The New England Patriots have had inexperience at the wide receiver spot. With rookies Kembrell Thompson, Aaron Dobson and Joyce Boyce still building chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady and with the injuries to Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Julian Edelman has been the most experienced receiver on the field. As Boston.com reports on October 3, the Patriots have reportedly signed veteran receiver Austin Collie to add depth and experience.
Collie would be taking the roster spot cleared up by the team by placing defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve. Collie was on the practice field as the team practiced on Thursday.
When healthy, Collie is a productive receiver. Now in his fourth year in the NFL, Collie caught 173 passes and 12 touchdowns while with the Indianapolis Colts early in his career. A series of concussions and a knee injury has slowed his production the last couple of seasons.
Austin Collie was released by the San Francisco 49ers in late August. He could be productive in New England as he fits the mode of a Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola and could flourish in a short passing game. If anything he will provide depth and insurance as injuries continue to plague the Patriot receivers.