The New England Patriots traded for receiver Deion Branch shortly after they traded away receiver Randy Moss. But Branch says that if people view that as a sign that he was brought in to replace Moss, they’re wrong.
“That’s the first thing I want to let you know — I’m not here to replace Randy. I’m not Randy Moss,” Branch said, per the Providence Journal. “I wasn’t Randy Moss when I was here. I’m not here to replace him. My job is to go out and do what the offense asks me to do, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Branch is obviously right that he’s not the same kind of player as Moss, but the Patriots obviously brought Branch in because they needed another receiver after the Moss trade. What Branch says the Patriots got is a receiver who knows his role in New England’s offense.
“I understand the game of football,” Branch said. “I truly understand the game and how to study guys, the opponent. I think my first four years here, I was playing off all athleticism and I was getting away with it for a little bit. I think now I can sit down and break down a film and watch my opponent.”