The New England Patriots made a couple of roster moves today, as they released wide receiver Austin Collie, and replaced him with former Raven LaQuan Williams. Austin Collie seemed to be falling out of the Patriot offense in recent weeks, given the rise of rookie Aaron Dobson, and the return of Rob Gronkowski. He also injured his knee in last week’s win over the Steelers, so his release isn’t exactly a surprise.
It doesn’t appear that Williams was brought into New England to be a featured wide-out in the offense, as he has hauled in a whopping four catches in his three year career. But as Mike Reiss points in this piece, Williams could bring a solid presence to the already talented Patriots special teams, as evidenced by a big play Williams made in last year’s AFC Championship game.
After the Pats 55 point outburst this past Sunday, I don’t think that the Patriots were out to get another playmaker this week, but the addition of Williams certainly can’t hurt, and he could possibly come in and make some big plays, alongside special teams ace Matthew Slater, in the coming weeks.
(As a side note, New England also signed rookie running back Cierre Wood to the practice squad, as a part of today’s flurry of transactions.)