By Harry Allisohis pick just to get on the field.
But that was during Andy Reid’s last few years as Eagles coach, when the Birds played a 4-3 D and Graham suffered a horrible ACL injury.
But now that the Eagles are playing a 3-4 and Graham has solidified his position as a key linebacker with a nice, new contract:
“Double digits,” Graham said when asked if he had a number of sacks he was shooting for in his first season as a starter.
After being asked to elaborate, Graham set the bar for his season even higher.
“My goal is two per game,” Graham said. “We play 16 games, right? … What’s 16 times two? 32? okay … Alright.
Michael Strahan holds NFL’s single-season sack record with 22.5 back in 2001. Graham aspires to reign in ten more this season.
“This is how I’m thinking about it … Out of 70 plays per game, why not? Why not two per game? I don’t care how they come. As long as they come.”
Graham finished with 5.5 sacks last season playing part time, primarily as a pass rusher behind Trent Cole last season.
With Cole departing for Indianapolis via free agency, Graham is stepping into a full-time role for the first time since the Eagles made him their first-round pick in 2010 over the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Earl Thomas.
“I try not to think about the critics too much,” Graham said. “But you know that’s always on my mind. I want to shut people up all the time. I know what I can do and I just want to go out there and do it on every snap.”