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Pats release Deion Branch and Malcolm Williams; Greg Salas and Aqib Talib added to 53

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  1. Patsrock

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    The Branch cut is interesting. Is this a "permanent" move, or is it because of the injuries....?
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    https://twitter.com/tomecurran/status/269915482130370560

    "Branch injured his hamstring Friday and was questionable for Sunday with the Colts. Led to his release, Salas activation."
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    Watch the Rats put in a claim for Branch now.
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    Veteran is released outright. No waivers no claims, right? He'll be back when healthy.
    Correction: after trade deadline he is indeed on waivers, but injured.
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    Branch cut is a shocker

    I thought he was going to be utilized more when Brady was targeting him more than anyone else in the 1st quarter of the Bills game
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    I'm pretty sure vested veterans (5yrs, is it?) don't have to go through waivers. Branch is a complete free agent now.

    Question on practice squad signings -- when you sign someone off someone else's PS they have to stay on the 53-man roster for at least three games. What about when you promote from your own PS?
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    Since it is after the trade deadline he must clear waivers. I think not positive. Only reason I say this is because of Minnesota releasing Moss and him going thru waivers to go to Tennessee.
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    you can sign and release them whenever. ask ross ventrone.



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    I believe if we cut Salas again we risk losing him. And seeing as another team was already interested in him (which is why we gave him a raise), he is likely going to be on our active roster for the rest of the season.
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    I am shocked at the Branch move. With Hernandez out and Welker a maybe, aren't they very thin in the WR/TE Corps?
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    Salas is a WR.
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    Correct. He can be claimed.
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    Well Branch hasn't been much of a factor this year.. he cannot get open at all. The 2 plays I remember from him so far are the monster hit he took from Ed Reed and the pick Brady threw when he tried to throw it to him in perfect coverage against the Seahawks.
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    Nobody better claim him :(
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    You don't remember how he kept 3 or 4 of our drives alive against the Rams two games ago?
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    You're right. Quote from the CBA:

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    I must be lacking short memory or something, but I really don't lol.
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    Branch had his best game of the season Sun. But Welker (ankle), Lloyd (knee) and Branch (Hamstring) are all questionable for tomorrow. Leaves only Edelman as a healthy true WR. And he is our least reliable WR. So injuries necessitated the Salas move. They could have released Rivera, for instance, as he has been released and unclaimed previously. They must be reasonably confident that an injured Branch goes unclaimed, but it is a risk.
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    My prediction of an Edelman + Salas, Shiancoe/Hooman/Gronk Offense is coming to fruition lol
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    I remember everybody flipping out because Branch and Gaffney got released in TC. What was BB thinking!

    Branch has 9 catches for 80 yards, Gaffney 4 for 68 for Miami.

    Hopefully, Salas adds something to the offense.
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    I know that. Just saying that we cut a veteran who knows Brady really well when we have Hernadez out and Welker questionable seems risky...thats all!
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    Does anyone know if Brady has worked out with Salas at all?

    If not, expect Brady to ignore him entirely. Even then, Brady worked with Edelman over the offseason and it led to pretty much nothing.
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    Agreed, almost shocking considering he is intimately familiar with the offense and has history with TB. The true injury situation must be pretty bad and/or Salas has been showing something good in practice and/or BB suspected Salas was about to be poached by another team.
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    I'm hoping it was a promotion based more on merit than an injury to Branch. Branch doesn't really add much at this point, maybe they see Salas as the better alternative.
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    I remember Mike Reiss predicting Salas would have 61 receptions based on his rapport with Brady during training camp.
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    It was a pleasure Mr Branch
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    Was Salas on the team during training camp? :confused:
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    Branch is hurt. They need a healthy body out there at WR. This team is banged up. They need another byeweek. Yikes!
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