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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham 13th overall with their 2010 first-round draft choice. It's been a struggle for Graham. Here is how he compares with the five defensive players taken after him in the first round of that draft: 13. EAGLES - Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan Started 12 of 49 games, 111/2 sacks, 67 tackles 14. SEAHAWKS - Earl Thomas, FS, Texas 3 Pro Bowls, 15 interceptions, twice first-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion last...
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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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October 20, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most valuable player OFFENSE: Jason Peters The all-pro left tackle has been so good that it's easy to take him for granted. With other key pieces missing on the offensive line, Peters has been a security blanket on Nick Foles' blind side. He kept elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul from sacking Foles during the last two games. Peters has not allowed a sack since the season opener. DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins Although he might not be a star, Jenkins is a significant upgrade at safety and has been valuable to the secondary.
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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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August 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was another placid day at Camp Chip on Wednesday. No fights, no controversy. Very little that resembled news. Just another day of work for a team that has settled into a nice routine under a coach who is anything but routine. "We're back at it today, and that's great," Chip Kelly said. "That's why we're here. " Unlike a year ago, when everything was new on both sides of the ball and a number of jobs were up for grabs, you probably could write out the starting lineups for the Sept.
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October 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connor Barwin's increased sack production this season can be tracked back to March, when the team bolstered its secondary in free agency but failed to add a pass rusher. The Eagles thought they could improve their pass rush with players returning for their second season in Bill Davis' scheme. One idea was to use Barwin more in that role this season. There was not a noticeable change until recent weeks, but it's now paying off: Barwin is tied for third in the NFL with six sacks.
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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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October 20, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most valuable player OFFENSE: Jason Peters The all-pro left tackle has been so good that it's easy to take him for granted. With other key pieces missing on the offensive line, Peters has been a security blanket on Nick Foles' blind side. He kept elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul from sacking Foles during the last two games. Peters has not allowed a sack since the season opener. DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins Although he might not be a star, Jenkins is a significant upgrade at safety and has been valuable to the secondary.
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October 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connor Barwin's increased sack production this season can be tracked back to March, when the team bolstered its secondary in free agency but failed to add a pass rusher. The Eagles thought they could improve their pass rush with players returning for their second season in Bill Davis' scheme. One idea was to use Barwin more in that role this season. There was not a noticeable change until recent weeks, but it's now paying off: Barwin is tied for third in the NFL with six sacks.
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October 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS in the spring of 2012 that Brandon Graham declared himself a bust. The Eagles' 2010 first-round pick was weary from sparring, on Twitter and elsewhere, with fans angry with him for not being Earl Thomas or Jason Pierre-Paul, two future Pro Bowl defensive players who were on the board when the Birds traded up to pick Graham 13th overall that year. So during OTAs that May, after 2 years in which a serious knee injury and its aftermath limited him to 16 games, Graham said he would wear the "bust" label, use it as motivation.
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October 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles defense has eight sacks in the last two games, and while sacks don't tell the entire story, they have, in this case, signified an improved pass rush. The difference after being shut out on sacks in the previous two games, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said, has been the Eagles' ability to generate pressure with only four rushers. They used the standard four-man rush to notch six of the eight sacks, and 51/2 have come from outside linebackers. "The outside linebackers got the production in this game, but the thing that is growing is the four-man rush, and all four of them together," Davis said Tuesday.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham 13th overall with their 2010 first-round draft choice. It's been a struggle for Graham. Here is how he compares with the five defensive players taken after him in the first round of that draft: 13. EAGLES - Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan Started 12 of 49 games, 111/2 sacks, 67 tackles 14. SEAHAWKS - Earl Thomas, FS, Texas 3 Pro Bowls, 15 interceptions, twice first-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion last...
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September 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes you have to shed more than the blockers when you arrive in the NFL as a first-round draft pick being paid huge money to pursue the quarterback. Sometimes you have to blast through the hurtful rhetoric, too. Injury-prone , underachiever and, worst of all, bust have been attached to Brandon Graham's name. He heard them all. "The hardest part was hearing the fans saying what they say and hearing the media and I wasn't able to defend myself because I was hurt," the pass-rushing outside linebacker said Wednesday after the Eagles finished their first day of practice in preparation for Monday night's game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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September 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT DANGLES from the shelf near the top of his locker, but athletes deserve a modicum of privacy no matter how much access is afforded the press. Another copy - 8 1/2-by-11, laminated, five red bullet points and 16 sub-bullets - lies on the bench near his seat; but still, it belongs to him and no one else. Unless he offers it. Then, he offers it. "If I do these things," Marcus Smith II says, "everything else will take care of itself. " He made the little signs himself and asked the Eagles' equipment manager to laminate them.
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August 31, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THEY WERE the subject of almost comical speculation before and during training camp. Thursday, in the last rehearsal before cuts today, they were the two best players on the field. Granted, that's not saying much. Matt Barkley, less than 3 years removed from Heisman Trophy candidacy, should be able to operate an NFL offense. Brandon Graham, 4 years removed from being a first-round pick, should be able to push around the Jets' backups. Certainly, nothing either did Thursday night elevated them past their current station in their football lives.
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August 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE NUMBERS don't compute, and Brandon Graham knows it. The Eagles linebacker was the 13th player taken in the 2010 draft. Yet, in four NFL seasons, he has made only 12 starts, has played only 1,403 snaps, has registered a grand total of 11 1/2 sacks. The 14th player taken in that draft, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, has been to three Pro Bowls and twice been selected a first-team All-Pro. The 15th player taken, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, has been to two Pro Bowls and put up 16 1/2 sacks in his second season.
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