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Tuesday Locker Room Notes: Branch reaction

10.12.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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No reason to bury the lede — Deion Branch was not seen in the locker room (media had access from 11:15-noon). There was, however, confirmation from several Patriots that Branch was at Gillette Stadium undergoing a physical this morning. It appears that he will be wearing No. 84 and will be using the locker next to Tom Brady. There is a chance Branch will speak to the media after practice this afternoon.

The news of Branch’s return was welcomed by the few players who spoke to the media Wednesday morning, including Dan Koppen, who played with the wideout during his first tenure in New England.

“I’m excited, Deion’s a good player, a good guy,” said Koppen. “A good guy to have in the locker room. Another guy to throw the ball to. Just a good player, made a lot of plays for us in big-time games. You want those kind of players on your team.”

Julian Edelman hasn’t been the factor in the offense that many predicted — and the addition of a wideout with Day One chemistry with Brady might not help him get more touches — but he’s on board with the acquisition.

“He’s been here when they won Super Bowls and I’m going to be able to learn from another guy, another veteran. We’re happy to have him.

I watched some of his film in the offseason, he’s a phenomenal playmaker. He’s a guy that you strive to try and be like. We have the same size and stature, you know. He’s going to be awesome to have here.”

Kevin Faulk – who said his impending ACL surgery is a couple of weeks away — feels the Branch move is “about the game. Guys go, guys come back to places. He’s familiar with the organization and offense.”

The other popular topic was Monday night’s Vikings-Jets game and the performance of Randy Moss. Koppen said he didn’t watch the game — “I slept” — but Edelman tuned in for the first three quarters and said he was “rooting for Moss.”

“It’s always good to see Randy,” said Edelman. “He’s taught me a bunch, I learned a lot from him, played with him. It was good to see him get that long touchdown, always want him to do well.”

Faulk called Moss “his best friend” and said he watched the entire game.

“A lot easier when you don’t have to get up as early anymore,” Faulk said with a laugh.

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