The 2013 season saw the injury bug find a home in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and it pretty much stayed there for the entire year. The whole team was hit hard by injury, including the young wide receiving corps. The Patriots have a bunch of young talent on the outside, but Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce couldn’t stay healthy for any long period of time. This forced veteran Austin Collie into action, and for a guy that had been out of the league before the Patriots called, he did quite well.
Collie moved all over the field, playing outside the numbers, and in the slot. Collie stepped up big time in the AFC Championship game, hauling in four passes, for a total of 57 yards. We don’t know how the Pats will go about filling up the receiver position this offseason, but I don’t think that Collie will back (initially). New England will look to either re-sign Julian Edelman, or maybe go after an explosive wide receiver, someone like Emmanuel Sanders. But if injuries crop up on the Patriots once again, Collie should be one of the first guys they call, to provide depth for Tom Brady and company. He is familiar with the offense, and if needed, he showed that he can produce.