By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Perhaps not directly responding to Chris Carter's comments that he "disappears too much against regular corners," Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch finished Monday night's 45-3 win over the New York Jets with three receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.
His 25-yard touchdown reception on a 4th-and-3 quick slant, with 1:01 left in the first quarter, gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead.
After the game, Branch did directly respond to Carter's comments, which were made earlier in the week, and said that Carter's just one of the many who've hated on Branch's game.
"I've been doubted all my life," said Branch. "Ever since I was a little kid, I've been doubted, saying I'd never make it, that I was too short, this and that. So I mean, hearing it from Chris Carter, I didn't hear it, but that's his opinion. He's just like the next man. Somebody else will probably say something tomorrow.
"That's their opinion," added Branch. "I can't worry about the next man. I've got to do what I can do to help provide and take care of my family, and I'm going to keep doing that.
"I never look to him for advice . . . That's his opinion."
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Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.