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Patriots bring back Deion Branch

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Deion Branch said over the weekend that he hoped to return to the Patriots, and now he’s getting his wish.

Branch has returned to the Patriots, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports.

It was a surprise — to Branch and to many NFL observers — when the Patriots released him, and it’s not a big surprise that they’re bringing him back, especially after they released receiver Greg Salas.

Last year Branch started 15 games for the Patriots and caught 51 passes for 702 yards and five touchdowns. He should be able to step in and contribute immediately this year, on an offense that just lost tight end Aaron Hernandez for a few weeks and can use another receiving threat.

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20 Responses to “Patriots bring back Deion Branch”
  1. dgrowe213 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:15 PM

    This isnt good for me because Brandon Lloyd is one of my starting WRs. Hopefully this signing motivate him to be more productive.

  2. jam11163 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:16 PM

    nice pickup. he knows the system.

  3. ampats says: Sep 18, 2012 6:25 PM

    Great news and not a surprise. His locker has been left in place so everyone knew Deion was coming back. It was not if but when.

    There is still one roster spot to go and as I posted below (unless it got “censored” as many posts do), the Pats need another LB on the roster and Bobby Carpenter makes sense but BB always does surprise.

  4. dhillca says: Sep 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    Good move

  5. supremekingz says: Sep 18, 2012 6:30 PM

    Congratulations homie! You got your wish!

  6. geniusfan says: Sep 18, 2012 6:32 PM

    Even if Branch’s skills have diminished it’s great to see him back. He’s one of my all-time favorite Patriots for sure, Branch and Brady’s chemistry is something special to see hopefully he can have another great “comeback” game against the Ravens like he had in 2010 when he got traded back to the Pats.

  7. ricknau says: Sep 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    Hernandez’s versatility was the key to NE offense. Without him, they are going back to last years version. Seems like a good time to trade for welker in fantasy. lol

  8. 84sgl says: Sep 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    Are the Pats phasing out Wes Welker? If so, I could name plenty of teams that could use him. He was the leading slot receiver in the league last year in a few categories and has 3 or 4 years in the tank. The pats aren’t even putting this man on the field half the time.. Only 7 snaps on passing plays last week? What’s up with that?

  9. TheWizard says: Sep 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    Now we can see more of the vaunted “make catch and go instantly to the ground” move.

  10. bullcharger says: Sep 18, 2012 6:57 PM

    ricknau says:Sep 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    Hernandez’s versatility was the key to NE offense. Without him, they are going back to last years version. Seems like a good time to trade for welker in fantasy. lol

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    Last years version got them to the Super Bowl with a crappy defense. I’ll take last years version and the upgraded D. That’s just fine.

  11. bahhumbug88 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:00 PM

    One more roster spot, Brian Waters, come on down.

  12. survivorbush says: Sep 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    If I were a player, I don’t know if I’d wanna play for the patriots, bcuz if you win, Brady and Belicek would get all the credit anyway plus their handling of players is unbelievably atrocious, reminds me of Pats cutting WR morning of past Superbowl, for NO REASON WHATSOEVER……even God won’t let you win when you do something like that……….

  13. trojanwarrior007 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    just as long as he doesn’t mind getting shuttled on and off the roster each week.

  14. bullcharger says: Sep 18, 2012 7:19 PM

    Are the Pats phasing out Wes Welker? If so, I could name plenty of teams that could use him. He was the leading slot receiver in the league last year in a few categories and has 3 or 4 years in the tank. The pats aren’t even putting this man on the field half the time.. Only 7 snaps on passing plays last week? What’s up with that?

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    He had 5 receptions for 95 yards. That’s not so bad. He’s older now… The Patriots definitely wan’t him to be more fresh as the season goes on.

  15. descendency says: Sep 18, 2012 7:37 PM

    Count me in the group that thinks this is a short term move. Branch had 6 catches in the last 5 regular season games last year. He was a non factor down the stretch.

  16. lakermetskins says: Sep 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    This is more a statement about B-Lloyd.

  17. blackcatninja says: Sep 18, 2012 8:39 PM

    agree with bullcharger: 5 rec. for 95 yds. isn’t at all shabby: media making something bigger out of nothin’. sharp, fast rhythm offense w/deion, wes, gronk, edelman, lloyd is a must against baltimore. throw first to setup run w/ridley (opposite would be a disaster against baltimore front 7).

    go pats!

  18. voice0freasonsays says: Sep 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    Good move. My RG3 fathead told me so Brother!!!!

  19. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 18, 2012 10:57 PM

    ricknau says:Sep 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    Hernandez’s versatility was the key to NE offense. Without him, they are going back to last years version.
    ———————————————————-
    You mean the “version” that got to the Super Bowl last year …….. THAT version?

  20. thatchrisguy says: Sep 19, 2012 11:56 PM

    I’m starting to think of Branch as the next incarnation of Troy Brown. Belichick obviously sees enough in him to keep bringing him back, and his chemistry with Brady is well known. No, Branch isn’t the player he was when he was a Super Bowl MVP, but he knows the system, and knows his place. Good to see him back!

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