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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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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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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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January 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - If Chip Kelly drafts players the way he did last year, it wouldn't be bizarre if he selected Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the NFL draft in May. Three of the first four prospects the Eagles chose in Kelly's first draft played on college teams that beat Oregon when he was head coach, and all three performed well in those games. Although Bucannon's Cougars were run over by the Ducks, 51-26, in 2012, the safety stood out by intercepting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice.
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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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February 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - When the Eagles arrived at the NFL scouting combine a year ago, their defensive scheme remained a bit of a mystery. Chip Kelly and Bill Davis wanted to transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4, but they weren't going to push forward if they didn't have the necessary pieces up front. They eventually acquired a nose tackle and outside linebacker to help with the changeover, but they still lacked a prototypical 3-4 edge rusher. Many thought the Eagles would get that outside linebacker in the 2013 draft - or at least one to develop.
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January 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dan Quinn left his job as Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach in 2010 and returned this season as a defensive coordinator. What struck him about the defense during his two years away from the team was the development of safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. "When they were two rookies together, I certainly had the view to say, 'These two guys are going to be special,' " Quinn said. "But those two guys in specific really embodied the development of what you can do as a player, and how they've taken their game from where they began.
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January 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - There's a gaggle of good-sized safeties here practicing for Saturday's Senior Bowl. You have to squint really hard to see any of them as a future star, though; most project as midrounders. That's partly because the top two safety prospects in this spring's NFL draft, Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor, are underclassmen and aren't in Mobile. And it's partly because the demands of the safety position in the NFL of 2014 are extreme, much more about coverage instincts and quickly sorting through what you're looking at than wrestling ballcarriers to the turf.
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January 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - If Chip Kelly drafts players the way he did last year, it wouldn't be bizarre if he selected Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the NFL draft in May. Three of the first four prospects the Eagles chose in Kelly's first draft played on college teams that beat Oregon when he was head coach, and all three performed well in those games. Although Bucannon's Cougars were run over by the Ducks, 51-26, in 2012, the safety stood out by intercepting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice.
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January 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
RENTON, Wash. - Earl Thomas still hears from Eagles fans on Twitter. And they keep bringing up Brandon Graham. Thomas, an all-pro safety for the Seattle Seahawks, remembers draft day in 2010. The Eagles traded to acquire the No. 13 pick. Brian Dawkins signed in Denver a year earlier, and the team was still looking for a replacement. Speculation was widespread that the Eagles moved up to take Thomas, a star at Texas. "They said Earl Thomas right here, and I'm like: 'OK, the Eagles, Philadelphia,' " Thomas said Wednesday as he recalled the coverage of the draft.
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December 9, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It's no surprise that a team with the NFL's highest-rated quarterback is still in contention for the playoffs with four weeks remaining in the regular season. As the Eagles play Detroit on Sunday trying to stay even with the Cowboys in the NFC East and force a final-week showdown for the division title, the emergence of Nick Foles is what makes their continued relevance seem easy to understand. What doesn't figure, however, despite the feel-good effects of four straight wins, is how a team ranked 31st in total defense could be in that same position.
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December 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole and Brandon Graham say they are getting more comfortable with defensive coordinator Bill Davis' 3-4 alignment, as their relentless pash rush showed during Sunday's 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. For the second consecutive week Cole had two sacks, while Graham also added two sacks after entering the game with one. "We were both feeding off each other, and when Trent got that first one I said I have to get one," Graham said. That first one set the tone for the defense.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that Nick Foles has quelled the outcry for a franchise quarterback - OK, not exactly - the look-ahead crowd has set its sights on the Eagles' next biggest need: An outside pass rusher. But is it as simple as looking at the total number of sacks generated by outside linebackers this season (five) and coming to the conclusion that the Eagles need to add a pass rusher either via the draft or free agency? Or is the argument more nuanced? Is the sack overrated, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis suggested recently?
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October 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
FALL BOW SEASON opened Sept. 14 in New Jersey. Trent Cole already has downed two deer. Quarterback season opened Sept. 9. Cole has yet to bag a QB. He hasn't even scared many. As a matter of fact, Cole hasn't recorded a sack in six games, dating back to 2012. He has been credited with only two hurries this season. Mention this to him, and . . . he flashes his million-dollar smile? Sure. He has been waiting for this issue to arise; and, like any good huntsman, he is prepared.
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