How much easier will life become now that the Philadelphia Eagles have an expected compliment to his skills, a player who can take some of the pressure off Trent Cole to help aid him in getting to the QB?
Well, if rookie DE Brandon Graham pans out like everyone hopes he will, life will be melted butter for the Pro Bowl defensive end, Cole.
In 2009, Cole's presence required a double team, sometimes a triple team, to stop him from getting to the opposing QB—having Graham around to help make some noise in the backfield will pay huge dividends to Cole in 2010 and the unforeseen future!
So far through this series of mini camps and OTAs, Graham has been opening eyes left and right, yep he's opening both eyes within the organization. Cole, however, is the man who will reap the most benefits if Graham can produce as anticipated.
Bo Wulf of the Philadelphia Eagles "bloghead" sat down for a discussion with Cole as the OTAs wrapped up and Mr. Cole seems to have extremely high hopes for Graham and sees a tremendous amount of potential in the young man.
"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"
I mentioned in an earlier article how tackle King Dunlap said he was pleased with Grahams progress but how I wanted a more proven veteran to say the same thing—I, and every other Eagle fan got their wish with Coles' remarks!
Obviously, we all must wait until the pads go on during training camp to really be able to gauge Graham's skills, but hearing Cole say he is happy with his progress is enough for me right now.
In non related football news: Trent Cole will be spending his vacation being the hunter he is, on and off the field, which is obvious with his "pulling back the bow" whenever he gets a sack.
Training camp is right around the bend folks, get ready for your first glimpse of the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles.
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