Alan Branch talks up Tarvaris Jackson

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The newest member of the Buffalo Bills has plenty of praise for the quarterback who spent all of the 2012 season at No. 3 on the depth chart.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch believes in Tarvaris Jackson.

The two men played together in Seattle, and Branch recently raved about Jackson after signing with the Bills.

“I’ll say this,” Branch told James Walker of ESPN.com.  “Tarvaris Jackson is one of the toughest competitors I’ve seen out there.  When he played when I was in Seattle, the guy was hurt in more than half the games and he kept playing.  He had us winning games, too.  We were in every single game.  It’s not like we ever got blew out.

“It was a rebuilding process for Seattle.  So Jackson didn’t have quite the tools Seattle had last year.  But the guy is tough as nails, smart and has a cannon for an arm.  Buffalo fans should definitely realize that they got some stature back there.”

The question is whether the front office realizes it.  The Bills have added Kevin Kolb, and the team has made no secret of its interest in a rookie quarterback.

If the Bills add another quarterback via one of the first two or three rounds, it’s believed that Jackson and Kolb will be battling for the same spot on the depth chart.  It’s obvious who Branch thinks deserves to win the job.

37 responses to “Alan Branch talks up Tarvaris Jackson

  1. Branch has good points. T-Jack was tough, playing through a torn pec, and there was one flaw in his game that prevented him from quarterbacking a playoff team, going 0-6 in 4th quarter drives to win or tie.

  2. T-JAX would be a decent QB if he already had a lot of talent around him. Kolb would be good if he stops getting injured. But come Week 1, the starter will likely be Geno or Nassib.

  3. “He had us winning games, too. We were in every single game. It’s not like we ever got blew out.”

    The defense and lynch had nothing to do with this. It was all T Jack. Thank god Branch cleared that up.

  4. Speaking as a Seahawk fan, I’d say TJ is tough as nails, fast on his feet, and can make the throws. But he doesn’t show great accuracy or anticipation. Good back-up, but not a long-term starter. That’s what the Seahawks (and their fans) concluded, anyway.

  5. Replace Tarvaris Jackson’s name with Ryan Fitzpatrick and it still all works. We don’t want to be “in games” anymore. We want to win. That’s it. Jackson can’t do that for us or any other teams he’s played for. He’s had his chance and now he needs to be happy as a back up. We need a winner. Plus please also remember this is a 3rd string defender talking up a 2nd string QB.

  6. Seahawk fan here so no homer. Buffalo will finish 2nd if jackson starts. spiller and johnson is more than enough to help support tjax talent and that defense is also good.

  7. The Kolb signing is pure smoke. Buffalo is hoping some other team jumps ahead and grabs Geno or Barkley so that Milliner or Lane Johnson falls to them in round 1. More likely they will trade down and add picks and then draft Bray or Renfree with one of their 2nd rounders.

  8. T-Jack really isn’t as god awful as the media tries to portray him as. But I know better than to expect most of you sheep on here to actually form your own conclusions.

  9. Look at it this way buffalo. TJack gets replaced and you guys get into the playoffs. Vikings replace him with Favre, playoffs. Seahawks replace him with wilson, playoffs. Suffer through the thought of tjack being a qb for your team and you get paid off in the end.

  10. I read a post earlier about Jackson and was going to make a comment along the same lines as Branch. Fans come on and say he is terrible (doubt some really watch) but he is very serviceable back up. He does have a big arm and can hit the deep ball but is not accurate in tight spaces or across the middle. Doesn’t have much speed but mobile enough to pick up a few first downs with his legs. If given a chance I can see him beating Kolb.

  11. Be excited Bills fans, expect him to hang onto the ball at least 15 seconds just enough time to get sacked or have 100 3 and outs in a game!

  12. The Seahawks were never blown out with TJax playing? I’m a Hawks Fan, and admittedly without checking the score, I’m pretty sure Week 2 of the ’11 Season in Pittsburgh was a total blowout.

  13. Seahawks need a backup for russell Wilson now that Matt Flynn is gone. John Clayton says Tyler thigpen, who was a Bills backup last year, may be who they sign. But I could also see T-Jack coming back to Seattle to backup Wilson. Seems like a good fit. While Branch kinda overstates what Tavaris did here, Tavaris did play w/ torn pec muscle in 2011, branch does make good point about his toughness.

    Rather have him come back here than get Tebow……

  14. Yeah, T-Jack was “tough” in Seattle.

    Unfortunately, he went 0-6 in close games. Had 6 chances to win a game late. But he would throw the ball out of bounds on 4th down, or fumble it away.

    So yeah, he was tough. Unfortunately, that’s all he was. He definitely wasn’t “good.”

    And I spent $4000 for the privilege (season tix) to sit there and watch that barf-fest, so please spare us the pep talk, Branch.

  15. No denying T-Jack is tough as nails. Played through pain nearly every game. Throwing with a torn pec must have HURT. Unfortunately, a torn pec doesn’t explain away his poor decision making, his unwillingness to throw the ball into tight windows and trust his WR to make a play, and his inability to see the play developing. Seems to be a great guy and team mate, but he just isn’t a long term answer as a starter.

  16. Not sure anyone ever questioned his toughness. Just if he’s actually a good quarterback.

  17. They added Kolb so they could take a lineman in the first round and Nassib in the second. Jackson……….insurance policy.

  18. Yes, Jackson has shown that he can play…….. but can’t win consistantly. Kolb starts, Jackson is back-up and a good game manager rookie holds the clipboard and learns. Barkley? Glennon? Available in the 2nd or 3rd after Bills take a WR or O-Lineman with the 8th overall pick.

  19. T Jack has all the skills and the faith of a coach who bet his career on him, and lost by the way. The guy could pass, run, hand off to AP. He had it all except one thing. The same thing that will kill him in Buffalo as it did in Seattle and Minnehopulos: He can’t read defenses.

    Defensive coachs learned that if your players are moving around, especially the d backs, it drove him crazy. Its his achiles heel. He could never figure where they would be and how the play was going to develop.
    Interception city or eating the ball city.

  20. One poster mentions playoffs after th season if starting. Correction. Playoffs in 2008 when he replaced gus and he had comeback wins to get team in playoffs as well as having 118 wb rating in december games which are most important. Only peyton had a better wb rating during that period. Jackson just needs a coach who will give him time in the system. I think he can be a pro bowl qb. I have watched him since his rookie season in 2006. He will be a better option than kolb.

  21. One poster mentions playoffs after th season if starting. Correction. Playoffs in 2008 when he replaced gus and he had comeback wins to get team in playoffs as well as having 118 wb rating in december games which are most important. Only peyton had a better qb rating during that period. Jackson just needs a coach who will give him time in the system. I think he can be a pro bowl qb. I have watched him since his rookie season in 2006. He will be a better option than kolb.

  22. One poster mentions playoffs after the season after starting. Correction. Playoffs in 2008 when he replaced gus and he had comeback wins to get team in playoffs as well as having 118 qb rating in december games which are most important. Only peyton had a better qb rating during that period. Jackson just needs a coach who will give him time in the system. I think he can be a pro bowl qb. I have watched him since his rookie season in 2006. He will be a better option than kolb.

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