With Josh Boyce (ankle) being placed on injured reserve, Bill Belichick had to go out and sign a wide receiver. Now that the New England Patriots are in the playoffs, it only made sense to bring in a wide receiver that knew the offense. That is why re-signing Austin Collie was the right move.
There are once again three slot receivers on the Patriots. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Collie all offer the same skill-set but are exactly what Josh McDaniels wants. McDaniels is determined to get quick-twitch wide receivers who can get open in a small area, and this coincides with the type of wide receiver that Tom Brady likes to throw to.
Collie has not been horrible, though. He has made some pretty big catches in his tenure with the Patriots, including the fourth-down conversion against the New Orleans Saints. If there is one thing that Patriots fans can say about Collie it’s that he is clutch.
However, Patriots fans should not expect much from Collie. The top three wide receivers on team are Edelman, Aaron Dobson (when healthy) and Amendola. Kenbrell Thompkins is the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart which would make Collie the fifth receiver at best.
So it would probably take two things for Collie to even see the field. First, somebody would have to go down. That is very possible considering that Dobson might not even play next Saturday due to an aggravated foot sprain. Even if Collie is the No. 4 wide receiver, he would only see the field in four-wide receiver sets which McDaniels only uses in comeback mode.
Nevertheless, bringing back Collie was the right move. He is an extra body that is familiar with the offense and provides insurance in case Dobson cannot play. This makes Collie a potential asset for the playoffs.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.