Alan Branch didn’t make Patriots trip to Tampa

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The Patriots have until around 7 p.m. to announce their inactives, but we know who one of them will be tonight, unless he’s walking.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, defensive tackle Alan Branch did not accompany the team to Tampa thus will not play tonight against the Buccaneers.

Branch wasn’t listed on this week’s injury report, which makes his absence a bit strange. They’re only carrying five defensive linemen on their active roster.

Like most of their other defensive players, he hasn’t performed to previous standards this year, as they’re last in the league on both yards and points allowed.

27 responses to “Alan Branch didn’t make Patriots trip to Tampa

  1. Trade coming….Very similar to previous years leaving guys behind. I wonder what happened for him to fall out of favor?

    Deal him off to an NFC team, please.

  2. Perhaps the Pats are throwing up a smokescreen. Sneak him down on another flight.

    If I was a coach, I would do that just to confuse the media. Imagine if BB did that with Brady. The media would explode, only to look foolish. LOL

  3. Snap counts have been down for him this year because of performance I assume. The Patriots just extended him so I’m sure they’re not happy with the fall off. Staying home is one-step away from out the door, either trade if they can swing one, or outright walking papers if this wake up call doesn’t change things.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:38 am
    Trade coming…
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    Or, more likely, message sending. He has 2 tackles in 4 games and has gone from 42 defensive snaps in game one to just 12 against the Panthers.

  5. “Perhaps the Pats are throwing up a smokescreen. Sneak him down on another flight.”

    Hilarious. Yeah the Pats just bought 2 tricked out 767s so they could fly someone down commercial or on a smaller private plane, right.

    SMH

    Sounds like Branch is done with the Pats unless this is a final warning that he better be working his rear end off next week.

  6. “This team is DONE. No playoffs this year. ”

    Says every Pats hater after every loss in the last 15 years. Have you learned nothing?

  7. Branch doesn’t ride the new plane, is he riding pine or did he just have a dentist appointment? If this is about performance to ride on the plane maybe Stephon Gilmore should be on the pine too… If it’s a copy cat league the Bucs will be using plenty of montion tonight, watch Gilmore when they motion a man in his direction his head will explode…

  8. With Rowe already ruled out Gimore can’t really ‘ride the pine’ much at all. Unless he totally implodes during the game (or gets hurt) he’ll probably end up playing over 95% of the defensive snaps.

  9. taintedsaints2009 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    This team is DONE. No playoffs this year. Heck they could finish last in their division.

    If I were a betting man I’d take that bet but in truth it’s looking more like 2009. Unless they get their schmidt together soon it’s academic.

  10. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:38 am
    Trade coming…
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    Or, more likely, message sending. He has 2 tackles in 4 games and has gone from 42 defensive snaps in game one to just 12 against the Panthers.

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    Right, but I have a hard time believing he’ll bounce back at his age like Sheard did last year when he got benched.

    Maybe.

    I would have liked to have seen Branch already do that when he wasn’t even starting.

    He got a new deal and they clearly haven’t liked the effort. At his age, with 2 rings now, I am just not sure he’ll have the incentive to bounce back.

  11. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    taintedsaints2009 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    This team is DONE. No playoffs this year. Heck they could finish last in their division.

    If I were a betting man I’d take that bet but in truth it’s looking more like 2009. Unless they get their schmidt together soon it’s academic.

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    LOL

    That team was rebuilding and transitioning. Meanwhile, this team is loaded, in particular on offense.

    The team’s 3rd WR in 2009 was Sam Aiken.

    Case closed.

    Don’t be fooled by some early season discombobulation on the back end here.

    The media has a tendency to dramatize ANYTHING perceptionally negative to the Pats for ratings purposes.

    They’ll leave out facts, contexts and logic, in order to pimp a story to make money off of it with clicks.

  12. floriosnuts says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    With Rowe already ruled out Gimore can’t really ‘ride the pine’ much at all. Unless he totally implodes during the game (or gets hurt) he’ll probably end up playing over 95% of the defensive snaps.

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    And, I expect a lot more press-man coverage in this game as well. They finally did that in the 4th qtr and they started getting stops vs Carolina. I still have no idea how you can botch the communication while taking the cheese that badly, but apparently you can.

  13. It always amazes me that people want to count out Tom Brady. Why? What reason has he ever given to do that? Bad defense? Had near the worst defense in 2011 and made the Super Bowl. That defense didn’t just have communication problems either, they stunk in the secondary.

    He is coming off a Super Bowl where he came back from 28-3 in the third quarter against a team that beat Green Bay and Seattle easily.

    Now you are doubting him from 2-2 when he has won 3 Super Bowls from 2-2 or worse?

    Not saying they don’t have problems, not saying they are guaranteed to win, but how can you ever count out Tom Brady unless he is mathematically eliminated. You just cant.

  14. “But every one said Gilmore was the problem!”

    No, everyone said Gilmore was one of the several problems. Defenses don’t get gashed the way the Pats have the first few games because a single player is the “problem”. Is there any Pats hater that doesn’t grossly exaggerate in any comment they make about the Pats?

    Gilmore is the main problem in the secondary. There are issues with LBs and the front 4 as well. Bill has some work to do whipping this group into shape because all 3 of those groups have issues.

  15. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    But every one said Gilmore was the problem!

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    Gilmore is A problem but THE problem is a bit more complex. The pass rush has been lame which is part of whats been making things tougher for the dbacks (only part though). This move can be either message sending or a trade. I lean toward the former. They have their hands full with this game with or without Branch. There was not time to fix all the issues evident last Sunday so they could very well be screwed having to just ride with the same bad defense. They are going to do that big push to fix it during the longer break after so maybe showing Branch how hard he needs to work during that stretch is a good move. Also what can be a message today can always become a roster move tomorrow if the message doesnt take.

  16. I just hope we don’t get rocked tonight. Bad enough the Bills lead the AFC east with a better record.

  17. skawh says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    just think, the Pats are a turnover or two not recovered in the Texas game in NE from being 1-3.
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    Well, that can be said of almost any game, and it cuts both ways. That Kansas game was 3 plays away from it being a Pat’s blowout.

    Panthers- if the hands to the face penalty on Gilmore isn’t called, chances are Brady scores to win the game- especially considering he just scored 2 consecutive touchdowns to tie the game.

    1 or 2 shoulda, woulda, coulda’s is all it takes to change the outcome of most NFL games.

  18. No, everyone said Gilmore was one of the several problems. Defenses don’t get gashed the way the Pats have the first few games because a single player is the “problem”. Is there any Pats hater that doesn’t grossly exaggerate in any comment they make about the Pats?

    Gilmore is the main problem in the secondary. There are issues with LBs and the front 4 as well. Bill has some work to do whipping this group into shape because all 3 of those groups have issues.

    For someone frequently painting with an infantile broad brush your concern over exaggerating haters is comical.

    Still very early to be concerned about the Pat’s and until they have lost four games they are ok….relax it’s not the end you are not prepared for yet.

  19. nflfan12blog says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    skawh says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    just think, the Pats are a turnover or two not recovered in the Texas game in NE from being 1-3.
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    Well, that can be said of almost any game, and it cuts both ways. That Kansas game was 3 plays away from it being a Pat’s blowout.
    Panthers- if the hands to the face penalty on Gilmore isn’t called, chances are Brady scores to win the game- especially considering he just scored 2 consecutive touchdowns to tie the game.
    1 or 2 shoulda, woulda, coulda’s is all it takes to change the outcome of most NFL games.

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    Coulda been 4-0
    Woulda been 1-3
    Shoulda been 3-1
    Are 2-2

  20. bullcharger says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    It always amazes me that people want to count out Tom Brady. Why? What reason has he ever given to do that? Bad defense? Had near the worst defense in 2011 and made the Super Bowl. That defense didn’t just have communication problems either, they stunk in the secondary.

    He is coming off a Super Bowl where he came back from 28-3 in the third quarter against a team that beat Green Bay and Seattle easily.

    Now you are doubting him from 2-2 when he has won 3 Super Bowls from 2-2 or worse?

    Not saying they don’t have problems, not saying they are guaranteed to win, but how can you ever count out Tom Brady unless he is mathematically eliminated. You just cant.

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    They base it on wishful thinking. The demise of the Pats has been predicted to some degree after literally every loss for many years. Who knows what this season holds. Early on here its hard to feel overly confident about a championship but history has shhown its still not out of the question. But they are far from all done. The guys saying that ate just talking out their backsides.

  21. This team is DONE. No playoffs this year. Heck they could finish last in their division.
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    I’ll take both those bets straight up. They’ll contend in the playoffs just like always.

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