Although former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie won’t be fully healthy until October, the New England Patriots have kicked the tires on the productive slot receiver. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss tweeted that the Patriots recently worked out the free agent wideout, and it will be interesting to see if Collie can actually capture one of the Patriots final roster spots. The Pats are likely still looking to add a receiver and a defensive tackle with their two last roster spots, as they have 88 of the 90 positions filled on the roster.
The Patriots decision to work out Collie is not a surprising one, and it seemed like the Pats would end up working out Collie at some point. He is a solid receiver when healthy and can move the chains in the slot, but the Pats already figure to have the slot filled with Danny Amendola and other receivers on the roster are versatile enough to play on the inside.
Collie still has to get over his concussion woes, but the classy 27-year-old is getting healthier and has a great outlook. I am rooting hard for him to get back on a team and be a productive player, and it will be interesting to see if he ends up getting that chance with the New England Patriots. While I doubt it, it is interesting to see that the Pats did work out Collie, even if they are just doing due diligence here. Collie should be able to find another chance in the NFL this regular season, and hopefully he can be healthy enough to make good on that chance.