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The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 


Shaky Start for the Offense: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 22

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Early struggles by Seantrel Henderson (No. 66) and the Buffalo Bills offensive line have forced EJ Manuel and the Bills quarterbacks to escape the pocket often. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Glenn Gifford

Tuesday’s training camp practice for the Buffalo Bills looked eerily similar to Monday’s practice, the only difference being the addition of pads. Some nice plays were made by a handful of players but on the whole, the Bills offense looked horribly out of sync.

While still very early in the whole training camp process, there were a few things I noticed over my two days at St. John Fisher College that should give Bills fans pause for concern. With U2′s classic song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as our theme this time, here are my observations from Tuesday’s practice.

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Working Out the Kinks: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 21

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Sammy Watkins has been an early standout at Buffalo Bills training camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Glenn Gifford

During a few hours of extreme humidity at St. John Fisher College on Monday afternoon, I had the opportunity to take in the Buffalo Bills’ second practice of their 2014 training camp.

The team has many new faces and despite the injury to middle linebacker Kiko Alonso, defensive tackle Marcel Dareus’ off-field issues and Cordy Glenn’s mystery ailment, hope still springs eternal for the Bills’ embattled fan base.

Like the classic Clint Eastwood film, the theme of Monday’s training camp observations are The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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5 Things To Watch For At Buffalo Bills Training Camp 2014

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The development of second-year quarterback EJ Manuel will be a focal point of Buffalo Bills training camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The Buffalo Bills’ 2014 training camp is officially set to begin. On Sunday, the Bills will have their first practice of the summer at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y. After a busy offseason in which the Bills rebuilt much of their coaching staff once again, signed free agents and made a splashy trade in the draft, training camp will be a time for Buffalo to answer lingering questions about its 2014 team and prepare for the upcoming season.

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What Will 2014 Buffalo Bills Defense Look Like with New Coaches, Existing Personnel?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

What will the Buffalo Bills defense look like under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014? We can take a look back at 2013 for some ideas. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Outside of a few key players, the only constant for the Buffalo Bills defense since 2011 has been its inconstancy. As the Bills go into the 2014 season with their fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, that will continue to be the case.

Unlike the previous two seasons, however, this year’s change came not because the Bills defense needed it, but because it was really good. Mike Pettine was hired as Cleveland Browns head coach after just one seasons as Bills defensive coordinator, in which the Buffalo defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, tied for sixth in the league in takeaways, 10th in total defense and as the league’s fourth-most efficient defense by Football Outsiders.

In total, the Bills lost five members of last year’s defensive coaching staff to the Browns, but they did a great job restacking the deck. In new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac, the Bills added three highly-respected defensive minds with a combined 48 years of NFL coaching experience.

With the coaching shuffle finally complete in Buffalo (at least it seems to be), the new Bills coaching staff should already be at work constructing Buffalo’s defensive scheme for 2014.

What will that defense ultimately look like?

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