Oct 12, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) tackles Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (12) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
3) Will Andre Branch finally put it all together?
At this point in Andre Branch’s career and in his current reserve role with the Jacksonville Jaguars, I think the team is looking to see if he can put together more aspects of his game and become a more complete player. It’s clear that Dante Fowler Jr. is the future at defensive end and the Jags are happy with other guys like Jared Odrick, Sen’Derrick Marks, and Roy Miller on the defensive line.
Finding those last reserve guys who can really contribute is the next step.
Branch is trying to prove he can be one of those guys. He wants to prove he can succeed as a pass rusher and as a run defender when called upon. He has to prove that he is more than just a long, moderately quick defensive end. Putting it all together will likely yield improved statistics, but even if it doesn’t and he simply passes the eye test, it will be an improvement. Head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich will be looking to see if he can finally make his game more complete through he season.
Entering his last year on his contract, whether Branch can prove an all-arounder may be what keeps him Jacksonville or sees him depart. So far it seems like he may be able to. He’s been impressing the coaches and while the buzz is small, expect them to keep their eyes on him to see that improvement overall.
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