One of the Raiders’ key defensive starters is reportedly back in good form after a broken right fibula ended his 2013 season after just two games.
Strong safety Tyvon Branch told Syracuse.com the experience of missing most of last season “made me a lot hungrier.”
“I just want to get back to where I once was,” Branch told Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey in a story published Tuesday.
Branch, who was in his hometown of Syracuse for a football camp, told the publication that he’s “moving around good now” after rehabilitating the injury, which occurred in the Raiders’ Week Two win vs. Jacksonville last September.
The 27-year-old Branch signed a four-year contract with Oakland in 2012 that included $17.6 million in guaranteed money, per Rotoworld.com data. He has recorded more than 100 tackles in a season on three occasions (2009-2011). Branch and Charles Woodson are the starting safeties for Oakland, which was aggressive in free agency after a 4-12 mark a season ago.