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White House Visit: Brandon Graham Outs Angry Eagles Fan

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

I don’t have to tell you that the Philadelphia Eagles’ June 5th White House visit is a polarizing topic.

Some fans think the team should go, others don’t, and a third portion doesn’t care one way or another, seeing the pending trip to Washington as an individual choice.

On Instagram today, Brandon Graham published a letter he received from an Eagles fan who was extremely pissed off at the defensive end and his “asshole” teammates.

Here’s the letter in its entirety:

“You have my complete and utter contempt.” 

sincerely,

<redacted>

For what it’s worth, Doug Pederson spoke about the visit today and said the decision to go or not to go will be left to each player individually.

Report: Eagles, Brandon Graham Working on an Extension

Chris Jastrzembski - November 26, 2017

This is a good nugget from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:

Graham is signed through 2018, but the Eagles realize his value to the team and are known for trying to extend their core players this time of year, before the season ends. They are hopeful of completing an extension for the pass rusher, and have an ongoing dialogue with his representatives. The Eagles gave an indication of their opinion of Graham, a first-round pick in 2010, before the season when they added some incentives to his contract. He’s been something of a late bloomer, but a player who fits very well in their scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz and who is having a career year.

With defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan signed to new contracts, Howie Roseman appears to be shifting to the ends. And in the last couple of seasons, Graham has made himself one of the NFL’s elite at the position. And Jim Schwartz’s Wide-9 scheme has benefitted the 29-year-old.

He has six sacks this year and inching towards his career-high 6.5 sacks set two years ago. He’s also one of the best in quarterback hurries and knockdowns, leading the league in that category last season. Continue Reading

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Eagles – Bucs: 6 Good Things That Turned Bad

Mark Saltveit - November 22, 2015

A lot went wrong in this game, obviously. All of the Eagles linebackers were terrible, which is why Tampa broke big runs in the first half. Kiko Alonso gave up a TD to an unknown TE (Cameron Brate) that he was covering just by not turning around. On a third and three from the eight yard line.

The Bucs kept making big plays with simple formations that Philadelphia couldn’t adjust to, empty sets and Stanford-style extended offensive lines. Vincent Jackson scored a TD on a play where he and a TE were the only likely receivers. The odds were about 97% that they were passing to Jackson, but the Eagles played off of him and it was an easy TD. There was no reason not to double team him. Hell, triple team him.

But the most frustrating part of the game for me was how even the good things that happened for Philly just set up worse things to follow.

1. Near miss turnovers.

The Eagles gamble on a lot of turnovers, and often do well by it. They lead the NFL in forced fumbles. But it can also bite them.

At the start of the second quarter, the Eagles forced two fumbles in a stretch of three plays, but couldn’t come up with the ball. At least that resulted in a punt.

Near the end of the first half, the Birds batted down (and nearly intercepted) two passes — after which Charles Sims made an amazing catch for a touchdown on the next play. Byron Maxwell tried for an interception at the one yard line instead of breaking up Sims’ catch, which he easily could have done with a hard hit. Touchdown, Tampa Bay with 1:05 left in first half.

2. Over-aggressive play.

The Eagles clearly gave up in the second half, or (at least for the defense) maybe were just too exhausted to play hard. But when they did throw themselves into the game , that often helped the Bucs too.

Zach Ertz knocked himself out of the game attempting to vault over a defender on a shot pass that wasn’t going anywhere. He flipped and landed painfully on his head and neck, suffering a concussion. With only four days until the next game on Thanksgiving, there’s no way he’ll clear the protocol in time to play against Detroit.

There were three neutral zone infractions by linemen trying to get a jump on the pass rush, and one by Brandon Graham in the first half extended the drive that later included Doug Martin’s 58 yard run, and the Bucs first touchdown.

3. Josh Huff trying to do it all.

Huff had a great 39-yard catch and run for the Bird’s first touchdown, and 40- and 30-yard kick returns. But he also ran out a couple of kickoffs he probably should have downed. That resulted in a Philadelphia drives that started at the 8, and a weird confused handoff attempt with Riley Cooper that only got to the 16. Last year, he got injured and missed the first part of the season attempting to make something happen on a similar deep kick in a preseason game.
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I Just Don’t Get It

test - April 23, 2010

  

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At first glance you may think I'm going to take this opportunity to question the eagles on why they would draft Brandon Graham, if so, you are wrong.  I'll admit, if you were one of the 8 people to read my draft post I didn't have this guy on my "Players the Eagles would trade up for" list.  That was because they listed him as a LB and not a LB/DE and after the Eagles traded for Sims I couldn't see them trading up for an LB.

I spent the night at the bar last night, watching the first round and enjoying beverages, when the Eagles traded up i won't lie, I fully expected them to draft Derrick Morgan and then…. they didn't.  I knew a lot about the DE, DB prospects that I expected the Eagles to draft but knew nothing about Graham, apparently everyone at the bar, and on my Facebook however knew everything about him.  I read/heard 178 times that he's "undersized", the eagles wasted a pick, why trade up?, what the hell just happened, wheres Earl Thomas?  A whole bunch of riff raff.

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