WR Austin Collie - Free Agent

6-1, 200Born: 11-11-1985College: B.Y.U.Drafted: Round 4, pick 127 (2009)

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2013 Week 6 vs NO (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 8 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 19 vs IND (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

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.

2013 Week 20 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

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.

2012 Week 3 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Collie only saw one pass. It was a catch over the middle that he made between two defenders. He injured his knee on the play and limped to the sideline. He never returned, instead sitting on the sideline holding his knee.

2011 Week 1 vs HOU (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Playing as the slot receiver, Collie saw few opportunities this game. Two of his three targets, however, were in the red zone, and Collie nearly had a touchdown but for the heel of his second foot just coming down on the end line. Collie's playing time was cut into by the Colts using fewer three receiver sets than in the past. Two tight end formations were used, as well as formations that made use of fullback/TE Brody Elridge.

2011 Week 2 vs CLE (10 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie is another huge victim of the Peyton Manning effect as Collins really does not know when or how to use him. Collie was used down the seam frequently by Manning for big gains but Collins seems only able to hit Collie on short routes that resulted in a very modest stat line on sunday. He has little chemistry with his QB as the two had a lot of incompletions and Collie dropped a pass late in the game. Until Collins masters this offense, no WR except Wayne for the Colts should be started in most leagues.

2011 Week 3 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)

After his goose-egg in Week 1, Collie is beginning to be utilized a bit more. His average of fewer than six yards per catch, however, is a quality illustration of the difference in quarterbacks. Collie is being used on short, easy pass plays that are designed to gain run-play yards (4 to 8). He displayed nice "wiggle" to make himself available, and despite all of the concussions last year, he's not afraid to work the middle of the field. Collie's upside, however, is limited because this clearly isn't an offense capable of giving value to more than two pass-catchers.

2011 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

He was on the field plenty but saw very few targets until the 4th quarter. Most of the time Painter was off the mark but Collie made an outstanding catch as the 3rd quarter was winding down where he made a shoelace type grab and managed to make a first down. Collie is running crisp routes but Painter is not looking to get the ball to him and wasn't targeting him until much later int he game. He did have 3 targets on the last drive of the night but didn't produce many receptions or yards.

2011 Week 5 vs KC (2 / 2 / 50 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie has been such a ghost this season that even he seemed to seem surprised when he made his first catch of the game. The route was a hitch route and Painter hit him at the 3 yard line, but Collie froze for just a second and was tackled there. It almost seemed as if he thought he was in the end zone when he caught it. He also made a great catch over Javier Arenas streaking down the left sideline as the Colts attempted to make a 4th quarter comeback.

2011 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Collie is hurt the most by Manning's absence, since he was valuable as a 4th or even 5th option for Manning and it is hard for Curtis Painter to find his first and second options most of the time, let alone 3rd and beyond. It is unclear as to whether the Torrence INT was on Painter for the overthrow or if Collie cut his route short, but it was a play that would have gone for a sizeable gain had the WR and QB been on the same page.

2011 Week 8 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Collie finally seemed to become part of the game plan, running underneath routes and being found on a couple well-executed slot screens. Collie also was found streaking up the seam of the defense for his long of the day of 21 yards. The Titans also showed major respect for the slot machine lining up Cortland Finnegan against him for the majority of the day. Collie's production will continue to sputter as long as Painter refuses to use the middle of the field, a place where he and Dallas Clark thrive.

2011 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie managed to get the most yards of any Colts receiver but it's still far below his production from last year and if 32 yards leads receivers for the day, you know it can't be a good situation. QB Painter is too erratic and inaccurate with his throws and the Colts are also leaning a lot on the running game as games frequently get beyond reach fast and they try to end the game in a respectful fashion rather than Painter going down swinging. Collie is a great downfield threat with seam and corner routes but Painter doesn't seem to get him the ball in anything that isn't a very short pass that often results in few yards. Collie caught several short passes that got some yards and a few first downs but never threatened the defense deep and never got any passes near the goal line with a chance to score.

2011 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Collie did a great job of getting open on an 11-yard completion, driving the defender down the field and then cutting back to the outside and toward the ball, setting of a string of 3 straight connections with QB Curtis Painter. Collie saw his opportunities increase in the second half, as the Colts got behind and threw the ball a good bit against somewhat soft coverage beginning late in the 3rd quarter.

2011 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie did not make a reception until the fourth quarter after Painter missed him a couple of times early in the game on what would have been easy completions for most quarterbacks. Collie kept the game alive for the Colts after catching a pass on a drag route in the game's final moments. Collie's value has taken a turn for the worse this season but expect him to be a trustworthy WR3 or more next season especially if the Colts take Luck.

2011 Week 13 vs NE (8 / 7 / 70 / 0 rec)

Collie reemerged as an offensive threat catching a variety of short crosses and outs underneath the Pats soft coverage. His best catch of the day was a one handed snag on a lob pass from Orlovsky in the 4th quarter. He showed great concentration and never took his eyes off the ball. Collie looked good after the catch as well, several times scampering for extra yardage.

2011 Week 14 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Collie had a few catches in the first half but none of his targets were anything deeper than ten yards. He often played in the slot and worked the middle of the field. He is still a factor on third downs, as he was able to convert two first downs on third down plays.

2011 Week 16 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

With Indianapolis using more fullbacks and double tight end sets, Collie saw the field less as the slot receiver. However, the Colts offense used three receivers enough in the red zone to give Collie a pair of looks inside the opponent's 15 yard line. His best play came on third down early in the fourth quarter, when he beat a corner in press coverage, getting a small step on him and then making an over the shoulder catch as Orlovksy perfectly dropped the ball in.

2011 Week 17 vs JAX (11 / 9 / 96 / 1 rec)

Collie had his best performance of the year; too bad it was on week seventeen. Collie had all of his catches in the second half when the Colts were playing catch up. Collie played as the slot receiver when the Colts went to three and four wide sets. Collie also had one reception where he was tackled inside three so there could have been a little bit bigger day for him. His touchdown reception came on their last drive of the game. On the play, the defender tried to jump the route but Orlovsky was able to get it past him, and Collie was able to use his speed to take it into the end zone on the twelve yard play.

2010 Week 1 vs HOU (12 / 11 / 163 / 1 rec)

Austin Collie had one of the best games of his career against Houston, catching the ball 11 times and scoring on a 73 yard catch and run in the fourth quarter to bring the Colts to within one score before Houston tacked on its final points. Collie suffered a huge hit in the first half on a 20 yard completion that jarred the ball loose resulting in a lost fumble inside the Houston ten yard line. Collie lined up most often on the left side of the field with Reggie Wayne although he was sent in motion a few times when it appeared Wayne might be single covered. Peyton Manning seems to have gained a lot of trust in Collie, particularly as he continued to go back to the young receiver even after he had fumbled in Texans' territory.

2010 Week 2 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)

Collie had a quiet but decent game, working underneath the secondary for key third down conversions and a nice touchdown catch on a play design that left him wide open. Caught mostly short passes, but was reliable and did all the Colts asked of him. His quickness and sure hands make him a good third down slot receiver, but as a result does not get many deep looks

2010 Week 3 vs DEN (16 / 12 / 171 / 2 rec)

Here's your league leader in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Collie abused Perrish Cox all day, doing nothing spectacular, but always being perfectly in synch with Peyton Manning and efficiently getting yards after the catch. Collie's dependable hands, routes, and toughness allowed Manning to lean on him all day, especially in crucial game situations. His second TD was a perfectly timed gldiing leap over Cox in the front corner of the end zone to clinch the game. Collie won't keep up the league-leading pace, and Pierre Garcon will be back, but you have to think he'll continue to exceed expectations for the rest of the season.

2010 Week 4 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 39 / 1 rec)

It's easy when Collie catches double digit receptions and brag about what a great game he had. It's another when the defense is scheming and he still manages to haul in several balls and score s a TD on what was a pretty rough afternoon for him. The Jags were looking to stop him and roll some of their coverage to his side. Collie still was able to work the middle of the field and also the seam between the numbers and the sidelines. Collie didn't get a target until the 2nd quarter and only 2 in the 1st half total. He also had 2 in the 3rd quarter and 3 in the 4th quarter with 2 of them on the final drive when Indy needed them the most. Collie scored and tied the football game up late with short dart to the outside right of the end zone just passed the goal line. That capped an impressive 2 minute drill that only took up about a minute.

2010 Week 5 vs KC (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Collie was clearly hampered by his foot injury after the catch, and his targets went way down with the return of Pierre Garcon. The crafty slot receivers adjustments to the ball in flight were still perfect, and he drew a long pass interference penalty on his one deep target of the day. He is no longer the WR1/WR2 he was in Garcon's absence, but he shouldn't be dropped.

2010 Week 6 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 57 / 1 rec)

Collie has been relegated back to slot duty with Garcon coming back from his injury. With that being said Collie is still a major cog in the Colts attack. The downside however is that Collie is running almost nothing but underneath routes and making short catches on the run. He turned in a fine game on Sunday night reeling in a short TD reception as well among his 7 catches. Collie's adjustments and route running were impeccable as usual.

2010 Week 9 vs PHI (2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie finished Week 9 with just one catch for a loss of a yard, but the bigger story for Collie was what happened on his second and final target of the contest. Collie went over the middle in the second quarter and was about to complete the catch when two Eagles defenders converged on him and hit him hard. The second defender collided with Collie in a helmet-to-helmet strike that left Collie unconscious and lying still on the turf for several minutes. In a scary scene, Collie was wheeled off the field on a stretcher, completely strapped in and immobilized. The good news at halftime was that Colts president Bill Polian confirmed that Collie was relatively okay with "just" a concussion. Time will tell as to when Collie will return to action.

2010 Week 11 vs NE (6 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

Austin Collie was unfortunately knocked out of the game after suffering an injury early on, but he was on fire up until that point, catching mostly quick slants and getting yards after the catch. It is unknown whether or not the injury he sustained was concussion related, but he appeared to take the brunt of the hit on the head.

2010 Week 15 vs JAX (10 / 8 / 87 / 2 rec)

Collie was everywhere in the first half. Manning went to him 8 times, and Collie responded with 2 touchdowns, including a beautiful 27 yarder in which he took the slant, cut upfield, and outran everyone for a touchdown. His quickness, and precise route running this season have vaulted him to a position where he has become Manning's primary target. As good as he was though, his third concussion of the year leaves the Colts in a position where they will probably have to end his season, so as to give him some time to get his head clear.

2009 Week 1 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Collie was mainly used as an underneath receiver in intermediate down and distance combinations. His role will probably not increase too much in Gonzalez absence because he is best suited for the slot.

2009 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Collie started, but he played a very small role, not hooking up with Manning on one short route, but converting a third down on the same route later in the game. It doesn't seem like he was going to be a big part of the game plan even if the Colts had more possessions.

2009 Week 3 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Collie ran more downfield routes than he had in the first two games, but he doesn't seem to be a run after catch threat and also shies away from contact. He is definitely behind Pierre Garcon on the fantasy depth chart at this point, but he's running good routes and helping the offense function like a well-oiled machine.

2009 Week 4 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)

Collie excelled with the short, middle, catch and run routes. All he did was catch nearly everything thrown in his direction, including one TD.

2009 Week 5 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 97 / 2 rec)

Collie had a career night setting career highs in receptions (8) and yards (97) while earning his first multi-TD game of his young career. Collie worked out of the slot virtually all night and was targeted early and often by Peyton Manning. Collie's first TD catch came on mismatch as he ate up LB Keith Bulluck, breaking two tackles on his way to a 39 yard TD scamper. He later caught a nice touch pass over the middle in the 3rd quarter for his 2nd TD of the night. Collie continues to improve week to week and seems to be becoming more involved in the Colts passing attack. It is unclear if he is now the true #2 WR in Indy, but for this week he looked like the #2 and played like a #1.

2009 Week 7 vs STL (6 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)

Collie caught four short balls against the Rams, picking up occasional yardage after the catch. He was able to break one of them for 17 total yards on third and long, but his biggest fantasy catch of the day came long after the game was decided. Collie's final catch was a red zone eight yarder for a touchdown with under four minutes to play in "garbage time" from Peyton Manning (who for some reason was still in there). Collie was the most productive wideout after Reggie Wayne, so he will see the most work until Anthony Gonzalez returns and may still be a contributor even after Gonzalez comes back.

2009 Week 8 vs SF (8 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

Collie continues to show that he is an ultra-reliable target underneath. He was mainly used on shorter routes, but not exclusively. When the Colts are leading, Garcon and Collie's roles are clearer, but when behind, they are pretty much interchangeable. And so, as the game plan went out the window, both became less effective.

2009 Week 9 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Collie had a somewhat quiet game, posting only 2 receptions for 26 yards. Collie was called upon in 4 wide sets with (Clark, Wayne, and Garcon all split out) and appears to be at his best when running slants and post patterns. Manning does not hesitate to look to Collie, but he was clearly the 3rd or 4th option on most passing plays where he was on the field. Contrast that to earlier points in the season when Manning looked to Collie for easy completions from the moment the ball was snapped.

2009 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Rookie wide receiver Austin Collie did not do terribly much in Week 10 against New England. Collie was relegated to the third wideout for Indianapolis, which often had him standing off to the side as TE Dallas Clark stood in the slot. When Collie did get in the game (later in both halves) he was productive, gaining 45 total yards but taking six short catches to get there. Collie did go deep with just over three minutes left in the contest as he drew a 31-yard pass interference penalty. Right now, Pierre Garcon looks to be on the field more than Collie, but Collie is doing much more with his opportunities.

2009 Week 11 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Collie has been taking a back seat lately to fellow wideout Pierre Garcon. Week 11 saw a continuation of this as Collie was targeted just 1 time. He reeled in the pass, a short 3rd down conversion.

2009 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)

Collie finished the day with 4 receptions, including a great 31 yard catch on a right-to-left crossing pattern where he caught the ball and weaved through the defense for extra yards. Collie is working as the team's third receiver out of the slot when Dallas Clark s held in at the line.

2009 Week 13 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 18 / 1 rec)

Collie was targeted on the first offensive play, but the ball was not catchable. He made two red zone receptions, the second one for a touchdown. Used sparingly, he was most valuable in the red zone, and though the Titans shut down TE Dallas Clark, Collie got free on those occasions.

2009 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 39 / 1 rec)

Like most of the Colts receivers, Collie had to get most of his production from underneath routes on Sunday. Collie did score the first touchdown for the Colts, and was able to get open with ease against veteran cornerback Ty Law on a jerk route in the endzone. Like Reggie Wayne, Collies biggest play of the day came on a short route where he gained almost 20-yards after the catch. Peyton Manning did target Collie deep over the middle of the field, and one of those passes was intercepted by rookie Darcel McBath.

2009 Week 15 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Austin Collie had three catches and one short end-around run in Week 15, but his one big highlight came in the second quarter when he helped Indianapolis to close out the first half with another touchdown. Collie shook off minimal coverage and ran a seam route out of the right slot and grabbed the touchdown from 23 yards away in the final minute of the second quarter. Collie now leads all NFL rookies with seven touchdown receptions this season.

2009 Week 16 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 94 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Collie was the Colts best receiver on the day. He showed a knack for getting free to get extra yards (and often enough) a first down. Austin Collie: Just. Gets. Open. He really put on a show, catching on all kinds of different routes. With Pierre Garcon out, he got a few looks on longer patterns as well, and didn't miss a beat with the change in assignment from his usual short routes.

2009 Week 17 vs BUF (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Collie caught one of the very few downfield throws from Peyton Manning, and he stayed on the field some with Painter, but like the rest of Colts, he was mainly going through the motions.

2009 Week 19 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 52 / 1 rec)

The rookie WR had a very solid game for the Colts in his playoff debut vs. the Ravens. He made a few nice timing route receptions in the 1st half, each time out running Ed Reed across the middle. Manning found him in the left corner of the end zone for a critical 4th down TD late in the 2nd quarter. This catch ended up being the game winning score on the afternoon.

2009 Week 20 vs NYJ (9 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec)

Collie had a couple of near scores early on, coming down with the ball but was stopped just short of the goal line each time. Near the end of the half, he made two awesome catches in a row for the touchdown, giving the Colts offense life after a tough start. He went over 100 yard in this game and looked impressive, but was overshadowed by the heroics of Pierre Garcon.