Branch played for the Patriots for seven total years, and he was one of Tom Brady‘s favorite targets throughout his career. He caught 328 passes, 24 touchdown passes, and racked up 4,297 yards in his two stints with the Patriots. He was drafted by New England in 2002 and played for them until 2005. He then signed with the Seattle Seahawks for five years and was then traded back to the Pats in 2010.
The wide receiver played significant roles in the back-to-back Super Bowl championships the Patriots won back in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he was named the Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 133 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a well loved figure in New England.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of a role Branch plays for the Colts. He hasn’t played a snap since last season, so it is a mystery how effective he can be. In his only game against the Patriots, he caught four passes for 88 years and two touchdowns as a Seahawk.
Maybe this is merely an attempt to get inside Brady’s head. It may be difficult to see Deion Branch, his former teammate, on the opposing team during the playoffs. Other than that, I doubt the Branch signing has any impact on the game itself. Branch is 34-years-old and slowed down quite a bit last season. Nonetheless, the signing puts an interesting twist on the Colts-Patriots matchup.