As if Defensive Line coach Jim Washburn needed anymore weapons at his disposal, the Eagles have activated DE Brandon Graham from the Reserve/PUP list. To make room for Graham, they have released OG Kyle DeVan. Graham joins a group that already boasts the likes of Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Juqua Parker, Mike Patterson and Darryl Tapp. This group has finally started firing on all cylinders, wreaking havoc on opposing offenses and putting their secondary in position to create turnovers.
The Eagles traded up 11 spots in the 2010 draft in order to take Graham with the 13th overall pick. The talented defensive end out of Michigan played in 13 games last year, including 6 starts, before tearing his ACL against the Cowboys on December 12. Before his rookie campaign was cut short, he recorded 18 tackles, 3 sacks and added 2 forced fumbles. The highly touted Michigan product will surely add even more depth to an already explosive Philadelphia defensive line. His presence will allow them to rotate even more frequently, keeping the talented group fresher and providing them the ability to annihilate opposing linemen.
The activation of Graham could not have come at a better time, as the Eagles face a turnover-prone Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. While it’s likely it will take him some time to get acclimated to the speed of the game again, Graham is likely to make an instant impact on an already stout Philadelphia defense.