Jimmy Graham TE SEA 4 months ago3 Comments
Graham (shoulder) will be traded to the Seahawks along with a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports.
Graham will have another interesting offseason, after last year's franchise-tag saga ended with a four-year, $40 million contract. Following a somewhat disappointing injury-plagued campaign, the 28-year-old tight end will join an offense that's far different from the one he's grown accustomed to in New Orleans. While it would seem that targets are much harder to come by in Seattle's run-heavy scheme, Graham will likely gobble up a large portion of the available looks. It'll be interesting to see how the Seahawks adjust, as the team has primarily utilized inline tight ends with strong run-blocking skills in recent seasons. Graham will never fit that bill, but it still shouldn't be too hard to keep both him and Marshawn Lynch happy and productive. The Saints now have a gaping hole in their passing game, but they at least managed to get a nice return in the shocking trade. Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks should see more targets in Graham's absence, with 31-year-old Marques Colston now looking at slightly better odds to have a bounce-back season. Josh Hill could perhaps take over as the top tight end, but New Orleans may also opt to address the position via the draft and/or free agency.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 4 months ago1 Comment
The Saints and Seahawks are trying to finalize a trade that would send Graham (shoulder) and a fourth-round draft pick to Seattle in exchange for center Max Unger and a fourth-round pick, NFL.com's Ian Rapaport reports.
After signing a four-year, $40 million contract in July, Graham had a moderately disappointing season while limited by a shoulder injury. It's still unclear whether he will need offseason surgery, but an announcement should be coming within the next few weeks. If this trade does end up happening, Graham will transition from a pass-oriented offense to arguably the league's most run-heavy scheme, though Seattle would likely pass more often with a weapon of Graham's caliber to target. There also isn't a ton of competition for Russell Wilson's attention in Seattle, with Doug Baldwin the closest thing the team has to a go-to receiver.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 5 months ago
Graham said that his shoulder feels great after three weeks of rest. He'll continue to rehab the shoulder for the next four weeks before officially determining whether or not to undergo surgery, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Graham didn't miss any games, but he was criticized near the end of the season for appearing to favor his injured shoulder while attempting to catch balls. The exact injury has never been revealed but it was reported to be a sprain. It appears rehab and rest may be enough to heal the injury, but until the Saints officially come to a decision on whether or not he's going to undergo surgery, some concern will remain.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 6 months ago
Graham had six catches on a team-high nine targets for 54 yards during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Expectations were very high for Graham at the beginning of the season after he had 86 catches on 143 targets for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, but he failed to live up to those lofty goals, especially after being severely limited in a number of games due to a shoulder injury. He had two games this season without a single catch, while failing to break the 100-yard mark after he went for 118 in Week 2. He did finish with double-digit touchdowns for the third time in the last four years, though he had only one in the last five games of the season. Graham continues to be an upper-tier fantasy tight end, and he could return to his previous totals next year if he can stay healthy.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 6 months ago
Graham had six catches on 10 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown, but he lost a fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter that would have brought the Saints to within six points during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Replays appeared to show that Graham may have broken the plane before fumbling, but the call on the field was a fumble and there was no conclusive evidence that a touchdown was scored, so the ruling on the field stood. It would have been Graham's fourth game this season with two scores, but it ended up as only one touchdown on the day, his first since Week 12. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bucs, who Graham had two catches on five targets for 36 yards against back in Week 5.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 6 months ago4 Comments
Graham caught 5-of-7 targets for 87 yards in Monday's 31-15 win over the Bears.
Graham got a hand on both of the targets he couldn't haul in, with one of those coming in the end zone. Neither was an especially egregious drop, but he was pretty close to having his first big game since Week 12. Graham still managed his second-best yardage total of the season, and he draws a favorable Week 16 matchup with the Falcons. Back in Week 1, he caught 8-of-10 targets for 82 yards in a shootout loss to the Falcons.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 7 months ago8 Comments
Graham caught three passes on 11 targets for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Unlike last week when he didn't see even a single target, Graham was targeted heavily in the Saints' lopsided loss, but his efficiency left much to be desired. The Saints' offense has been inexplicably up-and-down all year, and it's difficult to say why it's been such a struggle to get the ball Graham of late. For fantasy owners still lucky enough to still be playing for something next week, the silver lining is that Week 15 brings a favorable matchup against a Bears' defense that has really struggled in the second half of this season.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 7 months ago16 Comments
Graham played 31 of the Saints' 56 offensive snaps, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The Saints' offensive snap total was low to start, as the Steelers dominated the time of possession, but Graham's playing time was curiously curtailed, as he was out-snapped by backup tight end Ben Watson (41 snaps). The Saints' run-heavy attack - particularly in the fourth quarter - might have had something to do with Graham's low snap count, as the team attempted to salt away the clock with a double-digit fourth quarter lead. The zero-catch game likely couldn't have come at a worse time for many fantasy owners, but barring news regarding some unreported injury, fantasy owners lucky enough to still be playing next week likely won't have any choice but to roll with Graham given his immense upside in a Week 13 home game against a porous Carolina secondary.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 7 months ago6 Comments
Graham failed to get a single target during Sunday's 35-32 win over the Steelers.
Pittsburgh based its entire game plan on keeping the ball out of Graham's hands, and while they succeeded on that front, they failed everywhere else against the pass, as quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdowns, all to different players. That certainly doesn't make fantasy owners feel any better after Graham put up a donut in a vitally important week in the fantasy schedule, though maybe opponents will realize that stopping Graham doesn't mean stopping the Saints. He'll look to bounce back in Week 14 against the Panthers, who have allowed the fifth-most receiving touchdowns this season.
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 7 months ago
Graham caught 6-of-10 targets for 47 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.
Graham was largely contained for a second straight week, only this time he managed to score two touchdowns, bringing his season-long total to nine. He While opponents have done a nice job of limiting him to shorter gains this season, Graham is still on pace for 95 receptions and 13 touchdowns, which is about what was expected before the season. His pace for 974 receiving yards would leave him well short of last season's 1,215, as he has surprisingly recorded just 10.3 yards per catch.