The Patriots have added two receivers youve heard of heading into Sunday nights game against the Ravens.
With tight end Aaron Hernandez out for at least a month with an ankle injury, the Patriots have signed tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Deion Branch, NFL.com reported.
Winslow is coming off a 75-catch season with the Buccaneers, but he reportedly didnt hit it off with new coach Greg Schiano, so he was shipped to the Seahawks, who cut him after reportedly asking him to take a pay cut.
NFL.com called Winslows move to the Patriots his best, last chance for NFL relevancy.
As for Branch, the Patriots apparently are bringing him back after cutting him just before the season. An 11-year veteran, Branch has spent six seasons in New England. He caught 51 passes for the Patriots last season, five for touchdowns.
Meanwhile, there is other wide receiver intrigue going on in New England. Mainstay Wes Welker didnt start Sunday, replaced by Julian Edelman, who ended up getting more snaps than reliable Tom Brady target Welker.
The reason for Welkers lack of playing time is so unclear, the Boston Globe offered a whole series of possible explanations, from Welkers being hurt, to the Patriots not wanting to give him a big contract, to Edelmans being a better player at this point, to the teams lack of confidence after his key drop in last seasons Super Bowl.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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