Brandon Graham: I may not be a good fit, but I can get to the QB


Brandon Graham was the Eagles’ first-round pick under a different regime in 2010, but he has never looked like the right fit in the 3-4 defense preferred by head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Graham understands that, but he also understands this: There’s always room on an NFL roster for a guy who can get to the quarterback.

So Graham, who got his second sack of the preseason on Thursday night, feels confident that he’ll play and play well for the Eagles this season. And if the Eagles cut him, Graham thinks he’ll play well for someone else.

It’s just a tricky situation,” Graham said, via “Hopefully, I’m here. If not, hopefully I can show somebody else that I can definitely get the job done, and that’s all I’m trying to do. I know I’m not the ideal size and I don’t play as good in space as I would like. I’m getting better at it, but it’s just one of those things where I know I can go get that quarterback, and I know I can play the run good. It’s just in space, I’m trying to get a lot better at that.”

Graham said he hopes the Eagles’ coaches will keep him on the roster because he believes the Eagles are ready for big things this year.

“I come in, practice every day, work hard and I just try to put it on film to show them that I can help this team win,” Graham said. “I’m just trying to secure a spot because I know how great we can be. I know I can get better, and that’s the thing. Man, if I’m here, I know I’m going to get better each week, because my attitude and focus is all about the team. I know we can take it to the next level, and I want to be here to see us win the championship. I want to be a part of it.”

If Graham isn’t a part of it in Philadelphia, he’ll catch on somewhere. Perhaps on a team with a defense that’s a better fit for his skills.

43 responses to “Brandon Graham: I may not be a good fit, but I can get to the QB

  1. Buffalo would snatch him up in a hurry!

    The fans already want the Bills to try and trade for him…maybe a swap of Graham’s?

    TJ Graham for Brandon Graham?

    TJ is a fast WR that would fit right into Chip Kelly’s offense…and he’s still quite young.

    Brandon could fill in for Bradham during week 1, be a rotational pass-rusher this year…and take Jerry Hughes’ spot in ’15…as it’s rumored he’ll be allowed to walk as a free agent no matter his production.

  2. Love the attitude, agree he can get to the qb, also agree he is not an ideal fit for the 3-4. Wish we stayed with the 4-3 so he and Vinny Curry could be on the field more

  3. It’s crazy making that neither Graham or Curry can get on the field. Both are double digit sack players and both are mired on the depth chart behind either mediocre players or an old worn out one in Trent Cole. So much for adjusting your system to fit the talent on your roster. What a bunch of lip service hooey that is.

  4. Keep dreaming people he isn’t getting cut. Trade maybe but I doubt it. Dude is PRODUCTIVE and the eagles aren’t exactly stacked with pass rushers. He’s staying put.

    Go Eagles

  5. I feel like he’s trade bait at the moment. He’s not wrong- someone will want him. He fits a 4-3 scheme as a DE, and the Eagles have him at OLB in the 3-4, and he’s just not ideal. His rush skills aren’t bad, but he’s very meh in coverage.

  6. We want you here too Brandon. Shame you were hurt early in your career. Most of us thought JPP was the better pick. Prove em wrong this year big dawg!! I love all the Eagles Hate. Can’t wait till we finally get one. Shut you all up. DESEAN JACKSON!!

  7. He’s was 3-4 OLB coming out of Michigan and he looked like a better fit in that system heading into the draft. Andy Reid just loved really undersized 4-3 DEs.

    He will still probably be the primary 3rd down specialist pass rusher ahead of Marcus Smith who hasn’t looked real good in preseason so far.

  8. Didn’t Philly take this guy right before Seattle grabbed All Pro safety Earl Thomas with the next pick?

    You win some and lose some I suppose.

  9. Great attitude. I was down on him because he wasn’t JPP but I’ll take his work ethic over JPP’s. I wish and (think) the eagles keep him.

  10. Billy Davis should not be coaching this defense. Everyone agrees that they have the personnel for a 4-3, not a 3-4, but that hasn’t stopped Billy from trying to force the square peg in the round hole.

    Graham, Vinny Curry, Trent Cole, and Fletcher Cox are all better suited to being 4-3 ends than 3-4 ends, and its not like the eagles have Vince Wilfork at nose tackle.

    Good coaching is about fitting the scheme to the talent, not the other way around- in order for the eagles to get the players for a 3-4, it will take multiple drafts, in a win now league. I don’t expect Foles to repeat his 27 and 2 performance this year, and the defense will need to improve for the eagles to be a legitimate threat.

  11. eagles are smart. they won’t cut him. he will make the team, play situationally when a pass rush is needed. and if eagles decide he shouldn’t be on the team anymore, he will leave via a trade.

  12. The Eagles traded up to get him, and instead of drafting Earl Thomas, they took Graham. Seahawks selected Thomas with the very next pick.

    Thank you Andy Reid for passing on Brian Dawkins 2.0. Moron!

  13. Some team needs to trade for Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham. They are 4-3 DE’s who are not able to play major snaps in the Eagles 3-4. It’s a shame that they are two high draft picks with an ability to rush the pasher but they just don’t fit the scheme.

  14. He is right. He is nor a 3-4 LB. Always thought he would be good in a wide 9, or passing down DE in any 4-3. Having him cover space in the NFL is a liability though.

  15. @Motobus: he may have been pegged as a 3-4 OLB coming out of UM, but he played DE at UM. His size wasn’t an issue in college, it’s a bigger issue in the NFL.

    He’s a very talented pass rusher, but doesn’t quite fit in a spot in the pros. Not quite a 3-4 OLB, but not a 4-3 DE either. Might be best as a 4-3 rush specialist in rotation.

  16. 4-3

    DL: Graham, Flether Cox, Thornton, Curry
    LB: Kendricks, Dem Ryans & M Smith/Barwin

    It really does seem to be a stronger front 7 than the 3-4

  17. P.S. Thanks for trading up and selecting Brandon Graham instead of Earl Thomas to replace Brian Dawkins

  18. Why would they let this dude go? For what? And why would they put him at linebacker? He clearly has done more than any starter we have. We need to let Thornton go and let this guy and Curry start. Everybody else should be backups.

  19. Chip cut Djax so nothing is etched in stone. Given the way the game will be called this season allowing Djax to walk seems a grave mistake especially for nothing in return.

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