Wayne's skepticism of QB understandable

August, 24, 2011
8/24/11
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Don’t panic over anything Reggie Wayne said Wednesday. Kerry Collins won’t be some divisive force for the Colts no matter veteran loyalties.

Fact is, while a prudent Colts fan should applaud the team for upgrading its alternative to Peyton Manning, he should also be pleased to know that a guy like Wayne doesn’t think the team needs an outsider to help save things.

Wayne’s got the back of Curtis Painter, the guy he’s worked with from the beginning this season. And there is absolutely nothing unhealthy about that in my eyes.

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“I don’t want to make it seem like I’m not welcoming or having open arms to anybody that comes to our organization,” Wayne said to local media. “If they open the doors for Kerry Collins to come, then that’s fine. I can’t do (anything) about that anyways. But I’ll be damned if we’re going to open the doors for someone else, and just drop our heads on who we already have. The Colts are big on protecting their own, so I’m (going to) help protect our own.”

Does Wayne think Collins can get up to speed in less than three weeks if he’s needed on opening day?

“I guess, if you keep it real basic, vanilla," he said. “He’s going to have some cramming that he’s going to have to take care of. We’re not really considered a vanilla offense, so he’s going to have some studying to do. I’m not sure how he is with the books, not sure about Penn State’s education, but he’ll have to do some studying.”

Wayne will find out that Penn State and 17 NFL seasons have served Collins well.

Collins is a good team guy. Wayne is a good team guy.

It won’t be long before the receiver comes to see the quarterback as one of his own and defends him in the same way he just defended Painter.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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