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Patriots cut Austin Collie, sign LaQuan Williams

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Austin Collie’s stint in New England didn’t last long.

Collie, the veteran receiver who signed with the Patriots five weeks ago, has been released, according to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.

The 27-year-old Collie played three games with the Patriots and caught three passes for 34 yards. Although Collie showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Colts, he has played sparingly the last two years after he had a series of concussions. He also suffered a knee injury on Sunday against the Steelers.

The Patriots have also signed former Ravens wide receiver LaQuan Williams. Although Williams has less experience as a receiver than Collie, he’s a better special teams player, and now that the Patriots are getting healthier in the passing game, a receiver who can contribute on special teams is a higher priority.

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14 Responses to “Patriots cut Austin Collie, sign LaQuan Williams”
  1. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 5, 2013 3:03 PM

    Collie came in with zero preparation and made a couple key plays. He’s got my respect.

    Williams was mainly a kick returner at Maryland, and I doubt they’d count on him to be a part of the offense. I’m hoping this means an eventual end to Blount returning kickoffs.

  2. j0esixpack says: Nov 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    Shadow roster – he’ll be re-signed should they need him

  3. Obama's Ballsack says: Nov 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    When will they cut Washington.

  4. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Nov 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    I like Williams, he was able to make some good plays for the Ravens on offence and special teams. Hopefully he will be able to stay healthy since that has been what has limited him the most the last couple years.

  5. sweetnlow44 says: Nov 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    Collie’s a great ballplayer. Too bad the injuries got the best of his young career. Would love to see him get an opportunity to play again.

  6. patsfansknowitall says: Nov 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    cue the duckboats.

  7. nukaten says: Nov 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    Colts could use a slot receiver!!!

  8. kevo126 says: Nov 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    @Patskrieg dot com

    the ravens rarely used williams on returns and i doubt the pats will use him in that role.

  9. nattypoes says: Nov 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Ravens fans know LaQuan Williams can ball. He was consistently one of the best receivers during training camp, and it baffled many Ravens fans why he never got a legit shot at competing to start. Whenever he did get a shot, he always produced.

    Pats fans will be pleasantly surprised, the guy has great hands and can play, he just needs to be given some playtime.

  10. beefsbrother says: Nov 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    I hope his small but important contributions caught other teams’ interest. Good hands, good route runner, hope he’s healthy enough to continue his career for a while.

  11. keltictim says: Nov 5, 2013 3:44 PM

    Had it not been for concussions he could have had a hell of a career.

  12. ejvyas says: Nov 5, 2013 9:28 PM

    Bye bye Leon Washington

  13. lanman11 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:38 AM

    LaQuan has almost no real experience receiving and rarely beat out a starter for a spot in college or the Pro’s. Vereen is ready to play and they plan on using him as a slot receiver. Belichick has said that his previous experience as a special teams coach plays a major role in how he learned to manage a roster. I think they decided to strengthen special teams because they will see Ted Ginn after the bye in Carolina, and they’ll see Trindon Holliday with Denver the following week. However, since Holliday returned a punt 90 yards and a kickoff 104 yards, both for TD’s against the Ravens in the playoffs last year, I’m wondering what LaQuan brings to the table besides bad memories.

  14. lanman11 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:52 AM

    Oh yeah, Ted Ginn returned a punt for a TD against the Ravens in Week 3 of the pre-season, where LaQuan ran right past him. A week later LaQuan was waived. Maybe he was filling his lane ind it was someone else’s job to take Ginn down but it didn’t look good…. But I’m doubting Collie could do any better, and since LaQuan has a reputation for being a good special teams player in general I suppose it adds some strength to the roster.

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