Ex-New England WR Deion Branch has joined Indianapolis for Saturday game between the teams.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One of the most productive players in New England Patriots history has just signed on with the enemy in advance of Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.
But naturally, Patriots coach Bill Belichick does not sound like a man stricken by panic over the Indianapolis Colts' signing of wideout Deion Branch.
Belichick said Wednesday that he generally doesn't believe a player facing his former team – like Branch -- can add much inside knowledge to help or hurt a team.
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But it's intriguing enough, with the Colts coming here for Saturday night's game.
"I think that's way overrated," Belichick said during his pre-practice news conference. "And a lot of times the information in those situations is sometimes misinformation because things have changed. ... And I'm not saying that in any particular circumstance. I'm just saying in general. A lot of times a player's been with another team, tells you this is what they do, this is their call, this is this, this is that. And it turns out, that's not what really it is.
"Honestly, I think now we have enough trouble doing all the things that we do, and getting them right, getting them ready to do them well. And I'm sure they have the same thing with the amount of volume that you know you have in your different systems and the amount of volume you face on the other side of the ball. To be able to not only know everything that you're doing, then also figure out everything that they're doing, it's pretty overrated."
Branch, 34, hasn't played all season after not being re-signed by the Patriots following the 2012 season. He lives in the Indianapolis area, and was on the Colts' radar as a potential free agent signee for weeks.
Although Belichick downplays the insider-info factor, the question still begs:
Will the Patriots change anything – like play calls or hand signals – because the Colts so suddenly signed Branch?
Said Belichick, "We do whatever we think is best."