I probably shouldn’t write this–because it appears Eagles third-year defensive end Brandon Graham plays better when nobody believes in him–but it’s beginning to look like the Eagles’ 2010 first-round pick may not turn about to be a bust afterall.
It was Graham who led the way with a career best 2.5 sacks as the Eagles’ defensive line finally played like the unit it was billed as back in training camp. Graham, who has seen increased playing time with the departure of Jason Babin, now has 5.5 sacks (the same as Babin prior to his release) for the season and is showing signs of being a consistently disruptive force on the field. His six tackles, three hurries, and forced fumble are a testament that. He also drew multiple holding penalties.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has certainly noticed the resurgent Graham.
“He’s getting better as it goes,” Bowles said. “Every week he’s gaining confidence. The more he plays the better he feels. So he’s getting better.”
Here’s hoping as the horror show of the 2012 season winds down that Graham continues to assert himself as the Pro-Bowl caliber defensive the Eagles thought he could be when they selected him over the Giants Jason Pierre-Paul.