Patriots sign Austin Collie

AP

The Patriots finally signed a wide receiver with experience, even if he’s as injury plagued as some of their others.

According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, the Patriots have signed former Colts Austin Collie.

The Patriots were among the many teams that brought Collie in for a look this offseason,  and he spent some time in training camp with the 49ers.

He’s been productive when well, but has missed 22 games the last three seasons because of concussions and a ruptured patellar tendon.

He gives them some insurance, at a time when four of their six wideouts are on the injury report.

19 responses to “Patriots sign Austin Collie

  1. Sure hope he helps. The Patriots have the potential to beat the Bengals this week, but it won’t be easy. Tom Brady is doing a fantastic job of making these rookies look good, but he can only do so much.

  2. I speak for a bunch of Colts fans when I say that, despite him being with the Patriots, I hope he does really well. A good player beset by concussions – I’d like this story to have a happy ending.

  3. I wish the kid well. Tremendous talent when healthy…didn’t hurt Manning was throwing him the ball, hopefully he has success with Brady and the Pats too

  4. I would have thought that Deion Branch would be #1 on speed dial. When healthy Austin Collie has more upside but he is just for insurance as I doubt he will be on the roster by the end of the season.

  5. unfortunately, they will only keep collie for a week or 2 then release him, hope collie makes the most of his time there, hes good guy

  6. The Pats had him in in June, 8.5 months off a patella tendon, and he may have not been ready yet. Still, 4 concussions since 2010 and not being able to make the 49ers, whose WR situation is not much better that the Pats, is not a good sign. Probably just Amendola insurance

  7. Can’t hurt. It’s tough when you can’t play ball because of health issues,not talent issues. Good luck.

  8. ampats says:

    I would have thought that Deion Branch would be #1 on speed dial
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    C’mon man. Deion is slower than an offensive lineman at this point and was utterly and totally unable to get separation when he played last year.

    That’s why he had a grand total of 16 catches last year and wasn’t brought back this year.

    I think Collie is a temp pickup and they figure he’s smart enough to learn a half dozen routes very quickly and may give them something extra the Bengals haven’t had time to prepare for. One the regular guys are healed and active he’ll be cut.

    Given his concussion history and the way the NFL is approaching hits to the head these days, I’d say Collie would be lucky to make it through 2 or 3 games without getting into injury trouble. But hey, if he can help the Pats win 1 or 2 games before he’s cut or hurt then its a good signing.

  9. I guess Tenessee wants too much for Kenny Britt. Or New England is afraid that Boston is too close to Jersey.

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