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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.

 


Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Preseason Week 2

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills fell to 1-2 in the preseason after dropping Saturday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 19-16. A lack of sound situational football, particularly on offense, kept the Bills from winning despite some positive play from their defense. The Bills only punted twice in 13 offensive series, while they controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes and ran 35 more plays on offense, but they only scored one touchdown.

The biggest positive of the game for the Bills came in escaping with no major injuries, including No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, who left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury but was reported to be “fine” by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

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Standouts and Disappointments from the 2014 Hall of Fame Game

Monday, August 4th, 2014

EJ Manuel’s performance in the Hall of Fame Game left much to be desired. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

An exciting weekend in Canton for the Buffalo Bills, highlighted by Andre Reed’s enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has come to an end.

Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game wasn’t quite as enthusing for the Bills, who lost 17-13 to the New York Giants, but the first preseason game should always come with its ups and downs. The good news for the Bills is that the loss, even though they tried to win, won’t matter at all when the regular-season games begin.

It’s important to remember that just one game into the preseason—there’s still four more exhibition games to go but the games that matter begin—it’s still way too early to jump to conclusions about any players. Young, inexperienced players are expected to have some hiccups early in the preseason.

With that being said, there were members of the Bills whose performances from Sunday night deserve praise, while there were others who need to be better to make positive contributions his fall.

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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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