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“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,” Brady said on his weekly appearance on WEEI radio.

Brady also denied a report aired on a CBS pregame show Sunday that he and Moss had a confrontation before the receiver was traded.

Branch, in his first stint with the Patriots, had 213 receptions for 14 touchdowns. Moss was much more prolific with 259 catches and 50 touchdown receptions in three full seasons plus four games this year. But Branch was outstanding in the 2004 and 2005 Super Bowls with a total of 21 catches.

“I’m excited,” said Edelman, a seventh-round draft choice last year. “He’s been here when they won Super Bowls and I’m going to be able to get to learn from another guy, another veteran,”

Branch started three of Seattle’s four games this season, catching 13 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown. He’s been healthy after missing parts of the past three seasons with knee, hamstring and foot injuries. He caught 190 passes, 15 for touchdowns, with the Seahawks.

He said he was “very thankful” to have been part of the Seahawks organization and also to return to the team that drafted him then traded him for a first-round pick in 2007 that turned out to be starting safety Brandon Meriweather.

“The opportunity presented itself and they took another shot at it,” Branch said.

None of the team’s receivers were on the team during Branch’s first go-round in New England.

“That’s part of the business,” he said. “They find a way to get the job done.”

They’re getting plenty of help from the quarterback who escorted Branch to Tuesday’s practice.

“When you have a quarterback such as Tom, you can do a lot of things,” he said. “You’ve just got to make sure you put the right guys in the right place. You just follow (Brady‘s) lead and he won’t lead you in the wrong direction.”