Patriots DT Alan Branch still sounds peeved with lack of playing time

New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch sounds resigned to the reality that his fate is in the hands of coach Bill Belichick.

For years, that’s been a good thing for Branch. The former second-round pick saw his career revived in New England after bouncing between the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

He played an anchoring role on a defense that won a pair of championships and landed a two-year, $8.45 million contract in the offseason for his services. However, he’s played in 21 snaps or fewer in every week since Week 2 and was a healthy scratch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And that very clearly bothers the veteran.

“I control what I can control,” Branch said according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I go out there and practice, and (Bill Belichick) makes the decision. The reasons why, I don’t know.

“That’s the only thing I can say. If you want to know the reason, you’ve got to ask the person that makes the choice. That’s all I can say.

“Not playing, yeah, you get upset.”

Belichick has been relatively tight-lipped on Branch’s playing time, per usual. He’s claimed that playing time decisions on a week-by-week basis are made in a vacuum based on matchups.

So, until Branch is needed to help plug against the run, there could be more time on the pine or possibly even another scratch in his future. And it’ll be interesting to see how Branch reacts if that continues to be the case.

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