Graham had two fourth-quarter sacks in the Eagles’ win over the Redskins.
It seems Brandon Graham has picked up right where 2016 left off.
The former Michigan star has developed into one of the NFL’s top defensive linemen, and Graham kicked off the new season with two sacks of Washington QB Kirk Cousins in Philadelphia’s 30-17 victory.
Only Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell (four) had more sacks in Week 1.
Graham was second-team All-Pro last season for the Eagles, who made him a first-round draft pick back in 2010. At Michigan, Graham had 29.5 career sacks and was an All-American in 2009.
In his eighth NFL season, Graham now has 31 career sacks.
With his first one Sunday, he also forced a Cousins fumble, which was scooped up by Fletcher Cox and returned for a Philadelphia touchdown. He had another sack on the Redskins’ next drive to help seal the game.
“The biggest thing we talk about is like, ‘Who was going to be that guy in the end to be the big man?'” Graham told reporters. “The superstars make the plays in the end. It don’t matter who it is. But we just go out there. It happened to be me this time. But it could be Fletch next time, it could be Vinny (Curry) next time.”