After the hiring of Billy Davis and the signings of players like Connor Barwin and Isaac Sopoaga, it became clear that the Eagles are going to run some variation of the 3-4 defense. This raised many questions about personnel, but the main question revolved around where players like Trent Cole and Brandon Graham will play in the Eagles new defense.
Earlier this off season, Graham said he was preparing to make the switch to become an OLB in the 3-4 defense by dropping his weight to 260 lbs ( he is currently 270 lbs). As of right now, Graham still doesn’t know what position he will play when the season starts, but what he does know is that he will play hard no matter what position he plays.
“I don’t know,” Graham said is regards to his position change. “There’s been a lot of talk around a lot of things, but I don’t really know where they want to put me at. All I know is wherever they put me, I’m going to go full out.”
Along with being asked about playing OLB, the other questions were about his size. Under Coach Reid, the Eagles drafted smaller players who could use their speed to get to the passer in a 4-3 defense, but Coach Kelly has shown, through free agency, that he likes bigger stronger guys, who can out muscle their opponents. Graham feels that as long as he makes plays, he’ll be on the field.
“If I make plays and I do what I’m supposed to do, I think all that will probably change,” he said. “I’ve been talked about all the time, me being under-sized, but I’m here today. All I can do is go hard, and everything else will pretty much take care of itself.”
Chip Kelly has been very “hush, hush” about what his plans are for the up coming season and the players are keeping quiet too. But what seems to be the key in to make Chip Kelly’s team is to play hard all the time and make some plays, something players last year had trouble doing.