Kerry Collins is a veteran quarterback who is presently second on the Tennessee Titans depth chart. Collins played his college ball for Penn State and in 1995 was the fifth pick overall in the NFL Draft. He was chosen by the Carolina Panthers.
In his final season at Penn State, Collins received the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Sammy Baugh Award. He was selected as an All-American by numerous organizations. Collins broke Penn State season records for total offense (2,660), pass completions (176), passing yards (2,679), completion rate (66.7%), and passing efficiency (172.86).
Collins, who has battled alcohol, has been well traveled, playing for five different teams over 13 years. From 1995 though 1998, he quarterbacked for the Carolina Panthers. In 1996, he earned his only Pro Bowl selection. In 1998, Collins went to the New Orleans Saints for one season, and then in 1999, he signed with the New York Giants, playing with them through 2003. He then spent two seasons (2004, 2005) with the Oakland Raiders. He has been with the Tennessee Titans since 2006.
Collins has been a starter for the Panthers, Giants and Raiders. Over 13 seasons, he has earned a QB rating of 73.3 and completed 55.5-percent of his passes (2,918 of 5,253). He’s tossed 174 touchdowns and 172 interceptions and passed for 34,717 yards. Collins has fumbled 50 times, losing 16.
The signal caller is a pocket passer who has refined tools. He is a plant and pass quarterback and when he’s able to do that, he uses his strong throwing arm effectively. Collins is not very mobile and has a tough time with oncoming rushes. Overall, he’s not a very good decision-maker and is not known for his clutch playing. He’s never reached the elite level in the NFL, but he still has a future as a backup.