FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Not many NFL players have the chance to begin their careers with one team, play more than four seasons in another city, and then return home to their original club.
But don't expect Branch to make too much of the homecoming this weekend.
"Hopefully we go out there and get the victory. That's the most important feeling that I need to have, and that's what I have," Branch said Wednesday. "It's always good to go back and see some of your old guys. But when we play at 4 o'clock, when the whistle blows, it's time to play the game. All the other stuff goes out the window until after the game."
Branch's 2008 season got off to a slow start due to injury, but when the Patriots traveled to CenturyLink Field (then called Qwest Field) in Week 14, Branch had one his best games of the season, catching two touchdown passes in a Seattle loss.
What does he remember most about that game?
"The loss," Branch said. "Not the game that I had. Overall, the loss. I was very excited to play against my old team."
Branch played for three head coaches in Seattle. The last was current coach Pete Carroll, who is known to be high-energy and player-friendly. A different style, of course, than Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
"I think both of these guys have proven they get a lot of their players. Those are their similarities, and their differences ... they're different," Branch said, smiling.
"Both great coaches, but they're different."