Branch held silent after explosive start

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Branch held silent after explosive start

By Tom E. Curran
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FOXBORO - After an explosive start to the season - 7 catches for 93 yards in the opener and 8 for 129 in Week 2 - Deion Branch was held catchless against the Bills on Sunday. In the locker room Monday afternoon, Branch said it was dictated by the Buffalo defense. "Tom took advantage of the opportunities that the defense was giving him," said Branch, referring to quarterback Tom Brady. "There were a lot of times that Wes (Welker) had mismatches and we took advantage of them, rightfully so. There were times Tom probably could have come to me but he has to go through his reads and wherever his reads take him that's where you go with the ball."Asked about the man that lockers next to him, fellow wideout Chad Ochocinco, Branch answered, "He's very positive. He's got the input from the coaches. Everything's motivational. Every week there's going to be something different for all of us."Week 3 was certainly different for Branch than the first two weeks.
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How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

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How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

In this week's episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast" presented by Papa Gino's, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Patriots players and coaches that could be either coming or going. Also, former offensive lineman and current sports radio host Rich Ohrnberger is this week's guest to talk about his years with the team, including some great stories on O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

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Here's this week's rundown:

  • (3:10) Can Cyrus Jones recover next year, and does he need to with the potential loss of Logan Ryan?
  • (9:54) What to expect the end result to be for free-agent Dont'a Hightower. Is the franchise tag acceptable for both parties?
  • (20:30) Is Jimmy Garoppolo here to stay...(25:30) and how does Jacoby Brissett's development answer that question.
  • (30:58) The loss of tight end coach Brian Daboll to Alabama
  • (42:28) Interview with Rich Ohrnberger
  • (1:04:22) Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on the Patriots draft board

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”