Patriots cut Deion Branch, call up Greg Salas

Reuters

The Patriots have made a move to get younger at wide receiver.

New England today released veteran Deion Branch and brought Greg Salas up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports.

Salas was a 2011 fourth-round draft pick of the Rams whom the Patriots traded for in September. But the Patriots apparently didn’t think Salas was ready, because they soon cut him and re-signed Branch, then brought Salas back to the practice squad. Now that Salas has a couple months of work under his belt, he’s back on the roster and Branch is out, at least for now.

Branch, who suffered a hamstring injury and was questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts, will be available on waivers on Monday for any team that wants him. If no team claims him, it wouldn’t be surprising for the Patriots to bring him back.

The Patriots have also released cornerback Malcolm Williams and officially added cornerback Aqib Talib to the 53-man roster.

36 responses to “Patriots cut Deion Branch, call up Greg Salas

  1. Doesn’t surprise me one bit. Deion Branch has been invisible since coming back to the Patriots. He’s been shut down by 3rd string corners and hasn’t been able to generate any separation.

  2. This makes me sad, are they really going to use Greg Salas at all this year? I bet he doesn’t make one catch. Branch is a very smart veteran who can still make a few catches a game. He is a very valuable asset come playoff time (fingers crossed). I don’t like this move.

  3. yep, business as usual for patriots…NFL is a production business…don’t play well, a team will release that poor product..ask Ray Edwards about being cut also.

  4. The only people surprised by this are folks who never watch a Patriots game. I love Deion but I remember during the Broncos game when he finally caught a ball and pretty much the entire stadium gave him a sarcastic golf clap. He’s a good veteran to have around, but dude has lost a step. He’ll be off and on the roster rest of the year.

  5. Geeze, what’s wrong with fans second guessing this move.

    Branch was healthy at the beginning of the year and no one claimed him – and now he has a hamstring injury.

    This is a “shadow roster” move for the Patriots to provide some actual depth and protect a younger player from being claimed by someone else.

    With Branch being injured the probability that few teams would want to add an injured guy to the 53 man roster is low. He can stay off the roster, heal and if needed be available for late in the season or for playoff depth.

    All of that makes great strategic sense. Yet to look at some of these comments, it seems most fans think Belichick is off his rocker

  6. The mention was for the Vikings to pick him up on wavers because my team is obsessed with signing guys at the end of their career and having a legit deep threat is something fans have been calling for for a while now.

  7. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t end up in a Jets uniform in time for the Thanksgiving showdown vs. the Pats.

  8. He’s hurt and can’t play. This is just Bill expanding his roster. He is risking Branch getting picked up by another team but it is a calculated risk. Salad has had time to learn the office. If there is another injury to a receiver or Bill drops a tight-end from the roster Branch will likely be back.

  9. Excited to see what Salas can do. Branch served a purpose for the first half of this season, but it’s certainly not a purpose that a younger, smarter player can’t handle.

  10. Is the new guy fast? Welker and Branch have some good moves to get open, but the Pats really need a deep threat speedster to really open things up.

  11. “All of that makes great strategic sense. Yet to look at some of these comments, it seems most fans think Belichick is off his rocker”

    Unfortunately a lot of Patriots fans don’t know that much about their own team. I love Branch for what he did for the Patriots not what he is now. He can’t run at all, his separation skills have eroded so much that he needs to consider retiring after this season. He also dropped a third down pass last week on the first drive and now he’s got a hamstring injury. For a player that already can’t separate from third string corners that’s a devastating injury to have.

    Branch and Brady have a special connection that’s his only value to the Patriots. No other team is going to sign him.

    Salas at least has upside, do I think he’ll make a real impact? Not really, but the Patriots have the luxury to tinker with their line up seeing as the AFC East race is already over. Maybe Salas will be ready by January to make a real impact. Nevertheless the time to give him reps and start getting him involved is now.

  12. rushmatic says:
    Nov 17, 2012 8:32 PM
    Excited to see what Salas can do. Branch served a purpose for the first half of this season, but it’s certainly not a purpose that a younger, smarter player can’t handle.

    Hold on “Rushmatic”…

    “younger” yes. “smarter” ?? I don’t know Salas yet, but Branch is no dummie.

  13. I’m sure he’ll still want to come back to the Pats, the poor guy is brainwashed just like the rest of them, believing the Patriots are a classy organization. Still can’t believe they were able to swindle a first round pick from Seattle for a system WR like him.

  14. Bengals. A vet would be nice on recieving corps that has rookies and first year players. Oops forgot Mile Brown was the owner also think he should’ve put a bid on Deangelo Williams maybe he could have kick started the run game. Would’ve been a great change of pace from the putrid Law Firm.

  15. I’ll give Salas the benefit of the doubt, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him play in 2 or 3 games, get almost no snaps, then get cut leaving the Patriots to tread water at yet another position of need.

  16. Josh says: Nov 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    The only people surprised by this are folks who never watch a Patriots game. I love Deion but I remember during the Broncos game when he finally caught a ball and pretty much the entire stadium gave him a sarcastic golf clap. He’s a good veteran to have around, but dude has lost a step. He’ll be off and on the roster rest of the year.
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    I genuinely think that Foxborough fans (quiet as they may be) actually really like Deion Branch. As for the rest of the statement, I wholeheartedly agree. He HAS lost a a step or three and it’s too bad…he has been great player to have on your team. He’s always accountable, knows where to be, and is tougher than a lot of people give him credit for. I still think he knows where the soft spots of any defense are…he has an uncanny ability to find it.

    Unfortunately, Brady is so locked on Gronk or Welker that he’s the fourth or fifth look at this stage. It’s tough to get a lot of balls thrown your way.

    It’s also sad that he was the LAST wide receiver that New England actually identified, drafted appropriately, and developed into a very good player…yes, in 2002. (David Givens was the other project player that turned out to be good for us)

  17. I guess we know who the frontrunner is for the 2012 ‘Ross Ventrone Mr. Transaction Award’….trust me you haven’t seen the last of Branch…especially with Gronk on the shelf.

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