Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham is the most impactful edge rusher in the NFL

Having a breakout campaign in 2016, Brandon Graham is the Eagles and NFL's most impactful pass rusher.

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Sep 25, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) reacts to a stop against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Only four other edge rushers in the entire NFL last season made more of an impact in each game he played than the Eagles own Brandon Graham.


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Having a breakout campaign last season for Philadelphia, Brandon Graham accounted for 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. When the Eagles needed their defensive line to make a play, most of the time, it was Graham that ended up making the big play for the Eagles.

Also, according to PFF, Graham finished second last season when pressuring the quarterback, totaling 83 quarterback rushes last season. If you watched the Eagles, you saw Graham in the backfield constantly. Sometimes, the statistics lie because regardless of the sack numbers and total pressures, Graham looked virtually unblockable last season. He really made a huge jump from the past couple of season with the Eagles.

Because of his great year, for the first time in his career, Graham was named to the second team All-Pro team. And, most recently, Graham was honored by his fellow NFL peers when they named him the 93rd best player in the league.

This is only the beginning for a player who has been revitalized by Jim Schwartz. Brandon Graham can only build off of the incredible season he had last year and should be even more of a defensive force in 2017.

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