Andre Branch DL JAC 7 Months
The Florida Times Union reports second-year DE Andre Branch is squarely on the roster bubble.
Branch, last year's No. 38 overall pick, has been running exclusively with the second-team defense in training camp, and his "lack of consistency" has landed him on the bubble. He played just eight snaps in last week's preseason game, and is competing for playing time with Ryan Davis. Branch registered just one sack in 13 games as a rookie, and he might be trade bait these next two weeks.
Andre Branch DL JAC 10 Months
Jaguars 2012 second-round pick Andre Branch is working as the backup "Leo" to Jason Babin at OTAs.
"Leo" is the primary pass-rushing position in new coach Gus Bradley's defense. It's a weak-side edge rusher who can play in either a two- or three-point stance. Branch was a colossal bust as a rookie, managing one sack across 13 games.
Andre Branch DL JAC 11 Months
Jaguars DE Andre Branch re-injured his groin at minicamp this week.
Branch's 2012 rookie season was cut short by three games due to a groin injury, and he underwent surgery for the issue in January. It's unclear how severe the "new" injury is, but there has been no indication that it's serious. Branch registered 12 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble last year, and he is expected to get looks at the "Leo" pass rush position under coach Gus Bradley.
Andre Branch DL JAC Feb 24 '13
Jaguars second-year DE Andre Branch is expected to get an opportunity to be the team's "Leo" pass rusher.
Jason Babin is considered the leading in-house candidate, but coach Gus Bradley says it would be "awesome" if Jacksonville could have two. "That's the style we're looking at," said Bradley. "Branch has some qualities. We looked at him last year in the draft as a Leo." New GM Dave Caldwell has already came out and said he's high on last year's second-round pick.
Andre Branch DL JAC Feb 04 '13
Jaguars GM David Caldwell says he is high on second-year DE Andre Branch and believes Branch will develop as hoped under new DL coach Todd Wash.
Branch flamed out as a rookie starter after being the 38th pick in the draft, getting demoted in mid-October and finishing the year on injured reserve. He is currently recovering from groin surgery. Caldwell was high on Branch coming out of Clemson and will give him every opportunity to earn a prominent role.
Andre Branch DL JAC Dec 18 '12
Jaguars placed DE Andre Branch (groin) and RB Jordan Todman (calf) on season-ending injured reserve.
The injuries were apparently sustained in Week 15. The No. 38 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Branch was a major disappointment as a pass rusher in his rookie season. He was demoted out of the starting lineup in mid-October, recording just one sack and 12 tackles in 13 games. Expect Branch to compete for a starting job next summer.
Andre Branch DL JAC Oct 17 '12
The Jaguars have demoted DE Andre Branch out of the starting lineup.
Branch, a second-round rookie out of Clemson, had six tackles and no sacks in the first five weeks. He'll now play behind Austen Lane, a former fifth-round pick that has two sacks in 19 career games. The 1-4 Jags are grasping at straws as they come out of the bye.
Andre Branch DL JAC Sep 05 '12
Second-round pick Andre Branch has earned a starting job and will become the first rookie defensive end to start on Opening Day in Jaguars history.
Branch started all four preseason games and registered 1.5 sacks to go with five tackles and a forced fumble. He'll be Jeremy Mincey's book end at left defensive end, rushing from Austen Lane and Aaron Kampman's old position.
Andre Branch DL JAC Jun 14 '12
Second-round DE Andre Branch has begun picking up snaps with the Jaguars first-team defense.
Austen Lane saw the majority of the first-team reps opposite Jeremy Mincey prior to this week's minicamp. Branch is fully expected to play in nickel packages as a rookie. If he improves as a run defender this summer, he could displace Lane on early downs as well.