Seahawks WR Branch says he'll be ready for camp

Published on June 23, 2010 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Another offseason, another left knee operation for Seattle Seahawks receiver Deion Branch.

It Seems as if that is all Branch has done since arriving in Seattle four seasons ago.

But Branch was back on the field this week for Seattle’s final minicamp, doing individual drills. He didn’t participate in any 11-on-11 activities. That will wait for another month when training camp begins, when Branch says he will be a full go with his left knee.

“I feel good. Last year (I) did the same thing, and had it cleaned out,” Branch said on Wednesday after Seattle wrapped up its minicamp. “This year was probably a little lighter, not as intense as last year’s surgery. It’s just a normal clean out, nothing major. It’s nothing that nobody is worried about.”

Despite Branch’s confidence that his knee is fine and it shouldn’t be a concern, the April surgery was his third knee operation in two years. And it comes at a time when Branch will likely need to be at his best to ensure himself a spot on Seattle’s roster when the season begins.

Branch has experience and a track record in the NFL. The 2005 Super Bowl MVP has had seasons with 53, 49, 30 and 45 catches for the Seahawks since they acquired him 2006 from New England – and then gave him a $39 million contract with $13 million guaranteed.

Seattle drafted former Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate in April’s second round because of its need for a playmaker outside. Yet new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last month he saw enough from Branch in a minicamp before his latest surgery to carve out a role for the oft-injured veteran.

“Deion had a really good minicamp the first time out so we had some real good information on him,” Carroll said.

Carroll had said Branch’s arthroscopic surgery almost two months ago in Philadelphia was a “very minor” cleanup. The knee problems for the 30-year-old receiver started when he injured his left knee on a snowy field in a playoff game at Green Bay in January 2008. He had reconstructive surgery a month later.

Branch had a follow-up procedure in March 2009 but downplayed that as a minor clean-out that he said is common following knee reconstruction. He said the surgery in April was similar, but less invasive than a year ago.

Branch said he could have participated in all segments of the two days of minicamp this week, but trainers didn’t want him to push too hard in his recovery.

“I think the thing is I listen and do what the trainers say and follow the guidelines,” Branch said. “You know the rehab the last two offseason (and) we try and stick to that and doing it that way.”

Branch will need to be able to stay on the field when training camp begins. Carroll’s mantra of competition has led to massive roster turnover this offseason and a glut of receivers vying for only a handful of spots on the final 53-man roster. Carroll said just getting Branch and fellow receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a couple of days this week helps him get an idea of how quickly they are grasping the new offense brought in by coordinator Jeremy Bates.

For Branch, this will be the fourth offense he has played in and third in Seattle.

“I’ve pretty much seen it all. … It’s all about where (Bates) wants to put us. We’ve got a lot of flexibility depending on where they want to put us,” Branch said. “He’s got a lot of guys to work with. He’s got the hard job. We just have to go out and make some plays.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

140729hawkville660

Anthony McCoy injures Achilles in practice

WORD OF THE DAY: ACHILLES Anthony McCoy missed the Seahawks’ Super Bowl-winning 2013 season after tearing his right Achilles ...
1hPvyV.AuSt.5

Rule emphasis could limit Seahawks

Tweets dispatched by former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira last week felt as though they had ...
1cHhmj.AuSt.5

Seahawks handling several injuries at start of camp

There was a lot of talent standing off to the side at the first day of Seattle Seahawks ...
072614wilson600

Russell Wilson’s second training camp practice comes with a catch

And on the second day of training camp, Russell Wilson caught a pass? That’s right. It happened on a ...
072514receivers600

For Seahawks’ wide-outs, it’s better to receive than to give

Doug Baldwin got past cornerback Byron Maxwell along the sideline to run down a long touchdown pass from ...
Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during pre game warmups against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Carroll on Marshawn Lynch holdout: We expect him to honor his contract

If Marshawn Lynch is holding out in hopes of getting a raise, he might be holding out for ...
download

Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks camp

Marshawn Lynch will not be in attendance when the Seattle Seahawks open training camp. Former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson ...
sidneyarticle

Sidney Rice announces his retirement from the NFL

Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz