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September 13, 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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June 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To begin his transformation into an every-down linebacker, Brandon Graham met with his new position coach before the 2013 season and found something that had eluded him through his first three years in the NFL: support. Bill McGovern, the Eagles' outside linebackers coach, had watched film of Graham and determined that there was something more to him than just another defensive end who liked to chase quarterbacks. In the 3-4 scheme that Chip Kelly preferred, Graham would be a better fit as a linebacker.
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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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August 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham started his confession on Friday by revealing his goal is "double-digit sacks" this year – a worthwhile ambition for a player whose career-high is 5.5 sacks in a season and has 17 sacks during a five-year career. But the two digits Graham said he wants have never been achieved in NFL history: 32 sacks. "My goal is two a game," Graham said. When informed that would be almost 10 more than the NFL's single-season record - Michael Strahan had 22.5 in 2001 - the Eagles linebacker did not curb his enthusiasm for such a lofty standard.
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June 10, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, JOHN SMALLWOOD and LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writers barkowe@phillynews.com
BRANDON GRAHAM'S advice to Marcus Smith is simple. "I told him to stay off social media," Graham said yesterday after an Eagles OTA session. "That B-word hurts. " The "B-word" is "bust," as in first-round bust, the label Graham was careening toward his first three seasons after the Eagles moved up to draft him 13th overall in 2010. The heat was turned on when Graham had to miss most of 2011 with a knee injury, and also every time Seattle safety Earl Thomas made another huge play.
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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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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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March 11, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles pulled off a minor miracle in securing Brandon Graham and bringing the linebacker back into the fold, but they lost a potential free agent acquisition Monday when running back Frank Gore backed out of an agreement, an NFL source said. Graham had all but signed with the New York Giants, but the Eagles swooped in, sweetened the offer and the free agent decided to return to Philadelphia instead. The 26-year old signed a four-year contract worth $26 million with $14 million guaranteed and will be penciled in as the starting outside linebacker opposite Connor Barwin.
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August 18, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MARCUS SMITH was everywhere - every special-team unit, he said afterward, and every defensive snap from midway through the first quarter to late in the third, playing both outside linebacker positions. There were a couple of reasons for this. One was that the Eagles are really hurting for outside linebacker depth, behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham. They've lost Travis Long and Brandon Hepburn to season-ending injuries already. Smith and special-teams standout Bryan Braman are pretty much what's left, with inside 'backer Brad Jones working in here and there.
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August 17, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham can bench-press 225 pounds in 28 repetitions faster than any other outside linebacker on the Eagles. He can push a 20-pound medicine ball in an allotted amount of time farther than anyone else at his position. Connor Barwin called Graham "probably the strongest guy on our team. " Asked to name an intangible the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Graham has that offsets what he lacks in length, coach Chip Kelly said: "His power. " If it weren't for his strength, along with some freakish athleticism, the stout Graham probably wouldn't be back for a sixth season in Philadelphia.
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August 15, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Bill Davis gives a great news conference. He's expansive and informative and never condescending to a questioner. He maintains excellent eye contact, moves his hands in gestures that are both welcoming and non-distracting, and often tells the truth. When he speaks about the Eagles defense, even if the defense is not performing well, he is reassuring, because once Davis is finished speaking, one comes away from the conference thinking, Well, at least Bill knows what he's doing. The trouble with Davis' news conferences - those he has given over his first two years as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, anyway - is that he's had to be reassuring too frequently.
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August 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CAN THE Eagles' third outside linebacker - the top sub - be as big a part of the defense as Brandon Graham was last year? Graham played 43 percent of the defense's snaps and notched 5 1/2 sacks. With Trent Cole gone and Graham now a starter, the top candidate as Graham's replacement is already down for the season, Travis Long having torn his right ACL. The Eagles will have to rely more on someone like 2014 first-rounder Marcus Smith or Brandon Hepburn, a practice-squad inside linebacker last season.
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August 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham started his confession on Friday by revealing his goal is "double-digit sacks" this year – a worthwhile ambition for a player whose career-high is 5.5 sacks in a season and has 17 sacks during a five-year career. But the two digits Graham said he wants have never been achieved in NFL history: 32 sacks. "My goal is two a game," Graham said. When informed that would be almost 10 more than the NFL's single-season record - Michael Strahan had 22.5 in 2001 - the Eagles linebacker did not curb his enthusiasm for such a lofty standard.
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August 9, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT'S STILL the first week of training camp, so it seems likely that Eagles' coaches will be happy if Sam Bradford just keeps getting out there every day, with no swelling or pain in his twice-repaired left knee. But Bradford gave them a little more to be excited about yesterday, zipping passes into tight windows, lasering long bombs and really looking, for the first time since he arrived here, like a former No. 1 overall draft pick with "did you see that?!" star potential. Yes, it was only a training-camp practice.
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August 3, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are three doors, and the Eagles will walk through one of them this season. You don't need Monty Hall to tell you that not all doors are created equal, but that is the nature of a boom-or-bust season so reliant on things that are still uncertain. Chip Kelly remade a large portion of the roster after deciding the 2014 team "wasn't close" to good enough to compete for a championship. In doing so, he removed almost all of the last vestiges of Good King Andy (and Howie Roseman, to some extent)
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July 31, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES are looking at breaking in 11 new members among their regular starting 22 from a year ago. Some of the positions were expected to turn over, such as right guard and the cornerbacks. Others, like quarterback and running back, are the wondrous byproducts hatched in Chip Kelly's offseason laboratory. (Cue the evil scientist's ghoulish laughter.) Here then is a look at Dr. Chip's experiments heading into his third training camp as Eagles coach, and first with him in sole control of the roster: Offense Quarterback Gone: Nick Foles, traded to the Rams.
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June 19, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY definitely got reporters' attention yesterday when the Eagles' coach talked about giving Vinny Curry some reps at outside linebacker. Here, finally, was a new development in what has become an old and frustrating story, especially for Curry, a pass rusher of great potential who suddenly is closing in on his 27th birthday June 30, without ever having started an NFL game. Curry notched nine sacks and forced four fumbles last season in just 371 defensive snaps, about a third of the plays the defense totaled.
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June 19, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Marcus Smith met with Chip Kelly before the Eagles broke at the end of last season, the parting message from the coach wasn't rookie-coated. Smith's disappointing first season was over, and although it would be a stretch to say Kelly handled the outside linebacker with kid gloves, the Eagles' unwavering stance of preaching patience with their top draft pick was over. "He told me straight up, 'You've got to come back and you've got to be better than what you did,' " Smith said Wednesday.
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