Semi-surprised at the disrespect Branch has been gettin' recently .
He may not be setting the stat world on fire but he's been helping to move the chains in other ways like with solid blocking , timely medium range catch's , and the ability to draw the occasional PI .
I understand he doesn't contribute on ST's - but the Pats are stacked in that regards anyways.
The Patriots run the most complex O in the NFL and having a vet that understands where he's suppose to be is priceless , especially when it opens up the field for others to make plays ( not unlike a defensive end's role in the 3 /4 ).
He may not be getting separation every time , but when he does get open and the ball is delivered - he catches it ... period
( Plenty of name-brand wrs around the NFL can't make the same claim )
It's true Branch is not a burner ... but he never was .
It's also true that he does things the Patriot way , on and off the field.
Hopefully if roster space is eventually needed and the Pats need to cut him again - they'll work out another verbal agreement to bring him back when the time is right .
In the meantime - I for one appreciate what Branch brings to this team .