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Deion Branch looking forward to return to Seattle

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  October 10, 2012 12:25 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Deion Branch said he didn't have much in the way of lasting impressions when he played against the Patriots, his old team, in 2008 after being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2006.
"Just the loss,'' Branch said, referring to New England's come-from-behind 24-21 victory at Qwest Field, which overshadowed Branch's two TD-catch performance.
"Not the game I had,'' Branch said. "It was the loss overall. I was very excited to play against my old team.''
On Sunday, Branch will return to Seattle, but this time he'll be suited up with the Patriots, the team that drafted him out of Louisville in the second round (65th overall) in the 2002, traded him to the Seahawks for a 2007 first-round pick, then reacquired him Oct. 12, 2010, for a 2011 fourth-round pick.
Branch was released by the Patriots Aug. 31, but re-signed for a third tour of duty Sept. 19, and has three catches for 36 yards in three games since rejoining the team.
Asked if he expected to have any thoughts going against his former Seattle teammates, Branch acknowledged, "I will. I know I will. It happens to every individual who plays this game when you get the opportunity to play against your old team.''
Branch smiled and laughed when asked about the differences between playing for Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.
"Oh, yeah, they're different,'' Branch said, choosing his words carefully. "I enjoyed my time there with Coach Carroll ... They're different coaches. I think they've proven they can get a lot out of their players, so those are the similarities. But they're different.''
Especially, it seemed, when it came to energy expended on the sidelines. Carroll has been prone to overt displays of emotion and excitablity, while Belichick has not.
"Oh, yeah, you see that,'' Branch said, smiling. "You see that with Coach Carroll, man. I enjoyed it, man. He's a great guy.''
So, will there be any special feelings for him to be going back to Seattle in a Patriots uniform?
"Special feelings?'' Branch asked. "Yeah, I hope we go out there and get the victory. That’s the most important feeling I need to have. It’s always good to go back and see some of the older guys. But when the whistle blows, it’s time to play the game. All that other stuff goes out the window until after the game.''

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