Bill Belichick discusses possibility of Austin Collie playing Sunday
|10.04.13 at 12:22 pm ET|
Bill Belichick said new receiver Austin Collie “seems like a pretty smart guy,” which means he could be on the field sooner rather than later with the Patriots.
“I think probably what we’re doing are things he’s done before — just had different ways of calling it or terminology or that type of thing,” Belichick said on Friday. “We’ll see. We’ve had him on the field for one day, so we’ll see how it goes today. We’ll kind of recall where he is and see where we’re at [Saturday] and make a decision. I don’t know.”
Collie signed with the Patriots on Thursday. The 27-year-old, a 6-foot, 204-pound wide receiver, has played four seasons in the NFL with the Colts. His best year came as a rookie in 2009 when he had 60 catches for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the course of his career, he’s accumulated 163 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.
According to Belichick, he does bring some positional versatility to the field in that he’s played on both the inside and the outside. That versatility and smarts could mean he’d be able to get acclimated quicker and get on the field sooner than your average receiver. When it comes to getting up to speed in the system, you never know: Belichick said Friday when he was the head coach in Cleveland, there was an instance when they signed a player on a Tuesday and started him on Sunday.
“I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how it goes,” Belichick said. “We worked with him one day; we’ll see how it goes.”
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