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April 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham did not confirm the widespread belief that he will play outside linebacker for the Eagles this season. But it sounds as if he's preparing for a switch from defensive end to a stand-up pass rusher. Speaking on the second day of the Eagles' offseason program, Graham said he did not know what position he will play. Asked if he's inquired, he said that the team just started the program Monday and that he would have a better idea as minicamp approaches. "There's been a lot of talk about a lot of things," Graham said Tuesday.
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April 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
WHICH VERSION of Madonna is best, the Material Girl or the Kabbalah Mama? How about Cher: Sonny Bono's half-breed gypsy on horseback or Richie Sambora's scantily clad siren on the warship? Changing times and eroding taste long have forced talents from Jewel to Janet Jackson to recreate themselves. In less than a decade, the fickle fates of football have forced Brandon Graham to remake himself as often as any '80s pop diva. Those relaunches don't always work. Graham's career might not survive this overhaul.
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December 19, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham's locker is next to Fletcher Cox's locker. Cox said the two never discuss the link that defines the way both are viewed in Philadelphia, as former first-round picks so coveted that the Eagles traded up in the draft to get them. But it's an inescapable label. And it's one both have lived up to in recent games. A defensive end, Graham was the No. 13 overall selection in 2010. Cox, a defensive tackle, went 12th in 2012. They are the two highest picks the Eagles have made since 2000.
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November 6, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles activated defensive end Brandon Graham off the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list on Saturday and released guard Kyle DeVan to make room on their 53-man roster. The team had until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to make a decision on whether to active Graham before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. It appeared as if they would use all of their allotted time because of defensive end Juqua Parker's uncertain game-day status. Parker missed his second straight practice Saturday because of a high-ankle sprain and was listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.
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May 24, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he arrived here in 2010, Brandon Graham was all smiles, a cheery defensive end who promised to put quarterbacks in the dirt. Drafted 13th overall, Graham embraced the spotlight, the media and all the trappings that come with being a first-round pick. Two years later, Graham is most familiar with the flip side of being a top selection: pressure, scrutiny, high expectations and harsh criticism for falling short. Those realities all tail him as he enters a critical third season in the NFL, still trying to make his mark with the Eagles.
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June 14, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT'S BEEN almost a month since Brandon Graham called himself "a bust. " Back in May, amid a week of high-octane work in which he showed his old speed and a new, svelter frame, Graham said he was well aware of the tweets and social media taunts that have accompanied his long return from microfracture surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, and the stunning emergence of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was taken a few...
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July 28, 2013
The way Chip Kelly and Billy Davis have put it, the Eagles are going from one end of the spectrum to the other as they transition from the wide-nine, 4-3 defensive front to a two-gap 3-4. Where they stop along the scale will depend on several factors, but above all it will hinge on ex-4-3 defensive ends such as Trent Cole and Brandon Graham and their ability to adapt to becoming stand-up outside linebackers that can both pass-rush and drop into...
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August 1, 2012 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
BETHLEHEM — For Eagles fans, their names are inextricably tied. Like Martin and Lewis, Sonny and Cher, Mantle and Maris. Brandon Graham and Jason Pierre-Paul. "It used to bother me," said Graham, who the Eagles took over Pierre-Paul with the 13th pick in the 2010 draft. "But now, shoot, more power to him. He's doing a great job. Now it's time for me to get out there and hold up my end of the bargain and show why the Eagles brought me here. " Pierre-Paul, taken two picks after Graham by the Giants, had 16 1/2 sacks last season, was named first-team All-Pro and helped the Giants win their second Super Bowl title in 4 years.
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August 18, 2010
1. Domonic Brown of the Phillies 2. Evan Turner of the 76ers 3. Brandon Graham of the Eagles
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April 23, 2010
Brandon Graham Size: 6-foot-1, 268 pounds College: Michigan Position: DE Hometown: Detroit Crockett Technical How he fits: Although he could be moved to outside linebacker, coach Andy Reid said he expects him to play left end, opposite Trent Cole. College career: He was the first defensive player in school history voted the Bo Schembechler most valuable player two times (2008, 2009). . . . He was on the 2009 all-Big Ten first team as voted by coaches and media and was the team captain.
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June 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 165 hours each week last season, the life of Eagles linebacker Travis Long was not much different from that of the players on the active roster. He participated in every practice. He attended every meeting. He traveled on every road trip. The only difference was those three hours during the game, when his teammates wore uniforms and Long wore a warm-up suit with the other practice-squad players. "In every meeting, traveling, doing everything the same, it did make me feel a part of the team," Long said.
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May 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham knew there were trade rumors throughout the offseason about his future in Philadelphia, which appeared even more in doubt after the Eagles used a first-round pick on linebacker Marcus Smith. Graham, a former first-round pick who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, took solace in the fact that he's still with the Eagles. "They want me here, I'm still here, all the rumors and whatever it is, it's just rumors," Graham said. "I feel like if it was something they wanted to do, I'd be gone.
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May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALL OFFSEASON, Brandon Graham turned down interview requests made through the Eagles. Face-to-face with reporters after yesterday's organized team activity session, Graham's first impulse was to walk away, saying something over his shoulder about not wanting to get himself into trouble. But Graham, 26, the 2010 first-round pick fans will forever blame for not being Earl Thomas, has never been an angry or difficult player. As a rookie - which seems a long time ago now - he routinely shook reporters' hands, even if they were the same hands he'd shaken the day before and the day before that.
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May 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
As confident as the Eagles have been about selecting Marcus Smith with their top draft pick, it may take some time before they can point to the outside linebacker's production and say, "See, we were right. " The old adage is you need two to three years before you can properly evaluate a draft choice, but it may take an additional season for edge rushers because so few make an impact or even contribute in their rookie seasons. The Eagles would love Smith to make a first-year splash.
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May 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles traded Bryce Brown to the Bills for a 2015 conditional fourth-round draft pick, parting with the young and promising running back who had ultimately become expendable. "They had been on him for a while," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of the Bills. "We probably fielded a lot of offers from them in terms of what they wanted, because we knew what they wanted and how much they wanted Bryce. It's just, we kind of had a logjam, so to speak, at running back. " The 2015 fourth-round pick the Bills dealt to the Eagles, which Buffalo received from the 49ers on Friday in exchange for wide receiver Stevie Johnson, could become a 2016 third-rounder or a 2016 fourth-rounder.
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May 8, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole performed better than many had predicted switching from defensive end to outside linebacker in 2013, but he'll be 32 in October. Brandon Graham excelled at times after making the same transition, but he has lobbied for a trade and is in the last year of his contract. Connor Barwin is the prototype jack-of-all-trades 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Eagles don't have young, developmental talent in the pipeline that screams "future starter," unless you believe general manager Howie Roseman's recent praise of Travis Long.
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May 8, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE 2012 NFL draft represented "the worst 3 days of my life," Eagles running back Chris Polk recalled yesterday. But Polk's crushing disappointment - waiting around, ending up undrafted after being projected to go in the first three rounds - presented a big opportunity for the Eagles, who aggressively courted Polk to sign with them as a free agent. Two years later, four players the Eagles drafted in 2012 and 2013 are gone, but their sturdy 5-11, 222-pound former Washington star is still here, looking to continue to move up the depth chart.
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May 8, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE FIRST round of the NFL draft is both sexy and important. But overlook the remaining six rounds at your own peril. Check out the list of first-team All-Pros last season, where about half were former first-round picks. The other half, of course, were not. The numbers are interesting, though not unique to 2013. Of the 24 players on the first-team All-Pro, 11 were selected in the first round. Just three of the offensive players were first-rounders, and none of the three Eagles - LeSean McCoy (second round)
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May 2, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
First of a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft. Linebacker * What they have: Inside, Mychal Kendricks is a young building block. DeMeco Ryans, leading tackler the two seasons he has been an Eagle, emerged as the defensive leader and played really well against the run in 2013, but wasn't great against the pass. Ryans, who turns 30 in July, won't man the middle forever. Outside, Connor Barwin is a solid, smart player who still should have plenty of mileage left at 27. The other spot is a question.
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March 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though they ranked second to last in the NFL in sacks per pass play last season, the Eagles aren't likely to hit the panic button and overspend for an edge rusher in free agency. Do they need to upgrade at outside linebacker or at the least bolster a unit that accounted for only 16 of 37 sacks last season? Certainly. But there is more to a successful pass rush than sacks. The Eagles actually had an above-average defense in that regard, according to Football Outsiders' rankings.
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