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Deion Branch on M&M: ‘Just a lot of negative plays’ against Lions

08.29.11 at 11:18 am ET
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Wide receiver Deion Branch spoke with Mut & Merloni Monday morning as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday.

Branch attributed Saturday’€™s loss to the Lions to ‘€œjust a lot negative plays, a lot of flags.’€

‘€œWe had a game plan, we wanted to go out and execute our game plan,’€ Branch said. ‘€œUnfortunately, there were some mishaps, a bunch of negative plays on the football field that didn’€™t allow us to out and execute our game plan completely.’€

Added Branch: ‘€œAs an offense, you can’€™t be successful in long-yardage situations.’€

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On where the team goes after the loss: ‘€œThere are going to be a lot of good things coming out this once we watch the film.’€

On his lack of preseason receptions: ‘€œI don’€™t have any issues with what’€™s going on right now. I understand exactly what we’€™re doing, and hey, I’€™m going to roll with it.’€

On wanting to play Thursday against the Giants: ‘€œThe way we played [against the Lions], we didn’€™t display our type of football. The only way you can do that is to actually get on the practice field, and gear up and get to the next game.’€

On the lockout making the preseason more important: “We only have one more week together before we kick this thing off for real. … Back in the past, you’€™d have two practices and an extra week or so, and also the minicamps and the offseason programs’€“ all the things that we didn’€™t have this year.’€

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