Andre Branch is a capable pass-rusher with some potential. However, the 2012 second-rounder may not get many chances to showcase his skills in a suddenly very crowded rotation.
Not only did the Jags sign ex-Seattle Seahawks veteran Chris Clemons, they also brought back Jason Babin. But Branch has really been put on notice by the decision to select Chris Smith in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Smith is a classic 'tweener. He will never be confused for a prototypical 4-3 defensive end, and he perhaps carries too much mass to play regular outside linebacker in a 3-4.
But the 6'1", 266-pounder fits perfectly in the "Leo" role that is the focal point of Bradley's defensive front. As someone who can both put his hand down and stand up and rush, Smith will be a valuable part of the sub-package defense.
His presence means that Branch must make the most of any opportunities he gets in 2014. If he doesn't, then coaches are unlikely to believe he can join Smith as young successors to Clemons and Babin.