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Brandon Graham has high hopes for 2012

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Two years ago, the Eagles selected defensive end Brandon Graham with the 13th overall pick in the draft.

Two years later, the Eagles have Trent Cole and Jason Babin and they devoted a second-round pick to another pass rusher, Vinny Curry of Marshall.

Graham hasn’t had a sack since November 2010.  He suffered a serious knee injury the following month, he needed microfracture surgery, and he appeared in only three games last season.

But he isn’t down in the dumps, any more.  “I just can’t wait [for this season] because everybody’s opinion will change — even though they’ll still say what they want to say.  What I do on the field will speak for itself,” Graham tells Geoff Mosher of the News Journal.

First, Graham has to get on the field.  Cole and Babin are the starters, Curry is the newcomer, and guys like Darryl Tapp are still on the depth chart.

Graham thinks he still has the faith of the coaching staff.  “They know I’m working,” Graham said. “They see it’s important to me. I just can’t wait to go out there and show them how much this season means to me.”

This offseason, Graham has dropped 20 pounds, from 285 to 265.  And G.M. Howie Roseman says that the addition of Curry doesn’t mean Graham is on the outs.

“I don’t see Brandon Graham needing any more motivation that he already has.  He knows what’s on the line for him,” Roseman said.  “He seems incredibly focused to all of us and in great shape.  And he’s a talented guy and he’s healthy and that’s important.”

It’s more important that Graham begin to fulfill the potential that made him the 13th overall pick in the draft.  Especially as the man taken two picks later — Jason Pierre-Paul — becomes one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, for one of the Eagles’ biggest rivals.  And that’s all the more reason for the powers-that-be to give Graham every opportunity to develop.

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35 Responses to “Brandon Graham has high hopes for 2012”
  1. talkintrashallday says: May 7, 2012 8:26 AM

    B-U-S-T!!! Robert Ayers East

  2. pixelito says: May 7, 2012 8:27 AM

    Yep, we like our JPP ;)

  3. vincentbojackson says: May 7, 2012 8:35 AM

    What does this story have to do with Rex Ryan and the total ineptness of the Jets?

    Surely they’ve done or said something stupid since the last Jets post.

  4. nogoodell says: May 7, 2012 8:38 AM

    Reid wanted JPP, but was overruled

  5. trollhammer20 says: May 7, 2012 8:43 AM

    IIRC, the Eagles traded up to get this guy. I’m a Seattle fan, and I was worried they had moved up to get Earl Thomas. I was relieved when they didn’t.

  6. bbk1000 says: May 7, 2012 8:44 AM

    pixelito says:May 7, 2012 8:27 AM

    Yep, we like our JPP
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    You hope…haha

  7. nflofficeadmin says: May 7, 2012 8:50 AM

    Roseman doesn’t exactly have the best track record among GMs in the league.

  8. skulman7 says: May 7, 2012 8:50 AM

    How is he a bust? He hasn’t had a chance yet due to injuries. If he plays this season and isn’t efficient, maybe you could start to say bust. But waaay too early and waaay too much potential we haven’t had the chance to see yet.

  9. joshuavkidd says: May 7, 2012 8:54 AM

    hard for me to call the guy a bust yet as he hasn’t seen the field simply because he has been injured… his time as a rookie before he got hurt, he played well.. big year for him.

  10. mrbumbum2000 says: May 7, 2012 9:20 AM

    They wouldn’t draft Curry unless they knew Graham had busted for sure. Vinny has the length that Graham doesn’t if you know what I mean ;)

  11. warrenmoon says: May 7, 2012 9:23 AM

    265? Linebacker? There’s no way he comes out of a 3 against good offensive linemen. Well at least not in run supportQ

  12. jacksaysfu says: May 7, 2012 9:24 AM

    No one knows what Graham is capable of yet cause of his injury history . If he does turn in to be a decent player the Eagles will have the deepest D-line in the NFL (Cole,Jenkins,Patterson,Babin,Curry,Cox,Dixon,Landri,Tapp,Hunt) . If the Eagles can stop turning the ball over they’ll be dangerous , but after last year thats still a big IF.

  13. jacksaysfu says: May 7, 2012 9:28 AM

    Graham was a beast in college . Hopefully a healthy Brandon Graham can still ball in the NFL. This is a make or break year for #54

  14. myeaglescantwin says: May 7, 2012 9:35 AM

    i love how all you know nothings try and call this kid a bust.

    as a rookie he had just as much production in 6 games then JPP had all year. That injury killed him.

    & how can anyone try to blast Howie Roseman? that dude gets each and every player or draft pick that ANDY REID WANTS.. your criticism is misdirected.

    blast they eagles, thats fine.
    but have some knowledge before you do so.

    or just stick with the “empty trophy case” one liners. they do the trick.

  15. mikebe1 says: May 7, 2012 9:37 AM

    F’n raider fans think their team is the greatest

  16. leonbryte says: May 7, 2012 9:46 AM

    “Brandon, I have Jerome McDougal on line two for you.”

  17. bleed4philly says: May 7, 2012 9:54 AM

    Yes, he hopes to injure both legs this time.q

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: May 7, 2012 10:08 AM

    A healthy Brandon Graham coming offthe edge after Cole and Babin have worn an OT down certainly isn’t not intriguing… We’ll see how he does there…

  19. offkiltereagle says: May 7, 2012 10:36 AM

    In his rookie year Graham led all rookies in QB hurries. Last year was null and void due to injuries. So this year he comes in healthy and walks into a different defense than his rookie year that utilizes his skill set. I see him contributing being a contributing factor on the best defensive line Philly has had since the gang green days.

  20. dontouchmyjunk says: May 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    He’s a BUST! Already has no knee cartilage. Arthritic before 25.
    Moving on from this bum.

  21. doncornelious says: May 7, 2012 11:06 AM

    Howie Roseman / Joe Banner pick. Andy Reid wanted JPP. Glad Andy took over control of this years draft.

  22. rayday1980 says: May 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    And Clint Sintim on line One… Bust

  23. smushrodriguez says: May 7, 2012 11:20 AM

    myeaglescantwin: how do you know that Howie Roseman gets the players Andy wants? No one really ha a good understanding of their hierarchy (and it seems to change). Look at that report that had Andy wanting JPP but getting overruled. When the media had Lurie available at his press convergence, they should have been asking how the front office works. Instead they were like: “Why is Andy so mean to us:(“.

  24. hutch119 says: May 7, 2012 11:27 AM

    And this is why guys like Poe go high in the draft and game tape isn’t the only thing that matters. Had Reid drafted JPP everyone would have called it a reach and a bad pick at the time. No one remember that now. Further evidence of how dumb there draft grades are.

  25. offkiltereagle says: May 7, 2012 11:31 AM

    dontouchmyjunk says: May 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    He’s a BUST! Already has no knee cartilage. Arthritic before 25.
    Moving on from this bum.
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    Spoken like a truly ignorant negadelphian

  26. eagles7to10 says: May 7, 2012 11:31 AM

    That “report” that Andy wanted JPP is false. It was said by Howard Eskin during the 4 for 4 debate on WIP radioin which he was losing an he threw it out there to try to win an argument. Eskin was questioned about it the next day and he said he was contacted by the Eagles and it was TOTALLY BOGUS! Stop saying Andy wanted JPP, he didn’t. They all wanted Graham and they should have taken Earl Thomas. Still havn’t replaced the great Dawkins and now we have no safeties.

  27. blutri10 says: May 7, 2012 11:48 AM

    Yup! Florio loves his Eagles!!! Never a bad thing to say about them…even when they had a horrific year…it was “Oh, well at least they finished the year strong and…I’m sure that’ll carry over to next year…”

    Love it…

  28. deathmonkey41 says: May 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Andy Reid wasn’t involved in the Gramham draft because he was busy discovering a meal between breakfast and brunch.

  29. polapea says: May 7, 2012 12:13 PM

    Playing for his career this season. Needs to stay healthy & be productive or he’s gone.

  30. rajbais says: May 7, 2012 12:21 PM

    He was 285????

    Who was he trying to be, Moby Dick???

  31. myeaglescantwin says: May 7, 2012 2:02 PM

    @smushrodriguez

    this is exactly what i mean. It has been well documented that Andy is the ‘say all be all’ when it comes to the Eagles and all moves they make. This has been preached by Andy, Joe & Jeff. Everyone knows Andy makes all the calls.

    If he had wanted JPP, we would have taken JPP. The person that ‘leaked’ that false info has absolutely NO CREDIT IN PHILLY.

    Every move or signing that Howie makes is a direct results of what Andy tells him to do based off of who he wants to get..

    Howie is an accountant and negotiator, not a talent evaluator.

  32. oldbyrd says: May 8, 2012 7:37 AM

    I wish him well but, 6′-2″ @ 265? @ Def end? I wonder if he could be moved to linebacker? This was a very unfortunate choice for Reid. Their is only ONE Dwight Feeny.

  33. myeaglescantwin says: May 8, 2012 4:28 PM

    old byrd, , i’d have to agree with that statement..

    Andy refuses to believe that size makes a difference in the NFL…

    thats why they have weight classes for pro fighting.

    i mean the small guy might get the best of the huge strong guy in the beginning, but this fight is between 16 & 21 rounds,, no way they last..

    but i think he has noticed that his undersized D wears down towards the end of the season.. thats why he went after the big COX & resigned DIXON.. thats some serious interior size & youth..

    (too bad it took him 12 years)

  34. geo1113 says: May 8, 2012 7:43 PM

    oldbyrd says:
    May 8, 2012 7:37 AM
    I wish him well but, 6′-2″ @ 265? @ Def end? I wonder if he could be moved to linebacker? This was a very unfortunate choice for Reid. Their is only ONE Dwight Feeny.

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    Four of the Pro Bowl DEs were between 260 and 270. For a 4-3 defense that is a typical weight of a DE. Time will tell if it is a very unfortunate choice. At the time of the draft, many had Graham as the top DE.

  35. bonato55 says: May 10, 2012 7:18 PM

    As an Eagles fan I can only hope he has a good year, but to be honest I’m pretty confident in our D-line without him… But for his and the teams sake why not hope for the best!! 2012 should be a good year for the BIRDS!!

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