Graham recorded four tackles (three solo), two sacks and a forced fumble in Sunday's victory over Washington. The Eagles' deep defensive line came up huge to begin the season, with Graham leading the way. He also led the line in snaps, playing 43 of 63, tied with Fletcher Cox. Graham continues to be one of the top DLs in the game and will try and keep the momentum going next week against the Chiefs at home.
Graham (triceps) was able to fully participate in Eagles' practice Wednesday. Graham has been slowed down by a triceps strain since mid-August. The team never viewed the injury as serious, so his presence at practice Wednesday was unsurprising. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to start at defensive end for Sunday's season opener against the Redskins.
Graham is expected to sit out offseason activities until he successfully renegotiates a new contract with the Eagles, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Graham signed a four-year, $26 million contract in 2015, which will pay out $6.5 million in both of the next two years. He's coming off a season in which he led the NFL in pressures and tallied a career high in tackles to go with 5.5 sacks. The 29-year-old figures to improve on those numbers in his second year in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, but wants to be paid commensurate with his expected production. His status at camp will have to be monitored heading into OTAs, which begin May 23.
Graham said he is working on his technique, and his goal in 2017 will be to "get the quarterback down" more often, Zach Berman of Philly.com reports. In a season in which he led the NFL in pressures and posted a career high in tackles, Graham still only accrued 5.5 sacks in 2016. The Eagles hope his second year at end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense will be a breakthrough season for the 29-year-old in that department. However, where he lines up will be key, as he could step into the void left by Connor Barwin at right end and would then face the most talented offensive linemen in the league. Further complicating the matter is whether the Eagles will use the draft to add yet another end to a fold that already has Graham, Chris Long and Vinny Curry vying for playing time.
Graham had two tackles in the Eagles Week 17 win over the Cowboys. Graham's two tackles Sunday were part of his 59 on the season, a new career high for the seven-year veteran. He also recorded 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass defensed this season, right around his career average in each category. He'll enter the third year of his four-year contract next season.
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