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Austin Collie gets another shot, as New England Patriots sign the oft-injured receiver

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If Austin Collie is going to resurrect his once promising NFL career, landing with the New England Patriots is a fantastic start.

The Patriots signed Collie, according to multiple reports and it seems like a great fit. The Patriots could use the help and Collie seems to be a good fit in the offense. If he can stay healthy, of course.

Collie is one of the more sympathetic figures in recent NFL history. He was a fourth-round pick of the Colts out of BYU, then had 15 touchdowns in 25 games in 2009 and 2010. He was an emerging star, but multiple concussions and a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee have limited him to one touchdown since then. He has played in one game since 2011. He was cut by the 49ers at the end of this preseason.

Collie never got the big contract he seemed headed toward while he was compiling two strong seasons with the Colts. There's no guarantee he'll carve out a role with the Patriots either. Danny Amendola will probably be healthy at some point, and the team has a lot of incentive to develop rookie receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Collie still has to show he's in shape and can play at a high level.

But for now it's a good development for Collie. He has an NFL job again. He has one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time throwing him the ball. This is probably his best chance to find out if his career has a second wind.

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