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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Articles tagged: Tyvon Branch

Each NFL team’s best defensive player so far

Von Miller

Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, several popular names still lead the fray when it comes to defensive production. However, key injuries to superstars like J.J. Watt have created a void that has been filled by some surprising players, many of whom are having career years.

Here’s a look at each NFL team’s best defensive player so far in 2017.

Arizona Cardinals — Tyvon Branch, S

There are a lot of talented defenders on Arizona’s roster, but through six weeks, it’s hard to argue that Tyvon Branch — who has been called a “wolverine” complement to the “honey badger” — isn’t the very best. He not only leads the team and is tied for the league lead with 55 tackles, but he’s also defended four passes, forced a fumble and was named to the Pro Football Focus First Quarter All-Pro Team. Branch getting the nod says a lot about his impact this season when you consider Arizona also has Chandler Jones and his six sacks.

Atlanta Falcons — Deion Jones, LB

Deion Jones has filled out the box score this year, leading the Falcons with 38 tackles. He’s also recorded a sack, three passes defended and an interception. Jones is also among Pro Football Focus’ top 15 graded linebackers this season, alongside teammate De’Vondre Campbell, who has also landed very high grades for Atlanta. Jones is blossoming well for Atlanta in his second NFL season.


Cardinals place Chris Johnson, Tyvon Branch on injured reserve


The Arizona Cardinals were upset by the Los Angeles Rams over the weekend, but the game isn’t the only thing they lost.

The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch would both be placed on injured reserve (IR) after each suffered groin injuries on Sunday.

One of the two players could return provided they sit out the minimum of eight weeks, but Arizona offered no additional insight into which, if either, that might be. Rather, head coach Bruce Arians remained focused on the players he does have available on the 53-man roster and who will step into those roles.

David Johnson will remain the team’s No. 1 running back, while Andre Ellington now takes over as the primary back-up.

“Andre just takes those snaps,” Arians said. “We’ll continue to keep a good rotation.”

Chris Johnson had gained 95 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries this season, while Branch had collected 23 tackles and two passes defensed.

The Cardinals will take on the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 5 matchup on Thursday Night Football.