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Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:49pm
Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. He did finish the game in Week 13, so we’re tentatively expecting him to play against the Browns this week. The Patriots re-signed Austin Collie, but that may have more to do with Aaron Dobson than with Thompkins’ status.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:40pm
Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) took limited practice reps again Thursday. He did finish the game in Week 13, so we’re tentatively expecting him to play against the Browns this week. The Patriots re-signed Austin Collie, but that may have more to do with Aaron Dobson than with Thompkins’ status.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:09am
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked Monday about the team's plans to fill it, and his answer provided insight as to how the coaching staff currently views the receiver depth chart.
First, McDaniels said that the idea of settling on a top three (Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola) has been part of the mindset, with the idea of "being able to try to have some consistency in terms of the things we are doing with those guys."
So that puts rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce as the top candidates to vie for Collie's playing time in the No. 4 spot, which averaged 22 snaps per game over the past three weeks. Both were healthy scratches last week against the Steelers.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 2:22pm
Collie was active last week in favor of Kenbrell Thompkins, but when Collie had to leave the game, it left that Pats short at WR.
The Patriots' receiving corps is pretty banged up at the moment, so this may be a signing purely to give the team some depth. Collie may be worth a pickup in very deep leagues, but in standard 12-team formats, he's simply a player to monitor.
Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:14pm
Wide receiver Austin Collie isn’t in the 49ers’ plans. Collie has a nice NFL resume (his 173 career catches are the second-most on the team among WRs behind Anquan Boldin) but Jim Harbaugh indicated during training camp Collie wasn’t fully recovered from the ruptured patella tendon he sustained last year. On Sunday, Collie didn’t play until late in the third quarter and had an eight-yard catch in 14 snaps.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:01pm
Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams appear to be ahead of the 49ers' other wide receivers. Rookie Quinton Patton has been unable to catch passes during training camp due to an injury to the index finger on his left hand, but his spot on the roster is secure.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:36pm
Collie is picking up the offense quickly, made two big catches against Denver and seems focused and eager to resume his career. The risk, of course, is his propensity for injuries, especially concussions. Collie still hasn't gone full bore due to last year's knee injury.
Still, all signs are pointing in the right direction for him.
Collie is certainly trending up our charts. He's 66th at the moment but that would change if he were to win the WR2 job. Injuries are a concern but he was always a reliable target when he was able to stay on the field.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:34pm
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he expected a bigger practice workload this week for his two newcomer receivers, Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins. Both were signed on Aug. 2 and have been worked into the ends of practices and the end of Thursday's preseason game. Neither has received any extensive work starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick to this point.
"I think they will this week, yes," Harbaugh said of increased work. "Pleased with what they're doing, definitely. They're studying hard, working hard to get out there and chomping at the bit to be out there."
Collie is an interesting name to keep an eye on. The 9ers need a WR2 to step up and with 11 WRs in camp, Collie still has a chance. Obviously past concussions are the concern here.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:56pm
No one has said when exactly Mario Manningham will return. However, he and Kendall Hunter both have been rehabilitating on a side field during practices. Hunter has been doing more -- cutting, pulling heavy chains, sprinting at full speed -- than Manningham, and Hunter still hasn't been cleared for practice. I realize their injuries are different - Hunter tore his Achilles' while Manningham had a torn ACL - and that could account for differences in their rehab routines. But it still seems as if Manningham has a few more steps to go before he can get back on the field.
As for stealing the No. 2 role ... Remember, Manningham never was the no. 2 receiver in New York. He came in on third downs, which was similar to his role with the 49ers last year. I'm not sure the 49ers see him (or Kyle Williams, for that matter) as an every-down type player. They are small guys, and their injuries last year only reinforce the concern that they can't withstand every-down pounding for 16 or more games. It's another reason to expect some sort of rotation at the position during the season.
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