WR Deion Branch, New England Patriots
HT: 5-9, WT: 193, Born: 7-18-1979, College: Louisville, Drafted: Round 2
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|1||at Buffalo Bills|
|2||New York Jets|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4||at Atlanta Falcons|
|5||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|6||New Orleans Saints|
|7||at New York Jets|
|11||at Carolina Panthers|
|13||at Houston Texans|
|15||at Miami Dolphins|
|16||at Baltimore Ravens|
2012 Game Summaries
Week 3 - The only memorable thing about Branchís performance were the two massive hits he took from Ravens defenders. Two of his three targets came in the second half, after Edelman had already left the game.
Week 4 - Did not register a reception and only saw a handful of snaps on the field.
Week 5 - Branch was silent for a vast majority of the game, only to make a huge play in the fourth quarter. On third-and-long, Branch made his lone reception, a clutch catch over the middle. Outside of a rare target or two, Branch is an ancillary component to the New England passing game going forward in the twilight of his career.
Week 6 - Branch was seldom used and highly ineffective for the Patriots in this game against his former team, hauling in only 1 catch for 5 yards. Branch was also the intended recipient on a poorly thrown ball that was picked off by CB Sherman. He will continue to be a role player unless injuries strike.
Week 7 - Branchís sole reception occurred during overtime. Branch caught an out-route and turned up the field for a nine yard gain.
Week 10 - Surprisingly Branch was second on the team in targets on Sunday, but only could muster four catches for 30 yards, with a long of 13 yards. Whether it was game plan or a solid deep coverage (have to think it was the former considering the opponent), Branch joined his teammates in only working short slants and outs. Branch received one end zone target, but the throw was far from on target, appearing more as a throw away than an actual target. Branch did make a nice defensive play, saving an INT on the Patriotís first drive. Branch did not appear ready for the throw as the ball hit him in the hands, but popped up into the air and into the arms of Leodis McKelvin. Branch ripped at the ball and was able to separate McKelvin from it, saving possession and the three points that resulted from the drive.
Week 15 - Though rarely seen this year, Branch continued to have success with Brady on short timing routes. On a 4th and 4, Branch cut inside on a slant and Brady him in stride for a 1st down. The rest of his catches were quick hooks on the both the left and the right side. Branch was also thrown to in the end zone in the 1st half, but Tarell Brown made a nice play swatting the ball out of the receiverís hands.
Week 16 - The seldom-involved receiver had three targets this week against Jacksonville. All three were short targets, the deepest of which was an in-cut that was broken up by the defender. He showed little ability to make yards after the catch and should be viewed as a chain-moving possession receiver at this stage in his career.
Week 17 - The on-again-off-again New England veteran receiver converted his lone target against Miami. On third-and-long, Brady found Branch over the middle after having all day to survey the field for the first down. Branch benefitted from being in single coverage exclusively with all the other talented weapons in the passing game.
Week 20 - Deion Branch didn't see the field much in the first half, but he did come free in the endzone in the final minute but was overthrown by Tom Brady. Branch caught a short pass on an in route for six yards in the fourth quarter. Branch caught a 10 yard out for a first down against prevent coverage late in the game.