Providence Journal photo / Bob Breidenbach
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There is a saying that the “third time is a charm” and for wide receiver Austin Collie, he hopes that there will be some merit to it. The New England Patriots signed Collie for the third time this season Thursday afternoon.
The team released Collie last Friday, but his services are needed now that wide receivers Josh Boyce (foot) and Aaron Dobson (ankle) are dealing with injuries. Both players have not practiced this week as a result off the ailments.
The 27 year-old played in seven games for the Patriots earlier this year, notching six catches for 63 yards. His best game up to this point this season came on December 15 against the division rival Miami Dolphins. He snared two passes for 25 yards, with his longest catch of the day being a 19-yarder.
He was a fourth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts back in 2009, but injuries have marred his career to this point.
Collie was present at practice Thursday donning jersey number 10, and the Patriots will need to announce a roster move as a result.
Signing Collie although not a major move gives the Patriots depth, and with this being his third go-around, he has some familiarity with the New England system. With the playoffs approaching, there is never such a thing as too much depth. It will be interesting to see what kind of an impact if any Collie will make in the playoffs and how the team will utilize him.