Philadelphia Eagles defensive end/linebacker Brandon Graham was fortunate enough to survive the final roster cuts this weekend.
Now, he hopes to at last grow into the pass-rushing force the Eagles always hoped he would be when they traded up to snatch him with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Graham came out of Michigan as one of the best outside pass rushers in college football. But his career in Philadelphia has been hindered by the lingering impact of a knee injury that ended his 2011 season after three games.
Graham enjoyed his best run as a pro in the final six games of 2012 when he recorded 21 solo tackles, 31 overall, four sacks, and nine quarterback hurries. His 5.5 sacks on the season tied for the team lead. He’s now making a conversion to outside linebacker, as is longtime veteran Trent Cole, and both players will be key in their Week 1 matchup against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.