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Alan Branch

Alan Branch - DT

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 6"/ 325 lbs.
Birthday 12/29/1984
Birthplace Albuquerque, NM
College Michigan
Years played 7
Drafted 2007, 2nd round, 1st pick by Cardinals

Now we know contenders, pretenders

Posted Oct. 03, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m. ET
Week Four confirmed much of what we had suspected, including that the Lions are for real and Calvin Johnson is the NFL's most dominant player.

Wilson helps lead young Bills into new territory

Posted Sept. 30, 2011 @ 3:22 a.m. ET
Bills starting S George Wilson talked to PFW about some of the reasons for Buffalo's early success.

Scout's Notebook: Bills TE Scott Chandler

Posted Sept. 28, 2011 @ 2:35 p.m. ET
PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki breaks down Bills TE Scott Chandler, an early-season standout for the surprising Bills.

McFadden highlights AFC Players of Week

Posted Sept. 28, 2011 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
Darren McFadden, Ray Lewis and Rian Lindell were named AFC Players of the Week for Week Three.

Bills add CB Wheatley to active roster

Posted Sept. 27, 2011 @ 4:06 p.m. ET
The Bills have promoted CB Terrence Wheatley to their 53-man roster and released TE David Martin.

Shorts and Shells: Week Three

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 3:59 a.m. ET
We discuss the 36-minute madness at the end of the early Sunday games; a look at the Vikings' third straight collapse; the amazing Bills; and much more.

Schwartz, Gailey bring swagger

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 2:46 a.m. ET
Structural overhauls could allow Jim Schwartz and Chan Gailey to bring the Lions and Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Bills rally to beat Patriots for first time since 2003

Posted Sept. 25, 2011 @ 5 p.m. ET
WR Stevie Johnson scored the Bills' first touchdown in helping Buffalo rally from a 21-0 deficit on its way to a stunning 34-31 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

Patriots-Bills prediction

Posted Sept. 25, 2011 @ 11:47 a.m. ET
The Patriots will have a battle on their hands in Orchard Park, but PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain predicts them to escape with a win in a shootout.

Playoff football a distant memory for these teams

Posted Sept. 25, 2011 @ 3:16 a.m. ET
Teams with the longest current playoff droughts include the Bills, whose last postseason action, in the '99 season, was ended by the "Music City Miracle."

Patriots-Bills matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Sept. 24, 2011 @ 2:19 p.m. ET
Patriots rookie ORT Nate Solder gets his second start against the Bills and will have to keep the pass rush off Tom Brady like he did in Week One.

Patriots-Bills matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Sept. 23, 2011 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
The Raiders and Chiefs struggled to put pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first two games. The Patriots' D-ends should be able to win one-on-one battles with Buffalo's tackles.

No surprise to see Nelson step up in Buffalo

Posted Sept. 23, 2011 @ 4:20 p.m. ET
Bills WR David Nelson caught the game-winning touchdown in Week Two and it's no surprise to see him emerge as the team's No. 2 target.

Patriots-Bills matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Sept. 21, 2011 @ 3:36 p.m. ET
The Patriots' defense will have to keep a pair of talented Bills backs in check in the run game and in the flats.

Patriots-Bills matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Sept. 20, 2011 @ 7:35 p.m. ET
The Patriots have given up a lot of passing yards this season and need to get some pressure on Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.


Posted July 29, 2011
The Seattle Seahawks have bolstered their defensive line after reaching a deal with Branch.||||||| Branch has played in all 32 games at nose tackle the past two seasons for Arizona. Last season, Branch made three starts and recorded a career-high 35 tackles.
Posted Sept. 07, 2007
According to the Arizona Republic, Branch has a fractured left hand and won't play Monday night against San Francisco.||||||| Branch, the Cardinals' backup nose tackle, will be re-evaluated Tuesday. Gabe Watson remains the starting nose tackle, and Rodney Bailey will take over as the No. 2.
Posted July 25, 2007
The Cardinals agreed to terms Wednesday with Branch, a second-round draft pick, on a four-year contract.||||||| The defensive tackle out of Michigan was chosen No. 33 overall and is the fourth draftee signed by Arizona this year. The Cardinals report to training camp Friday in Flagstaff with the first practice set for Sunday.