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October 5, 2013

Veteran WR Collie proud to be with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Austin Collie has been a member of the New England Patriots less than a week.

Although it took the veteran receiver no time at all to recognize the culture he is now a part of.

“There’s not many places where you go in and you can just tell winning is expected here,” Collie said Friday while addressing the Boston media for the first time. “You’ve got a bunch of grown men here who know how to handle their business. You don’t need anyone looking after them. They’re all self-motivated, and I think that’s a rarity to find that every single guy on the squad is like that.

“You can definitely tell that here is one of those places.”

Collie was signed Thursday by New England (4-0) to help bolster a youthful, yet banged up, receiving corps. Danny Amendola, acquired during the offseason to replace Wes Welker, has missed the last three games with a groin injury. Rookies Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) and Aaron Dobson (neck) both suffered injuries Sunday night against Atlanta, were limited in practice this week and likely will be questionable for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati (2-2).

Whether Collie plays against the Bengals (2-2) on Sunday remains to be seen.

“We’ll kind of recall where he is and see where we’re at tomorrow and make a decision,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “I don’t know.”

Collie was in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers but released on Aug. 31. After working out with a few teams, including the Patriots, the 6-foot, 204-pound wideout arrived in New England in time to practice Thursday, and again Friday.

“There’s definitely a unique feel here, definitely great guys in the locker room, great team camaraderie,” he said. “So it’s fun. It’s a great place to be.”

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