Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bills' new DT Branch 'fits every single spot' on line


The Buffalo Bills added defensive tackle Alan Branch Tuesday to its front rotation alongside the likes of Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

Branch, who stands at 6-foot-6 and around 325 pounds, is a prime candidate to man the middle of the line. However, he's not limiting his expectations to the interior. (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Flickr)

"I fit every single spot on the defensive front," the former Seattle Seahawk said Tuesday, according to Mark Gaugan of The Buffalo News. "I have experience playing every single spot they have on this team.

"I’ve played defensive end, nose and the 3-technique. So wherever they want me to be, basically I’ll be there."

That attitude fits in with what new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will have in store for Buffalo's front-seven, as he used a hybrid, multiple look when heading the New York Jets' squad and promised to do the same across the state.

Regardless of his specific role, Branch will help bolster a run defense that was absolutely deplorable last season.

Branch started 35 games over the last two years in Seattle, 63 tackles, four sacks and four passes defensed in the process. He spent his first four years in the league with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tuesday, Buffalo also had tight end Dorin Dickerson sign his tender.

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