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01-16-2012, 04:17 PM
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I'm hoping the Eagles make a play for Tyvon Branch in free agency. He's exactly what they need on the back end: an intimidating, hard-hitting safety (also happens to be one of the most sure tacklers in the league) who plays with the type of ferociousness that rubs off on the rest of the defense. In other words, a Brian Dawkins-like presence. Branch has been one of the league's most underrated players (not just safeties) for a few years now, and I actually thought he was arguably the best free safety in all of football last season. I also think his style and personality would mesh very well with this city.

Branch is best suited as an in-the-box safety and plays his best down near the line of scrimmage. Though he's skewered for his coverage abilities, in the Raiders games I've watched I've come away feeling his deficiencies in that area are exaggerated. Is coverage one of Branch's strengths? No, but he's not deplorable at it either.

Also, Joe/Howie/Andy, sign London Fletcher, please.

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