Palmer, Garrett untested as backups

Updated: July 28, 2003, 2:28 PM ET
By By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
ALBANY, N.Y. -- OK, so it isn't quite the incredible stretch of durability demonstrated by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, right? But in Kerry Collins, the New York Giants have a pretty good iron man of their own, with the ninth-year veteran having started 54 consecutive games, the fourth-longest active streak in the league.

But the steely streak of Collins extends beyond merely starting games, because he always finishes them as well, having taken virtually every offensive snap in the last three years. Being the backup quarterback on the Giants roster is akin to being a Maytag repairman. In fact, between Nov. 21, 1999 and Dec. 15, 2002, Collins was the lone Giants player to log a pass attempt. The skein was finally broken last December when Jesse Palmer had four attempts in a 37-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

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