The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Andre Branch, first and foremost, as an edge rusher, hoping to put some spark into what last season was one of the NFL's most ineffective pass rushers.
So far, the Jaguars are getting even more than they bargained for from the former Clemson All-American and 2011 ACC sacks leader.
"He’s been playing pretty well," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told BigCatCountry.com - a website covering Jaguars' football. "He’s really playing well and really done very good in the run game as well.
"When you have guys that come off the edge with some speed you always have concern about the run game whether they can hold up against the big tackles and things. I think for being a rookie and being thrown right into this starting lineup like that I think he’s done really well. I think he’s going to just keep getting better."
At this point, Branch is projected as a starting defensive end opposite veteran Jeremy Mincey.
Dawson Zimmerman Cut By Falcons: Former Clemson punter Dawson Zimmerman is looking for be picked up by another NFL after being cut last week by his hometown Atlanta Falcons.
Zimmerman, who was just honored by the ACC as Clemson's top scholar athlete for the 2011-12 school year, punted in two exhibition games and averaged 47.6 yards on five kicks before being cut.
Zimmerman was projected as a long shot to make the final roster of the Falcons, who a year ago drafted punter Matt Bosher.
Also, Thomas Austin was recently released by the Houston Texans, while Mo Fountain was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.
8 Teams have Multiple Tigers: Nearly 30 former Tigers are still in NFL training camps. Eight teams have more than one Clemson player: Dwayne Allen and Kavell Conner with the Indianapolis Colts, Crezdon Butler and Nick Eason with the Arizona Cardinals, Jamie Cumbie and Jacoby Ford with the Oakland Raiders; Charlie Whitehurst and Marcus Gilchrist with the San Diego Chargers, C.J. Spiller and Chris Hairston with the Buffalo Bills, Jamie Harper and Coty Sensabaugh wth the Tennessee Titans, Leroy Hill and Byron Maxwell with the Seattle Seahawks, and Barry Richardson and Dorell Scott with the St. Louis Rams.