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Brandon Graham preparing for position switch

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Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham hasn’t necessarily been told he’s playing outside linebacker, but he’s certainly preparing that way.

Graham said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that he hadn’t been told what position he’d play in the Eagles’ new 3-4 system.

But it’s easy to see where he’s leaning. He’s working to get from 270 pound down to 260, and he’s been working with Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley on his technique.

There’s been a lot of talk about a lot of things,” Graham said. “I don’t know where they want to put me at. All I know is wherever they put me, I’ll go full out. . . .

“I’m hoping everything carries over with the adjustments I have to make. But at the same time, rushing the passer is rushing the passer. That’s a strength of mine, and I just need to get it a lot better to get it where we need to go.”

Graham began his college career as a linebacker before growing out of it, and a change is just another in a long line, as he’s had to adjust to different schemes and deal with injuries throughout his career. He’s also not the kind of long-limbed defender new coach Chip Kelly prefers, adding another obstacle to his transition.

“I haven’t had a whole full year of just playing where I know I can play,” Graham said. “Everything’s always switching. We had a new D-line coach last year when everything started getting better. Now we have a new coach. But I’m always going to adjust.”

He’s going to need to do it quickly, as well. The former first-round pick has 8.5 sacks in three seasons. And though he finished well last year, the new regime isn’t going to have the same kind of tie to a former pick, so they’ll want to see production, fast.

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9 Responses to “Brandon Graham preparing for position switch”
  1. jn213 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:57 AM

    The Eagles had their first workout as a team on Monday. Why would the coaching staff keep it a secret to a player what they expect from him?
    Doesn’t look good for Brandon, he had a very good year last year after Tommy Brasher took over the D-line.

  2. theMORElogicalvoice says: Apr 3, 2013 9:01 AM

    Doesn’t matter where they put him. Graham will cause fits for opposing O Lines. Can’t wait to see him lay that fraud, RG3, out! #FlyEaglesFly

  3. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    He was their second best D lineman, behind Cox, in the second half of the year(the only half they really played him). I think they’ll find a way to use him

  4. gumbogumbo says: Apr 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    Graham is going to have a good to really good season. I doubt he makes the Pro Bowl but he’ll shed the ‘bust’ label.

  5. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 3, 2013 9:17 AM

    In the second half of the season(the only half the gave him snaps) he was their second best D lineman behind Cox. I’m sure they’ll find a spot for him.

  6. oldbyrd says: Apr 3, 2013 9:30 AM

    Another Reid first round bust at where he was picked. Right up there with the firemen, Jerome McDougle and Shawn Andrews.

  7. dolphins4 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:03 AM

    Brandon Graham is going to be a great outside linebacker.

  8. wayne1693 says: Apr 3, 2013 11:02 AM

    Does the headline also mean that he’s coming out of the closet?

  9. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Apr 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    He’ll get it done. He’s a beast.

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