Chipping Away At Free Agency

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Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Bryan Braman (50) looks at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Alex Tanney (7) after a sack in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


The Eagles have added three players who, at first glance, appear to be special team specialists.  But in Chip Kelly’s vision, each player will compete for playing time on the field.   And with their signing, they are expected to push other players for a starting role.  But who are  outside linebacker Bryan Braman, safety Malcolm Jenkins, safety  Chris Maragos, and  cornerback Nolan Caroll?

OLB Bryan Braman – Bryan Braman is a 6-foot-5, 241-pound free agent with Houston who signed in 2011 and in 2012 was a Pro Bowl alternate on special teams after blocking two punts for the Texans, returning one for a touchdown.   When you look at the preseason games in 2013 (where prospects are given playing time to earn a roster spot), you see a player who made 10 tackles, 6 solo, and 3 sack in part time duty.    To get a true assessment of the contribution of this guy, let’s see what he says about the infamous no-helmet tackle against  the Tennessee Titans:

“The play had started and the guy that I was supposed to be blocking had a pretty good hold on me.  Joe Marciano will call it “the lobster arm”, and he’ll get the lobster arms on you.  So i was struggling with this going down the field and our arms got tangled up and my helmet ended up coming off.  so he stopped, probably figuring my helmet was off, and somehow (returner) mariani  made it to the sidelines and I got there and kind of helped him out of bounds.”- Bryan Braman as shown on “Off the Turf with Scurf” an interview with Nick Scurfield.

Braman joins former Houston Texan linebackers Conner Barwin and Demeco Ryans on the team as he becomes the seventh former Texan to join the Eagles. Braman will also join tight end James Casey, cornerback Roc Carmichael, punter Donnie Jones and receiver Jeff Maehl, all of whom are former Texans.

The most fitting quote of this year was a reponse to the question about Braman’s mindset on special teams.  His “Kill, Maim, Destroy” showed both the commitment and the levity that is so critical to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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