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Tom Brady has reportedly contacted Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd

Patriots-Might-Bring-Back-Deion-BranchThe New England Patriots appear to be in desperate need of help at wide receiver. Their offense sputtered through close victories over the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the first two weeks of the season, and rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have appeared to have Crisco on their hands at all times. As a result, Tom Brady has reportedly taken it upon himself to seek help.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver, Brady has contacted former Patriots receivers Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd to gauge their interest in rejoining the team. Branch reportedly said he is ready to come back whenever, while Lloyd seems to have placed football on the backburner as he focuses on starring in straight-to-DVD zombie movies with a Baldwin brother.

Of course, Brady is not responsible for making roster moves and signing free agents. He would need Bill Belichick to be on board with bringing back either of his old pals, but the rumors speak volumes about the current state of New England’s passing game. Branch hauled in only 16 catches in 10 games with the Patriots last season. Lloyd was more successful in his first stint with the team, catching 75 passes for 911 yards.

There’s a reason Branch is a free agent — no teams have called. Lloyd likely hasn’t gotten any offers that have blow him away, either. That just goes to show you that almost anything would be an upgrade for the Patriots at this point.

Wes Welker says Tom Brady was cursing at him and Deion Branch

During the Patriots win over the Bills on Sunday, Tom Brady did something he rarely ever does — rushed for a touchdown. Brady’s knee touched the ground at almost the exact same time the ball crossed the plane, so the play was automatically reviewed as a scoring play. When the officials announced that the touchdown stood as called on the field, CBS showed Brady on the sidelines with an angry look on his face saying “F*** you, bi***es.”

Naturally, there has been all kinds of speculation about why the NFL’s golden boy would use such naughty language. Was the comment directed toward the Bills fans who put this billboard up in Brady’s honor and were now booing the call? The refs? The Bills players? Neither, according to Wes Welker.

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Deion Branch: Some Jets Were Classless After Win with Excessive Celebration

The Jets pulled off the upset win over the Patriots Sunday and celebrated as if they had won the Super Bowl. You had Braylon Edwards doing gymnastics, and half the defense flying around the field like a bunch of airplanes. That was after the game. While it was still going on, Shonn Greene pretended to sleep in the end zone after scoring to make it 28-14. Unlike Jim Nantz who was outraged, if there was ever a time to take an excessive celebration penalty, it was when Greene did it. The Patriots certainly took note and didn’t appreciate the antics.

Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, who dropped a key 4th down pass preventing New England’s comeback, had some words for the Jets after the game. “There was a lot of classless play on the football field after the game. But you have to expect that from some of the guys over there,” Branch said. “Some of the guys … that was the only thing that was embarrassing. I think right now, there’s just a lot of frustration.

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Deion Branch’s Huge Day Leads Patriots to OT Victory Over Ravens

The New England Patriots offense faced a true test in its first game without Randy Moss, having to take on the Baltimore Ravens‘ swarming defense.  There was nothing aesthetically pleasing about it, but the Patriots passed the exam with a 23-20 overtime victory.

The biggest question heading into Sunday’s game was how the Patriots’ offense would look without the deep-threat presence of Moss.  After reacquiring Deion Branch in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, fans and analysts wondered how much Branch had left in the tank and whether or not he could pick up where he left off in New England four years ago.  I think it’s safe to say that’s a possibility.

Branch led Patriots receivers with 9 receptions for 98 yards and a score.  More importantly, he caught passes of 23 yards and 10 yards during New England’s game winning drive in overtime.  Not only did Branch come in and help the Patriots right away, he was clearly Tom Brady’s favorite target all afternoon — especially in clutch situations.

Bill Belichick will, of course, be thrilled that his team picked up its biggest win of the season.  However, he may also be relieved that a puzzling coaching decision didn’t come back to bite him in overtime.  As the clock ticked away in regulation, the Patriots found themselves in a situation where they had the ball at the Baltimore 45-yard line with only 0:04 remaining.  Rather than let Stephen Gostkowski attempt a 61-yard field goal with the wind at his back, Belichick opted to let Brady throw a Hail Mary pass and let the game go to overtime.

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Deion Branch Returns to Patriots

A long-time rumor finally came to fruition Monday night as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots have decided to bring back wide receiver Deion Branch.  Schefter’s sources say the Patriots exchanged a 2011 fourth round pick for the veteran receiver, who will practice with the team on Tuesday.

As soon as the Patriots dealt Randy Moss, speculation began building that New England may make a run at the Super Bowl XXIX MVP.  Branch has openly stated that he would welcome a return to the team that drafted him, and he and Tom Brady have remained close friends during Branch’s time with the Seahawks.  It’s no secret that Branch doesn’t possess the talent that Moss has, but the chemistry he and Brady built during his tenure with the Patriots could make up for what he’s lacking in actual skill.

If the Patriots are trying to rediscover their old identity, this would seemingly be a step in the right direction.  I highly doubt there would ever be any rumors of Branch and Brady arguing over beards and hair styles, and there’s no doubt No. 12 will be pleased with the front office for bringing back his boy.  Whether or not the two can reemerge as one of the better wide receiver-quarterback duos in the league remains to be seen.

Patriots Considering Bringing Back Deion Branch for Another Run

In line with my thinking that the Randy Moss trade made perfect sense and shouldn’t have come as a surprise, I feel the same about the possibility of the Patriots bringing back Deion Branch.  Branch, the MVP of Super Bowl 39, was an enormous part of the success New England had during its years of NFL dominance.  It’s no secret that the Patriots’ decision to let him walk in 2006 for financial reasons was one that deeply upset Tom Brady.

On paper, it would appear the Patriots were right to let Branch walk after their championship season in 2005.  He signed a six-year, $39 million deal with the Seahawks after leaving New England and has not lived up to it.  The 53 receptions he had in 2006 were the most he had as a Seahawk, and injuries have prevented him from emerging as a true No. 1 target.

However, there’s something to be said for chemistry.  No two players for the Patriots had more chemistry earlier this decade than Brady and Branch.  Removing injuries from the equation, what turned out to not be worth $39 million for Seattle could have ended up being worth every penny for New England.  As we all know, hindsight is pointless in the world of professional sports.  What’s done is done, and the Patriots should realize they made a mistake in letting their quarterback’s favorite target go and bring him back for another run.

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