Dec 142010
Eagles DE Derrick Burgess

Eagles DE Derrick Burgess

By Justin Adkins:

Confirming the obvious, the Eagles today placed defensive end Brandon Graham on Injured Reserve, ending the rookie’s season.

Graham tore his ACL during Sunday night’s defeat of the Cowboys.

Though he started the year as a starter, Graham was soon replaced by veteran Juqua Parker in the starting lineup.  Graham served in more of a situational role, sometimes even moving inside to defensive tackle.  He had 3 sacks.

To take Graham’s spot on the roster, the team re-signed a familiar face, bringing former Eagles defensive end Derrick Burgess back to Philadelphia.

Not quite Cliff Lee coming back, but still.

Burgess flashed legit pass rushing skills in his four year tenure with the Eagles.  Unfortunately, chronic injuries kept him from fulfilling that potential.  Burgess, taken with the first pick in the third round of the 2001 draft, missed pretty much all of 2002 after injuring his foot in the season opener, and missed all of 2003 after injuring his Achilles tendon in the preseason.

This in turn caused the Eagles to let him walk after his rookie contract expired.

Burgess went on to a generally successful stint with the Raiders, impressively notching a league-leading 16 sacks in 2005.  After making two Pro Bowls while with Oakland, he was traded to the New England Patriots in 2009, where he started all 12 games he played in.  New England actually gave up third and fifth round picks for the veteran pass rusher.  

The 32 year old Burgess was released by the Patriots in the final round of cuts this season.

For his career, Burgess has 301 total tackles to go along with 52 sacks.  If he has anything left in the tank, he could provide another explosive option off the edge.

Juqua Parker will continue to start, with Darryl Tapp likely seeing more playing time.  Rookie Daniel Te’o Nesheim, a third-round pick in this past draft, will probably only see the field if Burgess is completely ineffective.

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