WR Austin Collie, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 200, Born: 11-11-1985, College: B.Y.U., Drafted: Round 4
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 6 - Austin Collie had only played one snap prior to the eight snap game winning drive, but he played a crucial role in that drive. His first catch was a 15 yard first down conversion on a pass down the middle with about 45 seconds to go in the game. His second grab, one of the most crucial in the game, came on 4th down with about 20 seconds to go in the game. Collie ran a nice out route for 9 yards, secured the catch with no problem, and had the presence of mind to hand the ball to the referee and run back to the huddle for the spike. To be sure, Collie was an unsung hero this game.
Week 8 - Though he wasn’t targeted, Collie was in for slightly less than half of the Patriots’ offensive snaps. He’s behind Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson in the wide receiver pecking order.
Week 19 - Collie was mostly on the sidelines, but he did have a third-down catch in the red zone in the fourth quarter to help put his former team away.
Week 20 - As Aaron Dobson was hobbling around and Danny Amendola was busy stinking up Mile High, Austin Collie became the de facto WR2 on the day, playing a reasonable game given expectations placed upon him. Collie made several solid grabs, including one notable one in a pretty contested window while falling to the ground. However, the most notable play involving Collie came towards the end of the first half. The Patriots got the ball with 25 seconds left in the half and 3 timeouts. Collie got open on a deep ball that would have put them in scoring range if not scored a touchdown, and instead Tom Brady sailed the pass too long and it floated out of bounds, killing what little momentum the Patriots might have been able to muster up. Similar to Julian Edelman, the Patriots may want to look at Collie again in 2014 as a reasonably cheap veteran option at WR.