Austin Collie's arrival in New England wasn't exactly heralded by a trumpet fanfare.
The Patriots with its crop of rookie receivers with Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola still on the mend could undeniably be helped by a veteran. But Collie largely inspired eye rolls from the fan base. Those first two seasons with the Colts when he caught seven and eight touchdowns respectively might as well have happened a decade ago.
Why? Concussions and a ruptured patellar tendon kept Collie sidelined for 22 games over the last three years. He was branded by one of the most unforgiving NFL irons: Damaged Goods.
"I'd rather not talk about the concussions or the past injuries" Collie told reporters at Gillette Friday. "All that stuff's behind me. I think I've been asked those questions a lot the past couple years and I'm ready to out all that stuff behind me and move on. I'm just ready to be here be a part of this team and help anyway I can."
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