Branch returns to Patriots with family in mind


Branch returns to Patriots with family in mind

FOXBORO -- Deion Branch could have signed with another team. Interest was shown around the league, and he even entertained the idea of playing elsewhere after being released by the Patriots just days after the final preseason game.

And while maybe, just maybe, he had his own personal reasons for signing with another team, that wouldn't have been in his family's best interest.

So, nearly a month later and two games into the regular season, Branch re-signed with the Patriots on Tuesday, and he was back at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

"I'm very blessed to have my priorities in line, and I think that's the difference that may separate me from some younger guys," said Branch before Wednesday's practice.

Those priorities were his family.

"That's something that you know, hey, there's plenty of teams that are interested in you," said Branch. "But are you interested in going to play for those teams? Those are the things that I had to answer. That's the stuff that I was truly battling with. Am I ready to uproot my family and move from here to go and play for a that team?"

"Family is more important. My wife and my kids, school just started. There's a lot of stuff going on, a lot of things that factors into your decision. You've got to make sure you make the right decision for your family."

Branch has children in pre-kindergarten, first grade, and sixth grade. He made it clear that the biggest reason he re-signed with the Patriots was because he didn't want to take his young children away from their friends, knowing how tough it would be on them at such an early age.

"It's mainly important for me to just understand my kids' feelings," said Branch. "To know that they're growing. It's hard to move your kids. When you're grown, we can adapt to a certain environment. But when your kids go to different schools and have to make new friends, that takes a little while. And I think I took that into consideration a lot, knowing my kids' feelings. They're very open-hearted kids, man. They love being around people. And the last thing I wanted to do was put them in an environment they didn't want to be in."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.

Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor's tiebreaking score.

The Titans (3-3) also snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge.

Derrick Henry then clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.

The Titans looked like the NFL's worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota's first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.

But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.