Today, the New England Patriots have announced that they have resigned wide receiver Austin Collie. He was spotted at practice already and is wearing the number 10 again. Collie was previously signed in October and played in four games before being released after the Patriots win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his time with the team, he had three receptions for 34 yards before a knee injury forced him to leave and ultimately get cut. His status as injury prone is not an issue here, because he is simply a temporary filler for the Patriots banged up receivers.
The rookie Aaron Dobson was forced to miss last week’s game against the Texans with a foot injury and has not practiced since leaving the game against the Broncos. Kenbrell Thompkins also is dealing with an injury (hip), so the Patriots could potentially be without two receivers when they play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Collie’s presence adds depth and a somewhat familiar face for Tom Brady to throw to. These injuries may also indicate that we will see more of the other rookie receiver Josh Boyce this week, who has not played much this season aside from his special teams contributions against the Texans. Boyce has two receptions worth 30 yards on the season.