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Tyvon Branch says he’s healthy after missing almost all of 2013

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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.

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33 Responses to “Tyvon Branch says he’s healthy after missing almost all of 2013”
  1. raiderssf says: Jul 1, 2014 3:32 PM

    Tyvon is a good dude! I am hoping he has a monster year.

  2. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 1, 2014 3:35 PM

    Best safety in the league Thomas and Troy are system players

  3. raiderjo55 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:38 PM

    This will help out More than any of the free agent signings. This guy is a Pro Bowl Caliber safety and still young!

  4. raidermick3sb3rings says: Jul 1, 2014 3:47 PM

    Speaking of young – Darren McFadden is only 26, that s right, only 26yrs old. The reason this highly talented RB was down in stats the last couple of years was because he changed his cleats to black. when he wore white cleats he tore it up…Just sayin’

    Having Tyvon back is truly epic!!!

    Late…

  5. jjackwagon says: Jul 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    Sorry…you still play for Oakland. Ergo, you’ll never get back to where you once were.
    And he is only one year younger than Brandon Flowers, so if Flowers is old, Branch is old (although well rusted after sitting out for a year).

  6. raiderjo55 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    27 years old is still young. Especially considering he is going into his 7th season. And a season off can also be a good thing. He will be fresh and ready to lead that secondary. He is a monster hitter with 4.3 speed. I have extremely high hopes for him this year!

  7. sickoe47 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:12 PM

    If branch manages to stay healthy the entire year, this secondary can be one of the best in the league. With free agent signings of carlos rodgers and terrell brown and rookies keith mcgill, Jonathan dowling tj carrie the passing offenses in the AFC west better beware. Oakland is a no fly zone.

  8. babygaga19 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM

    I have to laugh. The Raiders are back? Are you kidding me?

    You have the worst qb in the NFL from the worst team, no running game, no offensive line…….dudes, you are a joke. Man, get straight with yourself.

  9. humb0lt says: Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM

    He still plays for the Raiders. There’s no cure for that.

  10. militantgod says: Jul 1, 2014 4:35 PM

    Branch has pretty much been a disappointed. Whoever said he was the best safety in the NFL is clearly delusional. For a guy who played CB in college, he’s coverage skills is lacking. Very sound tackler but not a playmaker at all. Hopefully C-Wood has taught him a few things in the year he’s been around.

  11. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 1, 2014 5:06 PM

    you can be assured that certain haters who have multiple usernames will always respond to raider threads with their raider hater nonsense, because very few respond to their team threads.

    It must be lonely for you haters.

    Glad to see what Branch and C-wood can do together……

  12. nannymcsack says: Jul 1, 2014 5:22 PM

    Devin McCourty

  13. tahnoonzee says: Jul 1, 2014 5:28 PM

    he’s the weakest link and will get weaker.

  14. Ed Bandell says: Jul 1, 2014 5:39 PM

    I think we have witnessed from the Washington Redskins method of doing things that spending a ton of cash in free agency doesn’t build you a winning team.

    Seems to me the best teams draft and develop the best talent and supplement their deficiencies through free agency or trades. They don’t try to build their entire core through free agency.

    I’m not saying it won’t work, but I have my doubts. The Raiders haven’t been relevant since Tony Siragusa bellyflopped on Rich Gannon.

  15. r8rsfan says: Jul 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM
    I have to laugh. The Raiders are back? Are you kidding me?

    You have the worst qb in the NFL from the worst team, no running game, no offensive line…….dudes, you are a joke. Man, get straight with yourself.
    ——————
    From a guy who call’s himself baby gaga. YOU man, should get straight with yourself.

  16. p4hbiz says: Jul 1, 2014 6:05 PM

    Stand up guy on the best team in the NFL.

  17. montrealraider says: Jul 1, 2014 6:54 PM

    Good not great player. Very happy to see him back.

  18. tinbender2000 says: Jul 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    That poor humbolt gal has to troll here, notice there’s a Chargers article about once every two months? Yep, they suck that bad.

  19. raiderapologist says: Jul 1, 2014 9:54 PM

    slumb0lt says: Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM

    He still plays for the Raiders. There’s no cure for that.
    —————-
    You know, you don’t have to live with low self-esteem. A qualified mental health professional can make a difference in your life. Act now, before it’s too late.

  20. raiderapologist says: Jul 1, 2014 9:58 PM

    jjackwagon says: Jul 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    Sorry…you still play for Oakland. Ergo, you’ll never get back to where you once were.
    ————-
    The Chiefs haven’t been back to were they once were since 1970. They haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years. Sorry, your team has less success than Oakland.

  21. joetoronto says: Jul 1, 2014 10:16 PM

    This guy is everything Eric Weddle wants to be when he grows up.

  22. skolisstupid says: Jul 1, 2014 10:53 PM

    Humbolt. 50 + years if San Diego charge less futility. Your franchise gas never done a thing. Keep running your mouth.

  23. nativeraider says: Jul 1, 2014 11:29 PM

    Im interested to see what he can do with a much improved front 7 in front of him. Maybe some picks.

  24. 34defense2014 says: Jul 1, 2014 11:32 PM

    Wow, the Raiders have some good players and that Dude when healthy is one of the best Safety’s in the League! Like be a real Football fan not a bunch of homers! And I’m not a Raiders fan but they do have some really, really good players!

  25. raiderfaninfontana says: Jul 1, 2014 11:57 PM

    100 tackles a year for three years straight makes Tyvon a playmaker in my book. Best strong safety in the NFL. Our RAIDER secondary is going to be a definite no fly zone this year. Look for CWood to take sole possession of the pick six title, and Tyvon to take it to the house 3+ times this year! With these two, the veterans brought in and this year’s rookie class, the AFC West, and the whole league will learn once again to fear the Mighty Oakland RAIDERS!

  26. icebowler says: Jul 2, 2014 12:02 AM

    Ed Bandell says:
    Jul 1, 2014 5:39 PM

    I think we have witnessed from the Washington Redskins method of doing things that spending a ton of cash in free agency doesn’t build you a winning team.

    Seems to me the best teams draft and develop the best talent and supplement their deficiencies through free agency or trades. They don’t try to build their entire core through free agency.

    ———————————————————-

    You’re misguided. They didn’t spend “a ton of cash”. The free agents they signed are just a stop gap measure. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Reggie knows what he’s doing. Give him time! They’re not trading away draft picks like they did before him, but their young guys do need some semblance of team structure in order to develop. Remember when Seattle was a bottom feeder before a Packer VP took over five years ago? Reggie has the same draft and develop philosophy, but it takes more than two or three years. Be patient Raider fans and you might just get the chance get revenge for Super Bowl II.

  27. blackbeard43 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:42 AM

    Just play the effing game. Don’t wanna hear it.

  28. babygaga19 says: Jul 2, 2014 4:12 AM

    Branch is irrelevant. With or without him, the Raiders still stink.

  29. therealtruth210 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:24 AM

    humb0lt says:
    Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM

    He still plays for the Raiders. There’s no cure for that.

    _______________________________

    how many Super Bowls do the Chargers have? loser

  30. therealtruth210 says: Jul 2, 2014 7:27 AM

    should be a law that fans who root for a team should not be able to talk about any other team if there team does not have more Super Bowl victories. That would make 3/4 of the losers on here go away

  31. sicklnick121 says: Jul 2, 2014 8:06 AM

    We could have a decade of losing and still be more relevant then 95% of the league. Schaub will have a better year for us then he had ever had with the Texans and Kubiak’s horrible play calling. Our defense is going to be right up there with Seattle’s, we have great pass rush now and I think a better secondary then them. We have the right mix of vets and young players. We split with denver and sweep the rest of our division. Heard it here first

  32. dumbolt says: Jul 2, 2014 11:07 AM

    CHOO CHOO…THE SUPER BOWL EXPRESS IS BACK FOR THE SUMMER TOOTING HIS HORN, BEFORE THE TRAIN GETS DERAILED YET ONCE AGAIN AS IT “ALWAYS” HAS.. BY WEEK FOUR HE WILL DISAPPEAR UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SUMMER SPEWING THE SAME NONSENSE.

  33. vipod4ever says: Jul 2, 2014 8:21 PM

    NFL Films Presents, “America’s Game, The (not_until_hell_freezes_over) San Diego Chargers”

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