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Pats reportedly bring in Winslow, Branch

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Pats reportedly bring in Winslow, Branch

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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