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Branch fired up about being healthy, new-look Raiders defense

Strong safety Tyvon Branch is back doing the thing he loves most after spending last season chasing a vision that never materialized.
Branch suffered an ankle injury in the Raiders second game and worked feverishly to return to the field, where he is regarded as the defensive leader.
“I thought I was going to be able to play the last couple of weeks,” Branch said Monday. “But just getting out there, I knew I couldn’t go out there and perform at the level I wanted to. And coach saw that when I got back. He told me to shut it down.”
Instead, Branch’s long, grueling rehab won’t pay dividends until this season.
At least he now knows that the hard part is over. He cleared a major hurdle two weeks ago when he participated in a full-team practice for the first time since his injury in mid-September.
“I really didn’t know I was all the way back until OTAs, just getting back on the field,” Branch said. “There’s nothing you can do to simulate football.”
Once Branch felt comfortable on the field, he shifted his focus toward getting acclimated to a slew of new faces.
It’s likely that six of the 11 starters on defense will be new this season. Also, Branch got in only two games with returners Charles Woodson, Kevin Burnett, DJ Hayden, Nick Roach, Sio Moore and Pat Sims.
So far, Branch said he likes what he sees. In fact, he said this defense has the makings to be one of the best he has played for in his seven NFL seasons.
“There’s a lot of winners on our defense, a lot of guys that have had a lot of success. Guys like (Justin) Tuck and (LaMarr) Woodley. There’s a lot of great defensive players out there.”
In particular, Branch said he is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Woodson for a whole season.
Woodson’s experience and playmaking ability makes life easier on Branch because, as Branch said, that’s one fewer player he has to worry about keeping tabs on from down to down.
“We both play very similar,” Branch said. “He’s more of a ball hawk than I am but I’m more of a hitter than he is, so we balance each other out. We do things differently but we’re very versatile.”

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  • plunkhead

    I like Uruguay and Chile. That would be awesome if the Urugs defeated Brazil in the finals agin

  • Goldie7

    I like, Inside the Oakland Raiders new look! I had to do a double take because I thought that I was on the wrong site. Thanks Cork, good looking out!

  • Raider O

    My favorite soccer teams:
    1- Argentina
    2- Italia
    3- Germany
    4- Nigeria
    5- Cameroon

  • Raider O

    It would be better if Argentina beats them.
    Ole….
    Ole…

  • RaiderDirt

    New page setup…

    Besides my name being printed in Red..

    I like dowloads faster..

    One Nation

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Are you going to be our kickball ambassador for the WC again?…

  • PlunkforHOF

    It was press day for the week…

  • Raider O

    I hope so.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Just noticed IBA is getting legit ads on this page..Instead of: “Meet single asian girls, click here.” Or..Kane & Associates Real Estate…

  • plunkhead

    I never stopped

  • The Big Banana

    If you consider SPAM Teriyaki legit…

  • The Big Banana

    Much faster. Saw people complaining earlier. Some folks love to complain.

  • plunkhead

    I am actually learning to appreciate the game. I can tell which team is winning and why and I like the fast pace, 90 minute games.
    It is actually very “beautiful” when a team runs around others with the “triangle”

  • DutchRaid

    Holmes?

  • plunkhead

    Why Argentina?

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Cool…I found myself watching some Premier League while having my coffee this year…I’m slowly coming around to it…

  • SnBG

    Glad that Meet Asian Girls stuff is gone. Made the site cheap. So where is the Raider Shield?

  • plunkhead

    Haren must be smoking hippie lettuce again

  • SnBG

    We are not the Chiefs, why the red?

  • SnBG

    No Raider Shield and red. BS.

  • the super genius dr robert

    My fav soccer teams:

    1) none

  • plunkhead

    See those ducks in the outfield in Cincinnati?

  • SnBG

    I just can’t get into Soccer,(Football), They don’t score fast enough. If I’m going to watch guys running back and forth on a field I’ll watch Basketball.

  • SnBG

    Cork and Jerry. Give us black print for our names and put the shield back at the top.

  • plunkhead

    Bummer
    8. The offense seemed flat in practice and receivers Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes, in particular, had some bad drops, while the quarterbacks also seemed off target at times.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yup..

    What I love about soccer is that it isnt any like football, and like about football is that it isnt any like soccer.

    in football, the players are chess-pieces doing a stop’n'go drill where the coach each play can adjust his players. players using an elegant form of violence and avoidance..

    whereas in soccer the coach has a plan before game can adjust with a halftime adjustment and 3 substitutions. Hoping his players are intelligent enough to do the adjustments by them self during the game. And talented enough to fulfill the plan the coached have cooked.

    I like with soccer that when you sit down to watch the game you know its done 1hour 45min later.. no commercial within the half..

  • Raider O

    It started with my live for Diego M and hate for Brazil. I also think Messi is a little beast.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yeah, I remember, still cant fathom why anybody would root for italy..

  • JOn Wooah

    Nobody is saying that u dork. Im talking pro bowls here.

  • Back-N-Black

    Catering a BBQ for 100 people this weekend. Can’t wait to fire up the pit and get the briskets going. I hope to make the trip from Texas to a Raiders home game one of these days and tailgate with some Tejas BBQ and Corona…

  • marks hair

    Trying to bbq right now.. so hot outside im having to open it every few mins to keep the temp right.

  • _Mista_

    Learn how to use a BBQ grill.

  • _Mista_

    Maybe the admin cleaned this loony bin up all the tr0lls and squatter’s are missing.

  • marks hair

    He says immediately after trolling

  • _Mista_

    Thats trolling?
    lol….thats almost as funny as you not knowing how to use a BBQ grill.

  • Howard Benner

    Hob ’bout Negra Modelo or Pacifico instead of “cough, cough” Corona. . .

    The Mexicans laugh @ gringos for drinking that pi$$ water stuff. . .It’s poser watered down gringo -Mexican Beer. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Uh, basketball isn’t played on a field. . .this just in. . .

    I think they refer to the playing surface as a “court!?”

    Just stick to the :back & forth” reference. . .

  • Back-N-Black

    you using a grill or a smoker?

  • marks hair

    Grill. Had to turn off a burner and move my chicken around, but it came out perfect..