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DE Graham Gets Some Reps With First-Team Defense

Defensive end Brandon Graham has been very impressive in his first two preseason games. In addition to his first quarterback sack, which came Friday night against Cincinnati, Graham has three tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. He almost got to the quarterback on a few other occasions in the first two games.

Well, it looks like the coaches are impressed with how the team's top draft pick has performed thus far as well. Graham said prior to Monday afternoon's practice that he would be getting some practice reps with the first-team defense at left defensive end. The players will be available following practice.

Graham received some reps with the first-team defense in training camp and has played with the first-team nickel defense.

Listed at 6-2, 268 pounds, Graham has done an amazing job of utilizing his quickness and ability to play low to the ground to get to the quarterback. Graham was tough for the Eagles offensive linemen to defend at Lehigh.

The 13th-overall pick in the draft, Graham was a pass-rush demon at Michigan where he finished his career with 29.5 sacks, 56 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also blocked a pair of punts and returned a blocked kick for a touchdown. He was named the team's MVP in back-to-back seasons becoming the first defensive player in school history to accomplish the feat.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:55 p.m., August 23

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