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Andre Branch | Defensive Lineman

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 265
College: Clemson
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Coach Gus Bradley singled out DE Andre Branch as one of the three players who is really standing out in offseason workouts.
The other two are Chad Henne and Cecil Shorts. "He’s busting his hump harder than anybody," DL coach Todd Wash added. "We’re real pleased with the maturity that he’s gone through over the last year. We think he’s going to be an excellent pass rusher." Branch was reportedly on the trade block last summer. The light came on as a sophomore. Branch had five sacks in the final six games. He's the favorite for LEO duties, over Chris Clemons and Jason Babin. Jun 10 - 9:27 AM

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The Florida Times Union believes Jaguars DE Andre Branch could be back on the trade block again this summer.

The Jaguars dangled Branch in training camp last year but found no takers. Now that he's coming off a six-sack sophomore campaign, Branch might be able to fetch a draft pick. However, we're not sure the addition of Chris Clemons and re-signing of Jason Babin makes Branch expendable. Both Clemons and Babin are well into their thirties. Branch won't turn 25 until July.
Mar 16 - 10:45 AM

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. He might be trade bait these next two weeks.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 01:51:00 PM

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.
Fri, May 24, 2013 02:26:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Second-year DE Andre Branch is expected to get an opportunity to be the Jaguars' "Leo" pass rusher.

Jason Babin is the leading in-house candidate, but coach Gus Bradley says it would be "awesome" if Jacksonville had 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 is also high on last year's second-round pick.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 09:03:00 AM

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.
Source: jaguars.com
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Jaguars DE Andre Branch tweeted that he's having surgery Thursday.

It's likely related to the groin injury that ended Branch's rookie season prematurely. He underperformed before going down, losing his starting job while recording just one sack in 13 games.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 09:04:00 AM

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.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 03:33:00 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 09:11:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 08:42:00 PM

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.
Source: Jaguars.com
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 08:42:00 PM

Jaguars agreed to terms with No. 38 overall pick DE Andre Branch on a four-year contract.

The ACC's sack leader with 10.5 as a senior, Branch brings athleticism, closing quickness, and an impressive 82" wingspan as a much-needed pass rusher opposite Jeremy Mincey. Branch is already penciled in at right defensive end, though it remains to be seen if he can hold up against the run on early downs.
Tue, May 29, 2012 04:23:00 PM

Director of player personnel Terry McDonough indicated that No. 38 overall pick Andre Branch will play right end with the Jags.

Branch, who led the ACC in sacks as a senior, should win the weak-side end job in camp, kicking Jeremy Mincey over to the left side. Aaron Kampman will likely be released. "We're a 4-3 defense, we have a need at right end," McDonough said. "It's no secret we have a need for someone who can rush the passer."
Tue, May 1, 2012 04:03:00 PM

Jaguars selected Clemson DE Andre Branch with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

A one-year wonder at Clemson, Branch broke out for 77 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a senior after entering his final season with just eight total quarterback takedowns. Branch is capable of playing both outside linebacker and defensive end, but will line up at end in Jacksonville's 4-3 defense. The Jaguars are banking he'll improve a pass rush that generated only 31 sacks last season, good for just 25th in the league.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 07:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
3Ricky Stanzi
4Stephen Morris
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3Storm Johnson
4Denard Robinson
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
2Eric Kettani
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Allen Hurns
3Allen Robinson
4Tandon Doss
5Chad Bumphis
WR21Marqise Lee
2Mike Brown
3Ace Sanders
4Kerry Taylor
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Marcedes Lewis
2Clay Harbor
3Brandon Barden
4D.J. Tialavea
5Reggie Jordan
K1Josh Scobee