After Aaron Hernandez went down, it looked like the New England Patriots would at least give serious thought to signing Deion Branch at this point in time. After the team released Greg Salas, that became almost a certainty.
The Patriots and veteran wide receiver reunited yesterday, and it will be interesting to see what type of a role Branch plays in in the offense. The Pats increased Julian Edelman’s role while demoting Wes Welker, but Welk figures to be the No. 2 option in the Pats passing attack with Hernandez out. That raises the question, will Edelman be playing more than Branch?
I honestly think so, because the reason for the Patriots playing Edelman more over Welker is likely a sign that the Pats want to see how Edelman fits with the team moving forward. They want to see where he is at in game situations, and he does bring added value as a run blocker in the slot.
Branch is going to be the team’s No. 4 receiver going forward to provide experience, and I don’t see him playing a larger role than Edelman at this point. It’s interesting that the Pats released Salas after trading for him this offseason, and the Pats did work out wide receiver Brian Robiskie, who is an underwhelming player at this point.
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