Bruins sign Morrison to entry-level deal

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Bruins sign Morrison to entry-level deal

SUNRISE, Fla. He wont be any kind of answer to the goaltending woes going on currently in Boston, but the Bruins have taken a flyer on another young goaltender.

The Bs announced on Thursday afternoon that theyve signed 21-year-old Adam Morrison from the Vancouver Giants to an entry-level deal, but hell finish out his junior hockey season with the Giants.

Morrison has played 56 WHL games this season for the Saskatoon Blades and the Giants, and has put together a 35-17-3 record with a 2.80 goals against average and .900 save percentage with one shutout. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Morrison is a native of White Rock, British Columbia and is another newly minted member of the Black and Gold organization plucked right out of Canucks country.

Morrison was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round (81st overall pick) in the 2009 draft, but never came to terms with the goalie-starved organization. Morrison will likely get added to the goaltending group in Providence once his junior hockey season is over and hell compete with Anton Khudobin and Michael Hutchinson for playing time.

Jamie Collins says he'll play quarterback for Patriots if they need him

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Jamie Collins says he'll play quarterback for Patriots if they need him

FOXBORO -- It's looking more and more like the Patriots will have options at quarterback Sunday against the Bills. Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett threw at practice on Wednesday, and it appears that at least one of them, if not both, will be available for the final game of Tom Brady's suspension. 

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is the likely candidate to jump behind center should the team run into an emergency, but on Wednesday another player threw his hat into the ring. 

"Yeah, I'll play," said linebacker Jamie Collins. "Whatever it is. I don't care what the level is. I don't care what the level is. Whatever it is they need me to do, I'm doing it."

That would be some kind of show.

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, and with remarkable closing speed, Collins would be an intimidating run-first signal-caller. He's listed at two inches shorter and five pounds heavier than Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, and his NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash time was only 0.05 seconds slower than Newton's. 

Just to take this pie-in-the-sky idea even further, Collins can throw, too. Or he could at one point in time. He played quarterback at Franklin County High in Meadville, Miss. before heading off to Southern Mississippi to play all over the Golden Eagles defense. As a high school senior, he cracked 1,000 yards both on the ground and through the air.

Asked if he saw himself back then as a future star in the NFL as a passer, Collins shook his head.

"Nah," he said. "I ain't even see myself as a quarterback in the NFL."

The Patriots would be just fine with Collins sticking at linebacker. He had one of the best games of his career against the Texans last week, racking up 14 tackles and picking off Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler. He also made the calls in the middle of the defense, which is a job that typically falls to Dont'a Hightower, but Collins took over with Hightower out with a knee injury.

"Jamie Collins, he's a beast, man," said safety Duron Harmon after the game. "I tell you what, I've seen a lot of football players play, and he's definitely one of my favorite players to just watch. You just get caught up sometimes seeing all the amazing stuff he does on the field, you just sit in awe. I'm so happy he's on my team, I'll tell you that."

And the team is happy he's at linebacker. But imagine him at quarterback?