• January 25, 2022

Early On, LB’s Brandon Graham And Phillip Hunt Looking Good In Workouts

One of the most important moves of this training camp is the transformation of a number of former Eagles defensive ends to outside linebackers.  This is needed for the Birds to be able to change from a 4-3 defensive front into a 3-4 defensive alignment.  They need Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Phillip Hunt to become effective outside linebackers.

So far in this training camp, Graham and Hunt have been impressive in the transition, but veteran Cole hasn’t been nearly as effective.

Cole hasn’t been able to cover any of the tight ends during the one-on-one battles in pass coverage.  He’s been a step or two late in every battle, whether the receiver is going inside or outside.  Even more importantly than his attempts in pass coverage, Cole hasn’t been able to get to the quarterback in the pass rush drills.  Last year Cole was able to come down with only three quarterback sacks, so this is going to be a big preseason for him because he’s got to prove to Chip Kelly and company that he can still get to the quarterback.

Graham was starting to come into his own last year when he registered 5.5 quarterback sacks in only 220 quarterback snaps, which is an amazing stat.

During yesterday’s practice, number 55 came off the ball like a blur during the one-on-one pass rush drills and went by number one draft pick Lane Johnson on his way to the quarterback.  He looks quicker at 260 pounds.  The former Michigan Wolverine came inside one time on his pass rush and outside around the corner on the other.  Both times he reached the quarterback.

In the one-on-one pass coverage drills yesterday, Graham stood out by running with a couple of the tight ends.

Hunt ran right over one of the offensive linemen during the one-on-one pass rush competition.  It was an amazing show of brute strength to see the offensive lineman buckle as Hunt came in on his pass rush.

It’s still early in the process and today the Birds will put on the pads for the first time, so we’ll get the chance to see how Cole, Graham and Hunt will play with the all the equipment on them.

I also like what I’ve seen of Chris McCoy, who was signed by the Birds in the off season as a free agent.  McCoy is a very good athlete, with great size and speed.  He’s been impressive as a blitzer and coverage linebacker, so far in the workouts.

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5 Comments

  • Trade Cole to Atlanta for a conditional draft pick.

  • IMO – pass rush OLB was Graham’s true position all along. Unfortunately, Reid (the master of playing guys out of position) drafted him to be a 4-3 DE. I think Graham has 8-12 sacks this year from that spot and does a solid job of setting the edge in the run game as well.

  • Good work G-Man and I agree with you Everz11 and believe Graham is poised for a big season Playing opposite OLB Barwin
    I like this McCoy fella from Canada.
    How does LB Acho look thus far…and I don’t believe Trent Cole makes the 53 Man Roster and would be difficult to trade due to his Salary so the Eagles will probably have to hang on to him in cases of Injury, if not, then will be released

  • If Graham and Cox can step up to their potential. The Eagles front seven will be ok. I’ve always said your draft is where you get your beast and free agency is where you plug you holes. Like Connor Barwin, I like Barwin but I expect him to be a good solid player. But I truly expect Graham and Cox to be the staples of the defense.

  • After I thought about this some more I remember Demeco Ryans looking so-so in the pre-season games and then playing lights out in the regular season. Cole may only shake out in the first pre-season game.

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