a smaller, faster linebacker," Matich said. "He's a presence in the backfield and the line of scrimmage. Receivers and running backs need to know where he is at all times, because if they don't know, they will find out in the most painful...

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