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Eisen's Mailbag: Will Landon Collins start?



Michael:** What is your favorite Training Camp memory?

Dear Fran:
I will enter my 30th training camp next week, so I have many, many memories. I don't know that I have just one that I can call a favorite. Two training camps that stand out are 1991 and 2004, because they had real quarterback competitions that weren't decided until late in the preseason. In '91 the duel was between two Super Bowl winners, Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler. Ray Handley, then in his first season as head coach, chose Hostetler, but Simms played later in the season when Hostetler was injured. Thirteen years later, veteran free agent Kurt Warner and a rookie named Eli Manning competed for the job. Tom Coughlin selected Warner, who started the season's first nine games. Manning stepped in on Nov. 21 vs. Atlanta and has held the position ever since. There was also a quarterback competition in 1994, though Dave Brown and Kent Graham didn't inspire the same interest and debate. For the record, Dan Reeves picked Brown.

Is Landon Collins penciled in as a starter on defense?

Dear Gene:
Based on what we saw in the spring he is. The second-round draft choice from Alabama lined up with the first team throughout the OTAs and the minicamp. It appears one of the safety jobs is his to lose. That doesn't mean he can't lose it. But based on Collins' talent, his experience playing at a high level of competition and the potential he displayed in the spring, he is on track to start opening night in Dallas.

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