Giants a pushover? Brandon Graham warns Eagles not so fast

Giants a pushover? Brandon Graham warns Eagles not so fast

Brandon Graham sees the film, just like everybody else sees the film. He sees the stats, just like everybody else sees the stats. He sees the standings, just like everyone else.
And he keeps reminding his teammates not to get caught up in any of it.
"As the leader, I'm trying to make sure everybody just has the mindset of, 'Let's just do what we do,'" Graham said. "If we prepare well, we'll play well.
"Don't worry about what the stats say. Don't worry about what they've done in the past. Just go out there and let's do us and we'll figure everything out Sunday as we play."
The Eagles face the Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Linc in their home opener. The Eagles are 1-1 but looking for a 2-0 NFC East start.
The Giants are 0-2 and have one touchdown, 13 points and just 503 yards of offense after losses to the Cowboys and Lions.
The last team to score one touchdown in its first two games and reach the playoffs was the 2003 Eagles.
"We're trying to not focus on how they struggled because they're not going to struggle against us unless we make them," Graham said. "Unless we go out there and do what we do. And that's what we try to preach each week.
"Because you get excited sometimes when you see other teams doing what they do, but it doesn't ever work out the same way you know when you play a certain team. You think you're supposed to beat them because this team beat them and you beat that team? But it don't matter. On any given Sunday, and that's the truth."
The Giants are allowing a sack every 11.4 pass plays, fifth-worst in the NFL. The Eagles are recording a sack every 11.8 pass plays, third-best in the NFL.

They should feast on this O-line (see 5 matchups to watch).
The Eagles have won 13 of the last 17 meetings with the Giants. When the Eagles record two or more sacks, they're 7-1 vs. the Giants since 2009.
The Giants, last in the NFL in rushing this year, have just four rushing TDs against the Eagles in the last 14 meetings. 
The Giants have only four offensive touchdowns in five games at the Linc since 2012.
"We're going to try to beat them while they're down, but we know they're going to fight because it's us," Graham said. "That's why I love this game. Because it don't matter what we did last week, we've got another opportunity to make up for last week, get better at what we didn't get better at.
"I'm sure that's their mindset. We know they want to get back in the winning column and we just don't want it to start with us."
Graham has 2½ sacks so far, Fletcher Cox has two and Tim Jernigan 1½. Mychal Kendricks and Chris Long also have sacks for the Eagles.
On Sunday, Vinny Curry will draw struggling Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers.
But really, this entire Eagles defensive line has played well so far.
Last year, like this year, the Eagles started out fast up front. The defensive line had 12 sacks in the first four games then recorded just eight in the next eight games.
Graham said the key to maintaining that pressure this year will be forgetting who is getting the sacks and just concentrating on playing sound team ball.
"I think we kind of got away (from that)," he said. "We were stressing too much about the sacks instead of just working together.
"Right now we're just focusing on just working together. Working together as a group. And if we do that, the sacks are going to come if we are where we're supposed to be.
"I think it's just nice because everybody's not focused on me and Fletch. Everybody's focused on Vinny and Timmy Jernigan and Chris Long, DB (Derek Barnett). We have a bunch of guys who can come in and get the job done as well as the first group."
Graham and Cox will always be the focus of opposing offenses. But unlike last year, when they were really the only legit sack producers up front, they have help this year.
"They kind of still slide to me and Fletch, but when Timmy got his sack, they started sliding Timmy's way," Graham said. "Then when I got my sack because I had 1-on-1 with my guy. they started sliding my way.
"It's up to whoever gets the 1-on-1 to make the play. I try to take two so I can help one of my guys get a 1-on-1 and get freed up. Hopefully, it's Fletch because I know if he gets a 1-on-1 you know he's going to dominate every time.
"I feel the same way about everybody in this group. For me, I'm not really worried about if I get doubled or tripled, because I know somebody's open. I just hope they make the play."
The Eagles can go a long way toward knocking the Giants out of the NFC East race early with a win Sunday.
The Eagles are just 4-7 in their last 11 home openers.
"It's big," Graham said. "We're trying to go 2-0 in the NFC East and 2-1 overall.
"When you look back on seasons, you can't let games like this slip. When teams are down like this, they're going to give us their best shot, so we've got to be ready."

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).