Why are we acting like Collins was put in competition with Free and lost? He was put in competition with Leary as they took snaps at the same position. I find it interesting that no one comes to the conclusion that Collins beat out Leary using that rationale. I really think people are disregarding two key facts. 1) The coaches really liked Doug Free above and beyond anything the fans did. I think if they could have made a poster for RKG it would have had Doug Free on it. They chose Collins and Free over Leary and Collins two years running. 2) They tried Collins at RT for a few days at rookie minicamp and said that they felt he would be more comfortable on the left side. That is not a competition nor is it an indictment on his ability to learn the position.