With the status of Peyton Manning for Week 1 up in the air, the Indianapolis Colts convinced veteran quarterback Kerry Collins to come out of retirement for insurance in case the future Hall of Fame quarterback is unable to play. While the move should be considered an upgrade over the Colts other options for quarterback, it appears there’s one member of the team who doesn’t seem to be too excited about the signing–wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
According to the Associated Press, it seems like Wayne is unhappy with the move–claiming the Colts are taking a step back by relying on Collins if Manning is unable to go Week 1 against the Houston Texans. Manning is still recovering from neck surgery and was expected to be good to go before the start of training camp, but that obviously hasn’t happened yet with regular season set to kick off in two weeks.
“We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense,” Wayne said courtesy of the Associated Press. “So for him to come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it. I think that’s a step back.”
In Wayne’s defense–he does have a point considering Collins joins the Colts two weeks into the preseason and may not be in the best football shape considering he retired shortly after the lockout ended. Still, Collins seems like a much better option than the other quarterbacks Indianapolis would be forced to go with and would most likely be just fine for Week 1 against the Texans.
Then again, this is Peyton Manning we’re talking about here. Knowing his work ethic, he’ll find a way to play Week 1 even if his neck isn’t feeling 100 percent–so there’s no reason for Wayne to get upset about Collins coming on board.
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