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Deion Branch on M&M: ‘We’re always trying to help each other be successful’

08.15.11 at 11:48 am ET

Deion Branch spoke with Mut & Merloni Monday at Gillette. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Branch said that his job as a veteran is to set an example for newer wide receivers such as Taylor Price.

‘€œWe have to go out and show these guys how to do it the right way, and then let their athleticism take over,’€ Branch said.

Branch said that he appreciates how Price asks questions and tries to make ‘€œthat extra step to not only just listen but also put it out on the football field.’€

Added Branch, ‘€œWe’€™re always trying to help each other be successful.’€

Branch said that one of the biggest differences between his time with the Seahawks and the Patriots is that in Seattle, ‘€œGuys didn’€™t understand what it took to go out and practice and try to put something together.’€ Branch said he appreciates New England‘€™s approach, especially the emphasis on practice.

‘€œIf we don’€™t do it right in practice, don’€™t try to do it in the game,’€ Branch said.

Branch said he thinks his ‘€œknowledge of the game’€ has improved since the Patriots traded him before the 2006 season.

‘€œI’€™m pretty much trying to think on the level with the quarterback,’€ Branch said. ‘€œI’€™m always trying to figure out what they’€™re doing, what are their signals, what the line is doing. Back in the day, my thing was just learning the receiver position. I’€™m trying to learn all the things around me now.’€

As for Tom Brady, Branch said that getting married has made Brady more ‘€œsettled,’€ and ‘€œso much more focused on the game of football.’€

‘€œYou can see now the love, the passion, the love for the game,’€ Branch said of Brady. ‘€œYou saw it back then, but you can really see it now.’€

Branch also said that the NFL lockout has disadvantaged every team across the league.

‘€œAll 32 teams are behind a whole lot,’€ Branch said.

‘€œI think in the beginning it may be a little slow for certain teams. Hopefully we can start pretty fast, and that’€™s our goal.’€

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