He knew what was coming, so he politely declined interviews at first.
But around 20 minutes later, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham was cornered again by a relentless media horde and succumbed, smiling. Always smiling.
Standing just outside the NovaCare Complex after Thursday's practice during this week's organized team activities, Graham stared down the barrel of intense cross-examination about his fit in the team's 3-4 defense and his future with the organization.
The team's first-round draft pick in 2010 could have blamed his tenuous position on just plain bad luck and awful circumstances, and he might have been accurate, but he didn't.
He also chose not to bring up the season-ending ACL injury as a rookie that essentially ruined his second season as well. Nor did he mention having to learn a new position after the team switched to a 3-4 base defense last year under a new coaching staff, which came in after he finally proved in six starts at the end of 2012 how ef...