Jalen Mills, aka Agent Green, sees it. So does veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins. What they see is something that has been quietly overlooked by many Philadelphia Eagles fans and observers.
Mills and Jenkins have noticed that defensive lineman Brandon Graham is playing football at an All-Pro level.
“There’s no question about it,” Mills said. “I saw it when I was out [on the physically unable to perform list because of a severely sprained left foot].
“I see it now that I’m back. He’s playing at an extremely high level. You can’t help but be motivated by what what you see,” the Eagles cornerback added.
“People who watch film see it. He’s just playing consistent. That’s all we ask, stay consistent and everything is going to pan out. He’s going to get the attention he deserves. The main word we use is consistency. Next is detailing the little bitty things,” Mills said.
Jenkins, who is a three-time Pro Bowler, knows a little something about playing at an All-Pro level.
“Him and Fletcher [Cox] are doing what we ask them to do and more,” Jenkins said. “You look at the way they’ve been playing the last two games, they’re really starting to take over. They’re being disruptive up front. We’ve had some injuries up front and put some pressure on them to take over. They’ve answered the bell.”
Graham, who signed on March 1 a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Eagles through the 2021 season, is ringing the bell very loudly. He leads the Eagles in sacks with six and total tackles with 33 — 23 of which are solo efforts. He also has a fumble recovery, which occurred last week against the Buffalo Bills when he recorded a strip sack on quarterback Josh Allen.
“I’m just going out there and playing my hardest and my best on each play,” Graham said. “I’m doing what I can to help us win. It’s fun to watch on film. We have to stay together and remain committed.
“I watch the film and I’m always critiquing myself. I said that ‘dang, I can do do better than this.’ I am happy and being consistent with getting sacks. I just want to win. I’m feeling good. I’m 31. I feel like I’m young again.”
Now in his 10th NFL season, the 6-foot-2, 256-pounder knows he has been fortunate. The Eagles made the former University of Michigan standout their 13th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and his determination to be the best continues to build.
“Taking care of my body and having a good plan in practice has helped.” Graham said. “It also helps that I’ve also got two little ones that keep me going too.”