One of the intended ripple effects from the addition of defensive end Brandon Graham with the 13th overall pick in this year's draft is that Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole will have more of an opportunity to exploit one-on-one matchups with opposing left tackles.
Cole, already exceedingly productive with his 12.5 sacks last season, is often the focus of opposing offensive coordinators' game plans. Throughout last year, Cole was constantly facing double- and sometimes triple-teams. So if Graham can become the kind of pass rushing demon that he was drafted to be, opposing offenses won't be able to key only on Cole.
"It takes a toll on your body the next day," Cole said, "when you have games like that and you're getting double-teamed, it takes a toll. It's a totally different game. It's not the same when you have double teams."
And what would it be like for Cole to be able to only have to beat one man?
"I couldn't even imagine," Cole said.
As for Graham, even though the pads have yet to come on, the rookie has impressed the Pro Bowler.
"So far, from what I've seen, he's a great player," Cole said. "He's all what they tell you he is: he's a hard worker, he doesn't stop, he's fast, he uses his hands and I like the way he's developed."
Of course, Cole and the rest of the Eagles universe will be able to gauge Graham's potential contributions better in training camp and in the preseason, but consider Cole hopeful that the team has a superstar pass-rushing duo of the future in place.
Meanwhile, as Cole bides his time until the team reports to training camp in late July, the self-described avid outdoorsman will be spending his vacation like he usually spends his free time - hunting and fishing. In fact, Cole's production company will debut his outdoor show "Blitz TV" on DirectTV's Pursuit Channel in July.
"People will get to see what I do in the off-season and see how (my friends and I) enjoy what we do," Cole said. "People are used to seeing me chase quarterbacks, now I get to chase big game and small game."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:01 p.m., June 12