Pats Sign WR, Release Austin Collie

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have
signed WR LaQuan Williams to the 53-man roster and released WR Austin
Collie. In addition, the Patriots
signed rookie RB Cierre Wood to the practice squad.

   
Williams, 25, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Baltimore
Ravens. The 6-foot, 195-pounder originally entered the NFL as a rookie
free agent with the Ravens out of Maryland in 2011. Williams was
released by Baltimore on Sept. 6, 2013. He played
in 23 NFL games over the last two seasons and finished with four
receptions for 46 yards and nine special teams tackles. Last season,
Williams played in 11 games and finished with five special teams tackles
before being placed on injured reserve.

   
Collie, 27, was signed by the Patriots on Oct. 3. The 6-foot,
204-pounder is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts
(2009-12) after originally entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft
pick (127th overall) of the Colts out
of Brigham Young in 2009. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as
an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 2, 2013, but was released by the
49ers on Aug. 31.

   
Collie has played in 46 NFL games with 17 starts and has registered 176
receptions for 1,879 yards and 16 touchdowns. He played in four games
with one start for the Patriots
and registered three receptions for 34 yards.

   
Wood, 22, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as a rookie
free agent out of Notre Dame on May 10, 2013. He made the 53-man roster
out of training camp and played in three games before being released on
Oct. 21. Wood had three rushing attempts
for nine yards in his three NFL games. He led Notre Dame in rushing in
two of his three college seasons.