Deion Branch and Wes Welker supremely confident in Patriots passing game
|09.10.11 at 11:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Deion Branch and Wes Welker both exude the confidence that comes from having Tom Brady as your starting quarterback.
So, when asked this week whether he’s concerned about not having caught a single pass in the four preseason games, Branch said if the quarterback’s not worried, he’s not going to waste time fretting either.
“Trust me, I’m not worried and Tom’s not worried,” Branch said. “As long as Tom’s not worried, I’m not worried.”
Pats coach Bill Belichick also sounds like a man not overly concerned by the goose egg in the catches column so far for Branch.
“I think the most important thing for us offensively is just to play well and score points,” Belichick said. “Individual statistics and all that are not really my focus. Sometimes they’re going to go to one player and sometimes they’re going to go to another player. We always come in here on Monday and talk about the player who didn’t have the most statistics, what happened to him. The most important thing is how the team performs, whether we get the ball in the end zone and score points. That’s what our goal is offensively – it’s not individual statistics.”
What did Belichick think of Branch’s preseason?
“Good. I thought he was in good condition, [he] was out there every day, practiced well, gave great leadership to the position. You love having Deion Branch on your team.”
Brady is someone else not really paying attention to the numbers – or lack of them – in the last two preseason games. Right now, all of the focus is on being ready for Monday night in Miami.
“Yeah, and I think all of the preparations over the last couple weeks have been for this night, so we’ve been working hard to get ready for opening night – for obviously this week of practice,” Brady said. “So, look, if things don’t go well in the preseason, you correct them. If things don’t go well in the regular season, you correct them.
“You’re always trying to see the things you did wrong so you can correct those things and improve on them, and then hopefully they get better over the course of the year. We’re working on getting them better. You wish you had every single problem solved in week one, but I think that’s the goal [and] how realistic it is, we’ll see when we take the field. I’m excited to see where we’re at. You’re basing it against some pretty tough competition. We have a great test on Monday.”
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