WR Deion Branch - Indianapolis Colts
|5-9, 193||Born: 7-18-1979||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 2, pick|
2012 Week 3 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
The only memorable thing about Branch's 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.
2012 Week 4 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Did not register a reception and only saw a handful of snaps on the field.
2012 Week 5 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 7 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Branch's sole reception occurred during overtime. Branch caught an out-route and turned up the field for a nine yard gain.
2012 Week 10 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
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 Patriot's 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.
2012 Week 15 vs SF (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
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 receiver's hands.
2012 Week 16 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 17 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 20 vs BAL (0 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2011 Week 1 vs MIA (9 / 7 / 93 / 0 rec)
Not a lot of targets early but then he had a much bigger role in the 2nd half as New England did not play Ochocino nearly as much. Vontae Davis went out of the football game and then Brady used Branch to pick on Nolan Carroll a reserve for Miami and the Pats drove down the field. While the Pats WRs are not the central focus of the offense on the fringes there still is plenty of room for Branch to have a good showing every couple weeks. Branch was solid last season and he is picking up where he left off.
2011 Week 2 vs SD (10 / 8 / 129 / 0 rec)
Branch had the quietest eight reception, 129-yard receiving day that you'll ever see. He wasn't repeatedly streaking downfield for huge gains (although he did have a wide open 33-yard reception on a huge second down play late in the fourth quarter), and the Patriots certainly seemed to be distributing the ball fairly evenly. Yet at the end of the game, there was Branch with 43 yards more than the next-closest teammate. He did have two big catches late in the first half on quick out routes separated by a total of just eight seconds. Those two catches (and subsequent getting out of bounds) enabled the Patriots to get into field goal range and extend their halftime lead. Branch did most of his damage on short passes over the middle and picked up good yardage after the catch. His best chance at scoring went by the wayside when Brady misfired over the middle on a play where Branch was wide open in the back of the end zone.
2011 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After two strong games the past two weeks, Branch was a non-factor this week against the Bills. He was credited with 3 targets - all in the first half - but finished with 0 catches in the game. One of the targets came in the end zone but the ball was thrown well wide while the other two misses were also due to poorly thrown balls. Given how effective Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski were in the game, it looked like Brady was locked onto them much of the time and that left Branch as the forgotten man.
2011 Week 4 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
He salvaged a nightmarish fantasy day for his fantasy owners with a TD in the second half. At least Deion had 5 targets but he only managed 4 yds so not much production. Looking ahead, you should expect to see more of Branch when there are close games or when the Patriots are trailing.
2011 Week 5 vs NYJ (8 / 7 / 74 / 1 rec)
Deion Branch had a very effective day against Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, despite a near fumble in the third quarter. A few plays later, he scored on a two yard Tom Brady pass. On the play, he made Cromartie look absolutely silly as he bumped him in the end zone, turning him inside. Cromartie kept going, but Branch turned and went outside to catch the pass for a wide open touchdown. It's the type of sales job only a very skilled veteran can pull off--and one no cornerback should fall for.
2011 Week 6 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Deion Branch had a relatively quiet day compared to Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski. Even though quarterback Tom Brady did not look for him deep very often, his presence on downfield crossing routes and out patterns helped draw a safety away from the middle of the field where the Patriots were completing passes for short yardage with ease.
2011 Week 8 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Branch's production may look modest, but it's a decent output for a player whose numbers have been inconsistent. Due to Ike Taylor's lockdown coverage on Welker, Branch received more targets that his receiving counterpart. Branch's touchdown was on a simple quick out from short-range. He was in single coverage and got just enough room from the defender to allow Brady to throw him even more open for the pitch-and-catch TD. Branch isn't going to be mistaken for an elite WR any time soon. Even in this high-powered offense, his production will be inconsistent.
2011 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Branch was barely targeted as the tight ends and Welker dominated Tom Brady's sights this week. With Ochocinco also getting more target, Branch's value is dropping.
2011 Week 10 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Branch did a good job against the Jets secondary, taking advantage of Revis being tabbed to follow Welker most of the day. He made several big catches throughout the day against a Jets secondary that often seemed a bit out of sorts. One play showed he still has some speed as he caught a screen in the second quarter and took it for 20 yards. On the play, it looked like Jets CB Kyle Wilson had an angle on Branch but the veteran wide receiver just flew by him up the sideline.
2011 Week 11 vs KC (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Branch had two catches on hitches. He looked good on the routed but was popped immediately after both catches. More significant was that he missed a large portion of the game trying to loosen up his hamstring.
2011 Week 12 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 125 / 0 rec)
Branch had a very solid day and capped it off with a great effort on his longest catch of the day, a 63 yard gain. On the play, Branch was able to slip behind his coverage and Brady hit him with a perfect strike over the outstretched hands of the Eagles defender. Branch hauled in the ball and turned upfield. It looked as though Branch would be caught at the 15 yard line, but he made a nice cut and broke towards the middle of the field, outmaneuvering the defender. As he got to the five yard line, Branch made an odd choice to cut back into the defender and bull his way to the end zone when it appeared he still had plenty of room, a good angle and potentially a blocker if he kept running the direction he was going. He was tackled at the one. Despite that odd choice, it was a great effort after the catch and showed that Branch still has plenty left in the tank. When you get great efforts like this from Branch and Welker, it's no wonder there is little room for an often unprepared Chad Ochocinco.
2011 Week 13 vs IND (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Branch's three catches were all on simple hitch routes where he'd run 7-10 yards downfield, turn, and the ball would be in his hands. He did make a nice move on his third catch to turn it into a 17 yard gain. He was also missed badly by Brady on a deep in route.
2011 Week 14 vs WAS (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Branch injured his groin early in the game and did not return.
2011 Week 16 vs MIA (9 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
His 1st catch of the game was a big one as Miami let him go up the left sideline and he found a nice soft spot between the Cornerback and Safety for a big 30+ yard reception and helped New England set up a FG attempt. Bailed Brady out in the back of the end zone during the middle of the 3rd quarter to help the Pats get it to 17-10 still trailing in the football game.
2011 Week 17 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Branch was listed as questionable with a groin injury but started the game. He was not targeted once in the passing game though as Brady seemed to focus a lot more on their tight ends this week.
2011 Week 19 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 85 / 1 rec)
Branch did most of his damage in the second quarter. Early in the quarter he ran a perfect hitch route, leaving the defender 4 steps behind him for an easy grab. Then later he caught a 61 yard bomb from Brady down the left sideline for a touchdown. The touchdown pass hit him right in stride as Branch made a strong play for the ball in tight coverage and outran the defender to the end zone.
2011 Week 20 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Branch was on the field for almost every Patriots offensive snap, but he only caught two short passes all day.
2011 Week 21 vs NYG (0 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Branch was supposed to have a big role with Rob Gronkowski ailing and the Giants likely focused on Wes Welker, but he had little effect on the outcome of the game. Branch did have a catch on the early field goal drive and also had a fourth down catch to keep the game going in the last minute, but he also had a drop of a tipped ball and couldn't keep his feet inbounds on two other targets during the desperation drive. Branch is a free agent this year, and the Patriots will surely look to upgrade from him in the open market.
2010 Week 1 vs SF (3 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)
Branch was used primarily on short patterns. He proved reliable and even caught a TD on a nifty turn-around timing play in tight coverage. Hasselbeck spread the ball around well, so Branch didn't see the ball often, but was reliable when called upon.
2010 Week 2 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Branch was targeted twice in the end zone; the first was underthrown and intercepted, while the second was thrown too late and too far. Hasselbeck and Branch clearly have a good rapport going, but he excels more as a possession or slot receiver, so he seems a little miscast in his role.
2010 Week 3 vs SD (6 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Deion Branch provided a very typical Deion Branch type of game stat-wise. He wasn't having his name called a ton early on, he didn't seem like he was really in the rhythm of the game, and yet by the end of sixty minutes you look up and he's got five catches for sixty yards. The difference here is what could have been, and really what SHOULD have been. He appeared to have scored a touchdown down the right sideline. However, replays showed that the ball was actually punched out of his hands at the last moment and knocked forward into the end zone. Branch may have been able to recover it, but it bounded out of bounds too quickly. The call on the field was a touchdown, but San Diego quickly challenged it. Replays confirmed that the call should have been ruled a fumble, and it was overturned with the Chargers being awarded possession at their own twenty yard line - and Deion Branch left without a score.
2010 Week 4 vs STL (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Branch had one catch early but otherwise was not heard from in this one.
2010 Week 6 vs BAL (12 / 9 / 98 / 1 rec)
After a 5 year absence, Deion Branch returned home to the Patriots and received a standing ovation after his first completion, an 8 yard pass in the 1st quarter. Branch looked comfortable playing with his old team and was able to make an immediate contribution. His TD came when he ran through zone coverage, cut back and found open space in the back corner of the end zone for the easy score. Brady looked for Branch again in the end zone with 2 minutes left in regulation but overthrew him, settling instead for the game tying FG. Branch was the catalyst late in this game and made some big grabs down the stretch and in overtime to win this game. He appeared confident on the field and it was quite evident that his role will be a significant one going forward.
2010 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Branch was the de facto number one option for the Patriots, although he didn't really stand out in any way from the rest of the field. He was the target of an early flea-flicker bomb down the seam, a pass that was almost picked off by San Diego (which had great coverage on the play). Branch didn't actually register his first catch of the game until about ten minutes remained in the third quarter. He caught a handful of balls the rest of the way, most of them short passes. He did draw a questionable 29 yard pass interference penalty in the first half, but that was by far his biggest play of the game. And his fantasy owners probably aren't congratulating themselves for that one anyway.
2010 Week 8 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Branch broke a tackle for a nice catch and run on his only reception of the day, and he also got free deep, but Tom Brady missed him. While he was targeted early, Branch seemed to be running gingerly and might be limited in practice this week.
2010 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Branch was not a factor in this game as Brady kept this focus over the middle of the field, and gave few looks outside the numbers where Branch plays.
2010 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)
Branch - like most Patriots pass catchers - seemed to have a 5-yard halo around him any time he was catching the ball. Despite not being a deep threat, the Steelers continued to give Branch 10+ yards of cushion and allowing him to catch 10-15 yard passes along the sideline each time Brady threw his way. At this point in his career, Branch is what he is - a possession receiver, a guy who won't average more than 14 yards per catch, but a guy who is solid and finds a way to get open for his quarterback.
2010 Week 11 vs IND (10 / 7 / 70 / 0 rec)
Deion Branch had his second straight solid game. Tom Brady looks to Branch in third down situations very often, showing what kind of trust he has in the former Super Bowl MVP. Branch is an excellent route runner and he really impressed me in this game with his ability to make any kind of catch. His hands are solid as a rock and he doesn't ever give his quarterback a difficult throw. Branch had a solid outing.
2010 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 3 / 113 / 2 rec)
Deion Branch only caught three balls against Detroit, but that is just fine when two of them go for touchdowns. Branch streaked past CB Alphonso Smith for a 79-yard touchdown in the third quarter and then later added his second scoring reception in the fourth quarter. Branch started tight to the line then ran wider, creating separation between him, his covering cornerback and the deep middle safety and Tom Brady hit him in stride for the touchdown. Branch tied for second-most targets (with TE Rob Gronkowski, well behind Wes Welker's 10 chances) and appears to be the clear WR2 for New England going forward.
2010 Week 13 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 64 / 1 rec)
Branch is clearly Brady's go to guy on the outside and this was obvious on many throws. Branch scored on a quick pass where Brady identified the blitz and communicated to Branch to change his route, then using his quickness to run away from defenders for the easy score. Brady and Branch were on the same page for most of the day when he was called and could have had another deep pass down the field but Brady overthrew him.
2010 Week 14 vs CHI (10 / 8 / 151 / 1 rec)
It's hard to believe this is the same guy who languished in Seattle the last five years. It goes to show you what can happen when you play with a QB that hits you when you are open. Branch knows how to get open, and Brady knows how to get him the ball. The aforementioned TD at the end of the first half was just the tip of the iceburg for Branch. Branch continually gets open downfield, and this just makes Brady's job so easy. Welker already is hard enough for defenses to cover, but when you add Branch, these two are just so savvy, that defenders can't keep them covered. And as Brady showed in his 8 passes to Branch, he'll get the right player the ball.
2010 Week 15 vs GB (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Branch was held in check in week 15. Despite his paltry two catches, they both were key 1st down conversions, one coming on a tough diving catch late in the game when they needed it most. Branch also did a terrific job blocking downfield on BJGE's long TD gallop.
2010 Week 16 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Almost a carbon copy of what happened with Welker. Pats were up most of the game and there was no reason to press the outside receivers when Brady could find Woodhead and Gronkowski wide open in the middle of the field anytime the Pats did want to pass the football. Look for bigger days out of both Welker and Branch when the Pats open in the divisional round of the playoffs. That's not what owners want to hear right now but those are the facts.
2010 Week 19 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
Branch was covered well by Darrelle Revis for most of the game, but he had some good efforts to get key first down conversions. Unfortunately, his most memorable play was a bad one, a drop of a catchable ball to end a Patriot drive in Jets territory down 10 points in the fourth quarter. He did catch the garbage time TD to pull the Patriots back within seven with only a few seconds left on the clock.
2009 Week 3 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Branch saw his first action of the season in Week 3 against Chicago, grabbing two short passes as the third wide receiver for the Seahawks. Considering the pecking order of targets for Seattle, Branch is fourth or fifth at best for chances and has very little fantasy upside at this time.
2009 Week 4 vs IND (6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Branch looked surprisingly good (rumors of his demise greatly exaggerated?). He seemed to be able to get open but wasn't targeted as much as the other two receivers, so the jury is still out. One thing that didn't work: the quick hitch to Branch. They tried it three times for some reason, and it was less successful each time. His other three catches were good for 49 yards, however.
2009 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Branch was effective but was a clear number three on the depth chart behind Burleson and Houshmandzadeh. He has upside, but as long as those two are productive, his chances will be few.
2009 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Branch had 3 receptions on Sunday including a 23 yard touchdown. Currently, he is serving as the Seahawks third receiver in three-wide sets out of the slot and is being used primarily on slants and crossing patterns as TJ Housmandzadeh and Nate Burleson work deeper patterns. Of his three catches on Sunday, only the touchdown reception was made with any space; like the other Seahawks receivers, Branch was wrapped up as soon as he caught the ball the other two times.
2009 Week 10 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Branch was typically reliable, but mainly used on short patterns. He was thrown to once in the end zone, but the ball was thrown out of reach. Branch drew a big pass interference call on 3rd and 10 with only minutes to go, and came through with a few clutch catches to keep the chains moving.
2009 Week 11 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Branch had just one catch during the garbage time in the fourth quarter when the Vikings were up by more than 30. Five plays later he broke off a sideline route too early and Hasselbeck threw to the spot Branch should have been in and the ball was intercepted. Branch is clearly a lesser player in the Seattle offense now.
2009 Week 12 vs STL (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Branch did well in that he caught everything thrown his way; but he continues to be primarily an underneath target, and seldom used - especially in a game like this, where the Seahawks have a lead and the running game is clicking.
2009 Week 13 vs SF (5 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Branch made a good catch in back of end zone, getting behind the coverage, and using his speed to get a half step ahead and catch the ball. This would be his only catch of the game, however. He had a chance to pull one in late in the game (which was still tied) that would have put the Seahawks in field goal position with under a minute to go - but it went through his hands.
2009 Week 14 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Branch finished the day with 5 catches for 33 yards. However, all of his catches came on bubble screens and short curls and he was immediately wrapped up by Bernard Pollard on every catch. The one exception came on a pass to the left side wherein Pollard stepped in front of Burleson and took the ball 70 yards for a touchdown.
2009 Week 15 vs TB (10 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Branch was simply unable to get open consistently. On one of Hasselbeck's interceptions he was the intended target, but slipped and fell before the ball got to him.
2009 Week 16 vs GB (9 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Branch had an 18 yard catch along sideline, and showed good awareness staying in bounds. He showed good hands again on a slant pattern in extremely tight coverage. As a deep target, however, he had no chance. Branch couldn't beat his single man-coverage, never mind the double he occasionally had to deal with. One other highlight: some nifty running after a screen pass - it's too bad he coouldn't get open any other way.
2009 Week 17 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
Same old story for Branch: he was almost good enough to make a difference, but not quite a game breaker. On each play his positioning gives him a chance, but he rarely gets the tough ones. What he excels at, however, is running after the catch, and the Seahawks tood advantage, getting Branch the ball on a number of short routes that he was able to turn into longer gains.
2008 Week 5 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Making his first start since going down with a knee injury last season, Branch came out looking good bringing in Matt Hasselbeck's first pass of the game for 17 yards. He was targeted deep once where Hasselbeck put it right on his hands in the endzone, but Branch couldn't come down with it. He left in the second quarter though with what has been reported as a heel injury. To that point he had caught three of his six targets for 31 yards. He did not return to the game.
2008 Week 11 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Branch was Seattle's most prominent offensive weapon with only four catches for 54 yards. His longest catch was 33 yards over the middle.
2008 Week 12 vs WAS (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Branch was blanketed throughout the game by corners Shawn Spring and Carlos Rogers. His lone catch was a pretty slant route where he was lead perfectly. The pass was likely Hasselbeck's best throw of the game.
2008 Week 13 vs DAL (11 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Though QB Matt Hasselbeck was able to orchestrate a successful passing attack in the first half, and though Branch ended the day first on the team with 11 targets and second with five receptions, he still didn't have much of an impact as most of his catches were on short to intermediate routes that did not give him the chance to make big plays.
2008 Week 14 vs NE (7 / 4 / 88 / 2 rec)
Branch was targeted seven times, and he did some damage with those looks, as he finished with 88 yards on four receptions that included touchdown receptions of 14 and four yards. Branch also had a 63 yard reception on a short catch and run that he took across field and made people miss for a big play.
2008 Week 15 vs STL (7 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the receivers, there was not much to see in the first half. Post-halftime, Branch brought his numbers up to respectability, and made a long reception to set up the winning field goal.
2008 Week 16 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Branch had a quiet afternoon, averaging just 3.0 yards per reception and catching half of his targets.
2008 Week 17 vs ARI (12 / 6 / 90 / 2 rec)
Branch was Seattle's most prolific offensive weapon catching two touchdown passes (30 and five yards.) He finished the game with six catches for 90 yards. His longest catch went for 30 yards. He was in sync with Wallace most of the game.
2007 Week 1 vs TB (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Branch was shutout against Tampa Bay, getting just three balls thrown to him with no receptions.
2007 Week 2 vs ARI (13 / 7 / 122 / 0 rec)
Branch played a Jekyll and Hyde game. In the first half, he did have three catches - all for first downs - but was covered very well and was not able to do much with the balls thrown his way. Second half: different story. The Seahawks obviously made some adjustments and had Branch run a few comeback routes, which paid off immediately, as he absolutely robbed Arizona of what looked like three very ordinary catches, turning them each into big gains (37, 22, 27). He clearly has the confidence of his quarterback and coaching staff going forward.
2007 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)
Branch had a wicked first half, in which he torched the Bengals secondary on a 42 yard post pattern into the end zone, and caught four out of five targets. Hasselbeck was on the money in some pretty tight spaces, and Branch came through. In the second half, he was only targeted twice (both caught) and both for short gains. This should be attributed to Hasselbeck's ability and willingness to hit the open man instead of locking onto one key receiver. Branch should continue to have success, but having a versatile QB hampers his potential ever so slightly.
2007 Week 4 vs SF (10 / 7 / 130 / 0 rec)
Branch was very active all afternoon, and came up with a 65 yard catch to help setup teammate Bobby Engram on his touchdown catch.
2007 Week 5 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Branch left the game early in the second quarter with a sprained foot. He caught two of the three balls thrown his way, for short gains. His presence was definitely missed.
2007 Week 11 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Branch did not post big numbers in his return to the field after a long absence due to injury, but he did look good when his number was called. Coach Holmgren appeared to be resting him at times, and Hasselbeck spread the ball around, which partly explains the low yardage total.
2007 Week 12 vs STL (10 / 5 / 92 / 1 rec)
Branch got the majority of looks in the second half, catching three balls for first downs and a fourth for a TD. He didn't catch his first one until the last play of the first half, but picked up his game after that. With Hackett out later in the game, he became Hasselbeck's go to guy.
2007 Week 13 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Branch is the number one receiver in Seattle, and the one man that was relied upon when Hasselbeck went deep. He was intended receiver on the only interception, but was also the intended receiver on two other passes that could have been picked off. He did drop one pass that was catchable.
2007 Week 14 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)
Branch scored a on a 17 yard touchdown catch deep in the end zone. He ended the game with three catches for 52 yards. Branch's longest catch was 31 yards on a deep out pattern.
2007 Week 15 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Branch was targeted 13 times in the game. He caught eight passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. The pass was right at the end of the game with just a few seconds left on the clock. The Carolina defender had position on Branch but the ball went right through his hands. Branch was able to come down with the deflection. Branch picked up five first downs in the game. He had two red zone opportunities and scored the touchdown on one of them. The other pass was incomplete.
2007 Week 16 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Branch has the second most targets on the team, but only managed to haul in two of them. All of his looks came in the first half.
2007 Week 19 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Inactive the past two games with a calf injury, Deion Branch was able to start the game in a two receiver set, but only two and a half minutes into the game went down on a player where it appeared Branch twisted his knee. He hobbled off after a moment, but did not return. It was suspected that it could have been a serious knee injury.
2006 Week 3 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Branch made his Seahawks' debut, catching two passes for 23 yards on four targets. One of his targets came in the red zone, but the pass was overthrown. He also rushed one time for eight yards. The Seattle offense looked deadly with their four talented receivers, and the addition of Branch could pay big dividends, especially if the performance of the offense is any sign of things to come.
2006 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Branch is getting more comfortable with the Seahawks' system and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. He was second on the team in yardage, and third in receptions. Branch had Seattle's longest play of the game, a 31 yard reception on their first scoring drive.
2006 Week 6 vs STL (10 / 6 / 76 / 2 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Branch made a 14 yard touchdown reception to cap the Seahawks' opening drive. His second touchdown of 19 yards came in the fourth quarter. Branch also contributed a rush of seven yards. He made an eight yard reception on third down that helped to keep the Seahawks' field goal scoring drive alive.
2006 Week 7 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Branch was the Seahawks' second leading receiver with four catches for 60 yards. Most of his nine targets were uncatchable balls from back-up QB Seneca Wallace.
2006 Week 8 vs KC (6 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Branch is making Seattle's trade with New England look good for the Seahawks. He looked like the Super Bowl MVP he was once named when he made an incredible one handed catch while doing a 360 degree spin. After a challenge, the play was reversed, but Branch brings a nice compliment to Darrell Jackson. He caught only two of the seven passes thrown his way, but that did not seem his fault as the passes were often off target. Branch provides an all out attitude that will inspire his teammates. This was evidenced on one play where the pass was tipped then intercepted by the Chiefs' Jared Allen. Branch caught up with Allen and took the ball away from him from behind.
2006 Week 9 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 61 / 1 rec)
Branch was targeted on the Seahawks' opening drive and he made the catch for a 22 yard touchdown. Branch looked dangerous and caught an 18 yard pass for a first down on the following drive. He ended the half with catches of 11 yards and ten yards for first downs. The game situation and conditions meant that Branch was only targeted once in the second half as the Seahawks switched their focus to the run.
2006 Week 10 vs STL (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Branch had a quiet game, catching half of the six passes thrown his way for 22 yards. He took an end around wide right and looked to throw a pass, but was sacked before he could get the ball out.
2006 Week 11 vs SF (11 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
Branch was the leading receiver in this game and recorded his most productive outing as a Seahawk. He caught seven Seneca Wallace passes for 113 yards and a 38 yard, third quarter touchdown. Most of his productivity came in the second half against back-up DB Sammy Davis.
2006 Week 12 vs GB (9 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Branch was heavily targeted in the first half with eight passes being thrown his way. He dropped one pass on a slant play and was the intended target when Hasselbeck was intercepted by Al Harris. Branch was also the target later in the first half when Charles Woodson intercepted the pass. Branch then made a good diving catch for a 17 yard gain; his longest reception of the day. Hasselbeck targeted him deep near the goal line in the first half, but the ball was overthrown. He did catch a 13 yard pass on the Seahawks' final possession of the half to help set up a field goal. Branch was only targeted once in the second half and could not make the catch.
2006 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Branch caught all three balls thrown his way. He was third on the team in targets.
2006 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Branch was targeted four times in the first half. The first pass was uncatchable, and Branch had to wait until his fourth target before making his first catch. He gained 20 yards on the play before being tackled at the five yard line. On his first target of the second half, Branch drew a pass interference penalty to give the Seahawks a seven yard gain. He caught a 16 yard pass for a first down on the Seahawks' final drive of the game. Branch was again the target on fourth and 20 with a minute remaining in the game. He made the catch and looked likely to get the first down, but Adrian Wilson closed quickly to tackle him a yard short of the marker.
2006 Week 15 vs SF (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Branch caught four passes for 54 yards and was more effective early in the game.
2006 Week 16 vs SD (11 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Branch caught his first target during the Seahawks third possession on a quick eight yard out converting a second and seven. He dropped consecutive passes on the final Seattle possession just before halftime. Each hit him in the hands and should have been routine grabs. He caught a third down pass to convert a first down at the start of the third quarter, but again dropped another catch that should have been automatic on the following third down. He dropped his fourth pass at the start of the fourth quarter when Hasselbeck drilled him in the chest on a comeback route, but did draw a pass interference penalty two plays later that set up the second Alexander touchdown.
2006 Week 17 vs TB (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Branch recovered well from the four crucial dropped passes of last week by catching everything within reasonable reach. He recorded three receptions for 38 yards.
2006 Week 18 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Branch caught both his first two targets on the Seahawks' opening drive. The first converted a third down on the right sideline. The other was inside the five yard line. He sat down in the middle of the Dallas zone and set up a third and short. Branch made a big play on a short out when he broke a tackle. He scampered up the left sideline for a 27 yard gain after he slipped the cornerback.
2006 Week 19 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Branch saw his first target on a deep ball down the left sideline late in the first quarter. He gained some separation on the play, but QB Matt Hasselbeck overthrew him. Branch dug the Seattle offense out of a hole with consecutive receptions on midway through the third quarter. Facing second and fifteen Branch caught eleven and 22 yard passes from Hasselbeck leading to the second Alexander touchdown.
2005 Week 1 vs OAK (11 / 7 / 99 / 1 rec)
Branch showed his speed on his first reception of the game for 29 yards. He made three receptions for 57 yards, culminating with an 18 yard touchdown reception where he was wide open. Branch was targeted in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Branch was Brady's favorite target with 12 coming to him and he ended the game with seven receptions for 99 yards.
2005 Week 2 vs CAR (14 / 8 / 60 / 0 rec)
Branch was Tom Brady's favorite target, getting 14 looks from the Patriots QB, but was unable to shake the Carolina secondary for any significant gains. He did have four catches for first downs, and seemed to be Brady's first look on third downs.
2005 Week 3 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Branch was not targeted early in the game, but came on as the game progressed. He didn't see as many targets as counterpart David Givens because the Patriots tried to take advantage of Ike Taylor. He saw a number of passes over the middle, and had a long catch of 22 yards in the third quarter.
2005 Week 4 vs SD (6 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
While Branch was very quiet as far as production, he still saw six passes in his direction during the game. Still, one reception against a pass defense that has been abused like San Diego's has got to be a major disappointment. Branch's best opportunity for fantasy success actually came on a play where he wasn't even the intended target. San Diego CB Drayton Florence defended a pass near the goal line, but it went off his fingertips towards the back of the end zone. Branch was in the vicinity of the deflected ball and attempted to make a play on it, but it fell beyond him incomplete. It would have been a fantastic reception had he been able to snag it.
2005 Week 5 vs ATL (8 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
Branch re-established himself as the team's #1 wide receiver threat this week, grabbing a team high eight receptions on ten targets, as well as going over 100 yards again. Whenever there was a big spot in the game and Brady needed a completion, Branch was always the man he looked for. On New England's game winning drive, Brady threw four passes, with three of them going in Branch's direction. In addition to the eight receptions, Branch helped set up Adam Vinatieri's game winning field goal by drawing a 30 yard pass interference penalty on Atlanta CB Allen Rossum. Branch lost 34 receiving yards on two separate plays that were called back due to penalties.
2005 Week 6 vs DEN (12 / 7 / 87 / 0 rec)
Branch and Brady continued to display the strong rapport they have with each other. Branch's numbers could have been more impressive, as he dropped a sure touchdown catch in the second half and had another reception of a deep pass broken up due to a fine play by Denver's middle linebacker. Branch showed he can run a variety of patterns and he and Brady seemed to be on the same page most of the game.
2005 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 92 / 1 rec)
Branch was Brady's home run option in the game; his three catches were good for 92 yards. He caught a 33 yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half.
2005 Week 9 vs IND (6 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Branch was highly efficient with his targets, turning in a 50 plus yard performance and scoring the Patriots' first touchdown of the game. While being number one on the depth chart, he was targeted less than Troy Brown and Daniel Graham.
2005 Week 10 vs MIA (10 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
Playing without David Givens, Branch was clearly Tom Brady's favorite receiver on this day despite receiving extra coverage from the Miami secondary. Branch responded with a solid game, and drew enough attention to allow for Brady to utilize Ben Watson from the tight end position, and to look to Tim Dwight and Bethel Johnson on the deep ball occasionally.
2005 Week 11 vs NO (6 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)
Branch had a quiet day considering David Givens was inactive. He caught three passes on the Patriots' opening drive. Two were for a first down; the other was a two yard touchdown. He took a big hit making his first catch but held on to the ball. Brady later overthrew him for what would have been a big gain, but he then made a great catch for a nine yard gain which also drew a 15 yard penalty for a late hit out of bounds by Mike McKenzie.
2005 Week 12 vs KC (12 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Branch was regularly blanketed in the coverage scheme of the Chiefs. He was targeted often but Kansas City kept him under close wraps and usually refused him the ball. On the receptions he made, the Chiefs defenders quickly converged and prevented much after the catch yardage.
2005 Week 13 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Branch had receptions of 12, 3, 13, 6, and 10 yards. Three of them resulted in first downs.
2005 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
Branch only saw six passes thrown his way and he caught five of them for a total of 83 yards. He caught a 23 yard pass for a first down on the Patriots' third drive and then caught an 11 yard pass for a first down two drives later. Both possessions ended in touchdowns for the Patriots. He had two other catches for first downs in the game, one for 12 yards and his longest of the day for 28 yards. Branch gained ten yards on a reverse after Brady made a key block, but the play was negated as the block was said to be illegal. 2005 is now Branch's biggest year for receiving yardage.
2005 Week 15 vs TB (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Branch had receptions of eight and 19 yards. He had a short reception called back due to a penalty. Branch was targeted deep once, but Brady overthrew the ball (probably intentionally) as Branch was triple covered on the play. Branch also dropped a pass on a third and four play; it looked like Brady expected Branch to head downfield, while he instead stayed put and therefore was forced to reach for the pass.
2005 Week 16 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Branch was the top receiver, working mainly against former Patriot Ty Law. He wasn't able to break any long receptions, but was a consistent threat over the middle on intermediate routes. With his four catch performance, Branch has caught at least four balls in 12 of 15 games this season. He needs 21 more yards to reach 1000 yards in a season for the first time in his career.
2005 Week 17 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Branch made an eight yard reception on the opening drive. He made an 11 yard touchdown reception at the back of the end zone. Branch had a six yard reception in the fourth quarter brought back with a holding penalty against Tim Dwight.