Three and out: Collins preparing to be Colts’ starter

Collins to start preseason finale: With one last tune-up until the start of the regular season, newly-signed Colts quarterback Kerry Collins expects to see plenty of work as Indianapolis considers the possibility that Peyton Manning may not be available for Week 1 against Houston. The 38-year old Collins told the Indianapolis Star that he feels like he’s “progressing nicely” in the complex Colts’ offense, but coach Jim Caldwell would like to see him get more work in game situations. Collins won’t move the meter for most fantasy owners, especially since it’s hard to see him getting more than two starts. However, it is reason to be concerned about the short-term value of receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark. If there’s any good news, it’s that the Texans allowed more passing yards than any other team in 2010 and haven’t made any significant changes to their secondary.

Redskins QB battle continues: One of the few ongoing position battles with fantasy implications is the Washington Redskins’ quarterback battle. Coach Mike Shanahan has refused to say whether John Beck or Rex Grossman will get the start for Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa Bay. So far, neither signal caller has been appreciably better than the other and the Redskins coaching staff has given no public indication of who is the leading candidate. According to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the evolving competition between Beck and Grossman has been “the situation they’ve been preparing for,” even if it’s tied fantasy owners in knots. At best, neither was better than a late round flyer, but until the Shanahans make a decision on a starter, it’s best to stay away altogether.

Young fighting for Eagles’ No. 2 spot: When the Eagles signed Vince Young in the offseason, it was presumed that he would be installed as the backup to Michael Vick. But it appears that the former Texas star will need Thursday’s preseason game against the Jets to solidify his spot. Young is slated to play the entire first half with Mike Kafka taking over in the second half. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says the former Titans quarterback’s experience and career winning percentage give him a leg up in the competition, but the team would like to see him look a little more confident in the offense. In his defense, Young signed late and has had a short preseason in which to learn the new system. Considering Vick’s playing style, it’s not ridiculous to think that injuries are a possibility, in which case Young could make a worthy pickup if he’s thrown into action.

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