Patriots Branch-ing Out at Receiver

Trade Deion Branch

Welcome home Deion.

Deion Branch will be moving his proverbial talents to New England in the coming days, reuniting Branch with his good friend and former QB Tom Brady after the Patriots sent the Seahawks a 2011 4th-round pick. Branch was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2002 NFL Draft by Bill Belichick.

Branch was eventually shipped to Seattle in exchange for a 1st-round draft pick after a contract dispute with the Patriots.

The former Louisville star had his best seasons with the Patriots, topping out at 998 yards and 5 TD’s in 2005. Branch was hampered by injuries in Seattle, missing 17 games during his four plus seasons out west.

Branch will look to fill the vacancy created by last week’s trade of Randy Moss.

Knowing that Branch is familiar with the offense, can play all the receiver positions, and already has good chemistry with Brady, he certainly looks like he may be ready to go this Sunday against Baltimore.

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4 Responses to “Patriots Branch-ing Out at Receiver”

  1. John says:

    I’m glad they made this move because now they can develop Brandon Tate and Taylor Price as their future wide receivers without rushing them. They also shouldn’t use any of their draft picks in the first 2 rounds to get one. I’m starting to think that BGE could be a solid running back but they still need to draft one. There are only 3 running backs projected to go in the first 2 rounds of the 2011 draft. Their first pick has to be a defensive linemen (oaklands pick). The next pick will be about#25 with Vereen and Leshoure left. The question is should they reach and grab one of them or draft a different position? Are there any free agent rb’s worth signing?

    • Ryan says:

      I would not count my chickens yet, it is way to early. I could easily see Ingram tearing his ACL, he has already had knee problems. Also, there will be some RB’s who step up and get notice and could slip into the first round. Also, with UNC’s players being kicked off the team and/or not playing, they could fall to around the #25 area. This draft should very interesting.

  2. Ryan says:

    I like the move, I like not wasting a high pick on him. But we still need a RB who is going to threaten other teams. No offense to Danny and Ben, but Lynch, Jones those two look fantastic right now. Ideally, I’d like to see a Jamaal Charles esq running back. But it does not look like that is going to happen.

    • AP says:

      I like the Branch move as well. He is obviously a system player and it’s our system that he thrives in. really a no-brainer.

      I like what BJGE is doing. I think this week against Baltimore will really show whether he can carry the load. He needs to at least force the Ravens to respect that Patriots running game so the play action can work.

      While we had huge offensive success in ’07 – that’s just not a good long term plan for the impact it has on the defense all season long.

      The ’03 / ’04 teams had such control over the game – we need to get back to that.

      I like where they are headed!

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