Again, using the Miami Dolphins as my final article of the night, my music selection this week has been all over the place. Starting off with Sam Hunt, I then transitioned into not one, but two Power Rangers themes. However, for this article, we will come back to earth thanks to the now announced returns of wide receiver Kenny Stills and defensive end Andre Branch.
For this, I have chosen to gone with the Dropkick Murphys hit song, “The Boys are Back.” Why, because, truthfully, the boys are back. Seemingly against all odds, the Miami Dolphins found a way to re-sign both Andre Branch and Kenny Stills to long term deals. Even better is the fact that Stills came for almost $4 million less than what some experts predicted.
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That said, I have a bone to pick with ESPN this week. Both the re-signing of Kenny Stills and Andre Branch were given scores of D+ or lower by their so-called expert. Why, well according to him, the team way overpaid for two replaceable players. You know, a player a like Stills that possesses his speed is just a dime a dozen anymore.
Andre Branch is also someone that we could pick up off any street corner. Granted, he did have a point about the Dolphins overpaying for Branch, but he is still an important piece of this team. Stepping up when the Mario Williams experiment officially imploded, Branch was someone who played at a solid level while also showing that he possesses a ton of talent.
Adding to this is the fact that both Branch and Stills played an extremely important role this past season. According to this guy, both were role players at best. I’m sorry, but he must have been watching a different game than me. Stills after all, recorded nine touchdown receptions last season due to his speed. While he isn’t a starter, he is in on all three receiver sets.
Branch is also someone that became an every down player for this team during the middle of last season. Paired with Cameron Wake at the defensive end position, Branch was excellent at keeping defenders focus. His play at times almost single handedly lead to some of Wake’s sacks. Calling both role players just really got under my skin. Really had to get that off my chest, thanks for listening. Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to bed.