Patriots: Branch competing for playing time with younger newcomers and possibly a roster spot

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch is competing for playing time with newcomers Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth and holdovers Wes Welker and Julian Edelman. Branch might also be fighting for a roster spot. He admits players lose something as they age. But he says he will never lose his mental skills that allow him to evade defenders and run routes.

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