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Closer look at Alan Branch's contract

The following is a closer look at the two-year contract signed by defensive tackle Alan Branch with the New England Patriots, based on information currently available: Term: Two years Maximum value: $6.6 million Signing bonus: $700,000 2015 base salary: $1.2 million 2015 roster bonus: $400,000 ($25,000 per game on the roster) 2015 playing time incentives: …

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What Alan Branch brings the Patriots

At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, veteran Alan Branch brought size and an element of power to the interior of the new england patriots defense in 2014 after he was signed on Oct. 29. Specifically, he was usually the third defensive tackle in a three-man rotation with Vince Wilfork (6-2, 325) and Sealver Siliga (6-2, 325), …

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State of the Patriots' defensive line

The New England Patriots are remaining patient in free agency, but they need to address the defensive line this offseason as there is a gaping hole in the middle. Departures: Vince Wilfork, Alan Branch, Akeem Ayers. The Patriots made the right move in releasing Wilfork. His $8 million cap hit for a 33-year-old nose tackle …

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Countdown to Combine: New England Patriots DT

A closer look at the areas the new england patriots could address in the draft. Our second installment Tuesday takes a look at the defensive line, which is scheduled to work out Sunday in Indianapolis. Position of need: Defensive tackle. Captain Vince Wilfork remains a rock in the middle and while he’s still effective, he’s …

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Former Seahawk Alan Branch fired up

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch faces his former team in Super Bowl XLIX, a storyline which had reporters approaching him Thursday in the locker room. To Branch, it pales in comparison to the big picture. ā€œI don’t need extra motivation just for the fact that it’s the Super Bowl,ā€ Branch …

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Alan Branch excited to face former team

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Alan Branch was talking to two reporters earlier this week about longevity in the NFL as a burly defensive tackle, saying, “For a big fella, I feel like it’s different, for sure. Every play you’re actually hitting somebody. There is never a play you’re not being touched.” At that point, cornerback Kyle …

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'A lot of good snaps' from DT Alan Branch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick’s weekly breakdown of plays following a victory, on Patriots.com, highlighted strong work on offense, defense and special teams ā€“ a fitting recap because last Sunday’s win over the Lions was a complete-team effort. Alan Branch showing up. A sack in the first quarter (7:27) showed how the combination of good …

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Patriots' fourth-quarter review: Alan Branch carving out role at DT

Picked-up pieces from fourth-quarter review of the New England Patriots’ win over the Detroit Lions: 1. At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, defensive tackle Alan Branch can be tough to move in the running game and he also has some power to him from a pass-rush perspective. He showed another aspect of his skills — his …

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Patriots' defensive snaps: Alan Branch rises

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Snaps played by new england patriots defenders in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions (penalties included; kneel-downs not included): DEFENSIVE TACKLE Vince Wilfork — 63 of 81 Chris Jones — 46 of 81 Alan Branch — 29 of 81 Quick-hit thoughts: It has been a steady progression for Branch, who played 12 …

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Patriots' fourth-quarter review: Alan Branch adds size up front

Picked-up pieces from fourth-quarter review of the Patriots##Q## 42-20 win over the Colts: 1. After playing 12 defensive snaps in his debut against Denver, free-agent defensive tackle Alan Branch played 15 against Indianapolis. He showed up several times in the running game and was the heart of the wall built on second-and-goal from the 1 …

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Patriots football journey: DT Alan Branch

By Mike Reiss FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive lineman Alan Branch might be in his eighth NFL season, which still surprises him. “I##Q##m a kid from New Mexico,” Branch said. “And New Mexicans usually don##Q##t get out of New Mexico. … They kind of get there and have the same friends all their …

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