FOXBORO MA - OCTOBER 17: Wes Welker #83 celebrate with teammate Deion Branch #84 both of the New England Patriots after Branch caught a touchdown pass in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on October 17 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. The Patriot won 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Branch was deemed unnecessary by the squad after training camp, but with an injury keeping tight end Aaron Hernandez out three to six weeks, the Patriots need targets for Tom Brady. Branch obviously has a history with New England, having played six seasons and won two Super Bowl rings over two separate stints with the club, one from 2002-2005 and another in 2010-2011.
The 33-year-old proved he still had something left with 702 receiving yards including five touchdowns last season, but the Patriots have opted to focus much of their passing attack around Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski this offseason, rendering the wide receiver position less important than before.
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Originally selected by the Patriots with the No. 65 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, the 33-year-old receiver won two Super Bowl titles with the team in addition to being named the MVP in Super Bowl XXXIX. Following the 2005 season, he held out and was subsequently traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round pick. In 2010, he was traded back to the Patriots for a fourth round pick.
In 2011, Branch registered 51 receptions for 702 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games played.
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