Brady: Steep learning curve for Branch

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady touched on the team’s re-acquisition of wide receiver Deion Branch during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Tuesday morning. Here are a few of his comments:

* Did he lobby for the team to make a deal for Branch?

“I think between teammates you obviously, if you hear something maybe you’ll say something. But at the same time, I never had a conversation with coach Belichick about it. I think he is the kind of player that you want, that you’re looking for. He’s very much the same type of player that you’ve seen here over the years. The Bruschis, the Vrabels, the McGinests, the Ty Laws, those character guys that a guy like Deion is. Whenever those guys become available I’m sure that’s the kind of player coach Belichick jumps at.”

* Does he expect a quick assimilation for Branch?

“I’m not sure. I’m not sure how much Deion has retained over the years. Deion is a very smart player. He’s going to have his work cut out for him. There’s a lot to catch up on. I wouldn’t say things are exactly the way they were when he left. We’ve evolved quite a bit from that offense that we were running. Some of the things I’m sure are very familiar to him, but some of the things are very different as well. I’m sure there will be a pretty steep learning curve for him. Hopefully he gets up to speed as quickly as possible because we’ll need him this week.”