The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian has pointed out some recent quotes by new Seattle Seahawks Head Coach and Front Man Pete Carroll that relate to former New England Patriots WR Deion Branch. Carroll appears to be excited to work with Branch and believes that he still has the potential to play a role in the Seahawks offense and re-birth.
"He’s a big-time player. I’ve seen him now on the field, throwing the ball around with a few players the couple days I was out (in Seattle)," Carroll said. "He’s gifted. He’s a natural player. He’s got terrific quickness. He’s got all the instincts. Terrific hands. With a good personality.
"The way he finished last year, the last 4 games of the year, he really looked good," Carroll went on. "He looked like a really good football player. It took him a little bit to get comfortable last year coming back from the stuff he dealt with. Once he got going, he looked like a very good player. Hopefully, we can utilize his talents and make sure he’s going to be a big factor for us."
Carroll appears to be hoping that Branch will manage to stay healthy for a full year and be able to regain his top form. Branch is a good guy and I hope him the best, but I think Carroll will be disappointed if he's going to be relying upon Branch; he isn't a #2 guy. Across from other Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Branch may be asked to help split the field. I don't think he is capable of that anymore.
However, I do think he could be a very good #3...hint hint.