What they got from Branch was another poor performance from a young defensive lineman expected to come in and make an immediate impact. Branch’s season came to an end on Tuesday when the Jaguars announced they had placed the rookie on the injured reserve list with a groin injury he suffered in practice last Friday.
Branch ended his season with only one sack, which is about the same as the rest of the Jaguars defensive line that struggled to get any pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. It is far too early to consider Branch a bust, however. Defensive end is one of the toughest positions in which to make the transition from college to the pros, so Branch still has a chance to live up to his high selection.
Having Branch step up his pass rush game in his second season would go a long way towards helping improve the Jaguars pass rush, which is currently last in the league in sacks.
The Jaguars also placed running back Jordan Todman on the injured reserve list and released wide receiver Quan Cosby during a busy day of roster moves. To fill the empty roster spots, the Jaguars signed wide receiver Mike Brown, linebacker Brandon Marshall and tight end Isaiah Stanback from their own practice squad.
This sort of mid-week roster tinkering has become the norm for the Jaguars during general manager Gene Smith’s tenure. The Jaguars have completed a mind boggling 88 roster moves since the start of the 2012 regular season.