The quarterback does know he’s tired of talking about the departure of one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats.
“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.”
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.’ “
“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.”
So the transition won’t be easy.