Brady moving on with Branch and without Moss

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FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (AP) - Tom Brady isn’t sure how the New England Patriots‘ offense will change or opposing defenses will play now that Randy Moss is gone.

The quarterback does know he’s tired of talking about the departure of one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats.

After answering six questions Wednesday about the trade of Moss to the Minnesota Vikings one week earlier, Brady was asked a seventh: Did something stop working to cause Moss to get traded?

“I’ve moved on. We all have,” he said in his first group interview since the deal. “I really don’t want to talk about it anymore.”

Brady preferred to talk about the receivers who remain and the return of Deion Branch, who was traded by Seattle on Monday four years after the Patriots sent him to the Seahawks.

“The relationship I have with Deion on the field has always been a great one. There’s always been a natural chemistry,” Brady said. “I hope that we’ll be able to rely back on that a little bit.”

New England faces a tough opponent on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens visit Gillette Stadium. Brady will attack the league’s third-best defense without a receiver with a proven ability to stretch the field. Three of his top four wide receivers _ Branch, Wes Welker and Julian Edelman _ specialize in intermediate routes.

Brady doesn’t mind, as long as they produce.

“If it’s dink and dunk and score touchdowns, I’m fine with dinking and dunking,” he said. “Whether it’s a deep throw or short throw, you don’t go into the game plan thinking, ‘OK, we’re just going to throw a bunch of 2-yard passes. You’re going to stretch the field, and if we have guys open, we’re going to try to take advantage.’ “

Moss had three touchdown catches of 34, 7 and 35 yards with the Patriots. Welker also has three, covering 9, 4 and 6 yards. Branch’s only touchdown catch this season was a 3-yarder.

But Branch was the MVP in the Patriots‘ 2005 Super Bowl win. Then he led the team with 78 receptions the next season, his last before being traded to Seattle after four seasons with New England.

“He was a really dynamic player for us in our offense and had really played big in so many big games,” said Brady, who took the loss of Branch hard. “We had spent a lot of time together trying to get to know each other. Right when we were starting to get all warmed up and lathered up, he got sent to Seattle.

“It’s good to have him back, and I think, hopefully, we can do some of those same things he was doing for us before.”

But the offensive system has changed “quite a bit” since Branch last played in it, Brady said.

So the transition won’t be easy.

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