Kudos to Joe Baker of SB Nation's terrific Indianapolis Colts blog "Stampede Blue" for responding to some questions on Austin Collie's rookie season. It should provide a bit of the Colts' fan-base's perspective on the former Cougar.
1 - What are Colts' fans overall impressions of Austin Collie now as compared to last April when he was drafted?
Collie was impressive, we knew he was suppose to be a polished, low ceiling-high floor type guy, but no one expected him to play as big of a role as he did. His expectations going into the year were a competent slot guy. This coming year everyone was so impressed they are expecting Brandon Stokley 2.0.
2 - How does Collie fit into next season's plans with Anthony Gonzalez presumably returning from injury?
Another WR back into the mix can't help Collies playing time, but against the idea most people have, the Colts like Gonzalez on the outside more than in the slot. That means Gonzalez will be taking Pierre Garçon's role not Collies. I expect the situation to be the same it was going into last year. Gonzalez and Wayne on the outside, with a camp/preseason battle between Collie and Garçon for the slot WR spot (Collie won last year after Pierre struggled to catch anything in preseason).