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Branch shines, Campbell sputters for Cardinals

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

Granted, it has been four years. But we hear the Cardinals are hardly complaining about how long it has taken DE Alan Branch to live up to the billing they expected when they traded up to get him at the top of the second round in the 2006 draft. "He's finally showing why they made that move," one team insider said of Branch, who had his best game as a Cardinal with two sacks, four QB hits and a forced fumble in Week Seven. "He's finally getting it. He's really keeping his weight down and providing steady penetration." It's been a much different story, however, for struggling starting DE Calais Campbell, who talked about registering double-digit sacks this past offseason but has only two entering Week Nine. "The way he looked this summer, we thought he could be as good or better than (Darnell) Dockett," the insider said. "But he has been a disappointment. Poor technique — playing too high — has hurt him in run situations."

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