Belichick leaves door open on Collie

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick did not rule out the possibility that newly-signed receiver Austin Collie could play for the New England Patriots in Sunday’s road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We’ve had him on the field one day, so we’ll see how it goes today, what kind of recall there is, and see where we’re at tomorrow and make a decision,” Belichick said Friday.

Belichick’s answer came in the context of whether Collie’s past experience in the Indianapolis Colts' system might make his transition to the Patriots easier.

“He seems like a pretty smart guy, so I think probably what we’re doing are things he’s done before, we just have different ways of calling it or terminology or that type of thing. We’ll see,” he said.

Belichick also pointed out that Collie has played in the slot and also on the outside, “so he has some versatility.”

And while it’s not ideal to sign a player on Thursday and then play him Sunday, such a scenario is not unusual. Belichick left the door open.

“I don’t know. We’ll just have to see how it goes,” he repeated. “We’ve only been with him one day.”