Deion Branch gets a look-see in Indy

AP

At a time when New England needs a pass-catcher or two (or more) to step up in the absence of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the year with a knee injury, a former #Tommy favorite has surfaced with one of the Patriots’ former arch rivals.

Deion Branch had a Tryout Tuesday tire-kicking in Indianapolis, per a league source with knowledge of the league’s official transaction report.

Branch played for New England as recently as 2012, catching 16 passes for 145 yards in 10 regular-season games.  He also played in both postseason games last year.

In September, quarterback Tom Brady denied a report that he had been texting Branch and receiver Brandon Lloyd regarding their availability.  At the time, Brady seemed to be frustrated with young wideouts who were doing more dropping than catching.

The Colts’ interest in Branch, who has not been signed, possibly arises from the leadership vacuum created by the season-ending knee injury suffered by Reggie Wayne in the team’s signature win over the Broncos.  Since then, Indy’s wins have come only against teams that currently play or used to play in Houston.

The Colts also worked out receiver Ty West and running back Shaun Draughn.  The Patriots have reported no tryouts or visits since Gronkowski was lost for the balance of the season.