As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.
These days, Kerry Collins has to be the happiest guy in the NFL. Not only does he have a great arm and three gifted receivers in Randy Moss, Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry, but his coaching staff believes in a philosophy of stretching the field.
Even without the benefit of a viable running game, Oakland's offense thrived in the second half last year, with Collins throwing downfield and making few of the mistakes that sometimes have plagued him. A pocket quarterback with excellent arm strength, he throws the deep ball with great velocity and accuracy. But Collins has been skittish and tended to force throws into coverage when pressured in the past, so protecting him in a scheme that requires a lot of seven-step drops and slow-developing routes will be a challenge.