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What they’re saying about the Eagles: Brandon Graham was better than you thought last year

July 14th, 2017 at 2:36 PM
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Pro Football Focus is a site that attempts to quantify the performance of individual NFL players, and if you have read them before, they don’t believe that raw sack numbers are the be-all, end-all in terms of evaluating pass rushers.

And to them, there is a player on the Eagles roster who gets underrated by sacks more than anyone in the entire NFL: Brandon Graham.

Graham – an edge defender who’s primary job is to rush the quarterback – finished this season ranked ninth overall in PFFs Top 101 Players despite tallying just six sacks. Yep, you read that correctly. We considered Graham to be one of the 10 best players in football last season despite ranking 18th among his position group alone in sacks. Why? Because despite the low sack total, Graham absolutely wrought havoc in the pocket last season, lots of it.

PFF’s general reasoning is fairly logical, as simply generating pressure is a huge positive for a defense: QBs who are pressured have a much lower passer rating and are much more prone to throwing interceptions. And anybody who watched the bulk of the 2016 Eagles schedule wouldn’t argue that Graham played very well most of the year. Earl Thomas, who?

Still, it wouldn’t hurt if he got the Eagles’ top …

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