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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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April 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly probably never would have drafted Brandon Graham. He's barely 6 feet tall. He's stocky. He has short arms for an edge rusher. And yet, when the Eagles were looking to replace Trent Cole this offseason, they re-signed Graham even though he's not the prototypical outside linebacker. Graham is the exception to Kelly's rule that size matters. He is also a cautionary tale for NFL teams that are stringent in their evaluations. But he is the anomaly Kelly and Ed Marynowitz speak of when they describe the Eagles' formula for drafting players, particularly in the early rounds.
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March 31, 2015
THE MYSTERY of who exactly decided it was a swell idea to draft Marcus Smith last spring remains unsolved. Chip Kelly pleaded innocent last week. Insisted he didn't have final say in the draft and thinks he was in Munich or Cancun or Phil Knight's living room when Roger Goodell announced, "With the 26th pick in the 2014 draft, the Eagles select Louisville linebacker . . . " Common sense says that then-general manager Howie Roseman never would have reached for Smith unless his head coach had given the move his blessing.
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March 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BYRON MAXWELL sees an environment in Philadelphia like the one he experienced in Seattle, Maxwell said yesterday. He did not seem to be referencing the wet ground or the blustery skies, as Maxwell introduced himself to a new city after signing a contract billed at 6 years and $63 million, with $25 million guaranteed. "It was just an easy match, it was just a perfect fit," Maxwell said. "A lot of the things they're doing here are similar" to Seattle. "It just meshed. " Maxwell referenced the emphasis on "daily habits," Chip Kelly's "win the day" dictum.
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March 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAGLES FANS got two surprises yesterday. Only one of them was pleasant. Brandon Graham, the once-scorned 2010 first-round pass rusher who emerged as a useful, productive 3-4 linebacker in coordinator Bill Davis' scheme, was thought to be eager to move elsewhere - someplace that ran a 4-3 setup, and where nobody would ever again bring up the name "Earl Thomas. " Graham also was rumored to be looking for something like $8 million a year. But the Eagles eventually confirmed yesterday's report by Phillymag.com's Tim McManus that Graham would return to the Birds.
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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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March 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles sat out of the pass rusher shopping spree last offseason, waiting until the first round of the draft to address the position with Marcus Smith. They knew that one year later, Trent Cole would be older and more expensive, and Brandon Graham would become a free agent. The Eagles are now at the one-year-later mark. They released Cole and have not re-signed Graham. The depth chart at right outside linebacker thinned, although Smith's unproductive rookie season leaves the Eagles searching for more help at the position.
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March 8, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles still do not have a new deal for Jeremy Maclin or Brandon Graham, and the agents for both players are free to formally begin negotiating with other teams when the legal tampering window begins at noon on Saturday. Maclin and Graham are among the seven Eagles set to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, when the new league year begins. Free agents can sign anywhere at that point, and a flurry of activity commences once the clock strikes 12 p.m. that afternoon. After a busy three-week period that included releasing veterans Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, Cary Williams, and James Casey - along with the blockbuster LeSean McCoy trade that will be processed Tuesday - the Eagles appear poised to be big spenders in free agency with around $49.5 million in salary cap space.
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March 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
History shows that trading up for one player in the NFL draft is not favorable for the team that must surrender significant resources, Howie Roseman says. That was one of the topics the Eagles executive vice president of football operations addressed Saturday while he spoke on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The debate about trading up in the draft is relevant in Philadelphia because the Eagles would likely need to part with valuable picks and/or players if they want to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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December 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday he would like both LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin to return in 2015 but conceded that there could be tough decisions ahead. "We are going to have a long, full process for this whole thing," Kelly said of roster evaluations. "But do I want LeSean back? Yeah. Do I want Jeremy back? Yeah. Is that the reality? I don't know. . . . What if someone gives us 17 first-round draft picks for LeSean? . . . We'll look at everything. " The two high-profile players face uncertain futures with the team.
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December 24, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
TRENT COLE'S broken left hand that propelled Brandon Graham into a starting role against the Redskins was also expected to yield outside linebacker snaps for Marcus Smith II. But once again, after the Eagles' woeful loss at last-place Washington, Smith's name was listed on the stat sheet as among those who, while dressed to play, did not enter the game. That makes seven of 15 games for which this year's first-round draft pick was either inactive or held out of action. Regarding Smith's lack of action on Saturday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said yesterday the coaching staff "felt confident in the guys who were playing at that point in time.
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