Campbell to start at QB, Collins to be backup

Updated: February 22, 2008, 3:21 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- There is no doubt in the mind of new Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn about how his depth chart at quarterback is stacked.

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2007 Season Stats
Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat
417 250 2590 12 11 77.6

Jason Campbell's the starter and Todd Collins the backup. Although Collins led the Redskins to the playoffs after Campbell went down with a knee injury late last season, Zorn has already made his decision.

"Jason Campbell's going to be the No. 1 QB," Zorn said Friday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I'm going to speak with Todd and make sure he knows he's important to this club. But he's not going to get that chance. That's because Jason Campbell's our starting QB and I'll tell you why. Jason Campbell must know that he is the starter. I don't want to go into this minicamp, I don't want to go into training camp with him not knowing or have this thing up for grabs. He's our starter."

Collins, 36, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next week, but the Redskins have said several times they plan to re-sign him.

Campbell, Washington's first-round pick in 2005, started 13 games last season, throwing for 2,700 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Campbell, 26, started seven games in 2006 after not throwing a pass as a rookie.

Collins posted a 106.4 quarterback rating with five touchdown passes and no interceptions while appearing in four regular-season games last year.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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