Shayne Graham K NO 20 Days
The Saints re-signed Graham to a one-year contract, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.Graham made 19-of-22 field-goal attempts in 2014, but his limited range means the Saints will likely bring in competition. Despite his lack of leg strength, Graham could be a strong producer if he wins the job, given that he'll be tied to the New Orleans offense.
Shayne Graham K NO 2 Months
Graham made 19-of-22 field goal attempts for the Saints in 2014.
Though he was shaky in training camp and to start the year, Graham actually had a pretty good season, with his 86 percent conversion rate right in line with his career percentages. The problem, however, was the coaching staff simply didn't trust Graham's aging legs to make the longer kicks, as he only attempted on kick in excess of 50 yards all season. Graham is an unrestricted free agent, and given how close he was to losing the positional battle during training camp, it's not expected that he will return to New Orleans in 2015.
Shayne Graham K NO 3 Months
Graham made both of his field goal attempts - with a long of 34-yards - and converted on all three of his extra point kicks in Monday night's loss to the Ravens.
After a tumultuous preseason, Graham is quietly now 17-of-18 on field goals for the season. Though he's rarely been asked to kick from distance, he's proven to be a capable option for the Saints. Fantasy owners, however, may not be as enamored with his production, as he ranks just 14th in points scored among kickers. The main culprit for his mediocre output has been a Saints' offense that has been inconsistent, to say the least, and even when things are going well, rarely settles for field goals. Still, things may be looking up for Graham owners, as the Saints' remaining opponents feature some of the weaker defenses in the league, starting with a Week 13 matchup against the Steelers.
Shayne Graham K NO 4 Months
Graham was true on all three of his field goal attempts, with a long kick of 37-yards, in Sunday night's win against the Packers. He also tacked on five extra point attempts.
The Saints' offense played its most complete game of the season on Sunday, which is a good sign for Graham's owners. With five of the Saints' next eight games at home, where the team is averaging 34 points per game, Graham should continue to be a solid option in all fantasy leagues.
Shayne Graham K NO 4 Months
Graham was perfect on all three of his field goal attempts, including a long of 48-yards, in Sunday's loss to the Lions. He also converted two extra point attempts.
After missing an extra point and field goal in back-to-back weeks, Graham has nailed three field goals each of the last two games for the Saints, putting to rest any concerns regarding his job security for the time being. Still, the Saints' offense has uncharacteristically struggled this season - though it still ranks tenth in the league in points per game - but things could continue looking up for Graham's prospects, as four of the team's next five games are at home, where the Saints have historically performed better.
Shayne Graham K NO 5 Months3 Comments
Graham made a 30-yard field goal and tacked on two extra points, but he also missed a 41-yard field goal in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
A week after missing an extra point, Graham shanked a field goal attempt early in the second quarter when the game score was only 7-0. Graham's miss certainly didn't cost the Saints on a night where the team simply got trounced, but he certainly didn't solidify his job security after a shaky outing last week as well. A changing of the guard still seems unlikely but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Saints bring in some kicking competition for Graham this week to shake things up. Stay tuned.
Shayne Graham K NO 5 Months
Graham missed one of his three extra point attempts and did not attempt a field goal in Sunday's win against the Vikings.
Graham likely has some leash after emerging victorious from a tight kicking competition this offseason, but he did himself no favors with a low kick that was blocked on an extra point attempt. More importantly, with the Saints' offense in a rut, Graham hasn't been asked to do much through the first three games, accumulating only 18 total points. Still, Drew Brees and company have accrued enough goodwill to think that better days lie ahead for the offense, as well as Graham, and a Week 4 matchup against a porous Dallas defense may be the ideal place to start.
Shayne Graham K NO 6 Months
Graham was perfect on his lone field goal attempt, a 27-yard kick, in Sunday's loss to the Browns. He also tacked on three extra points.
After a ten-point week in the season opener, Graham's duties were scaled back as the Saints offense put up a largely subpar showing in Cleveland. Returning to the Superdome for the first time in 2014, however, should once again spark the offense, as the team averaged 34 points per game last year at home.
Shayne Graham K NO 6 Months
Graham nailed his only two field goal attempts in Sunday's opener in Atlanta, successfully converting from 31 and 50 yards out. He also tacked on four extra points.
After a hectic week in which he was mysteriously cut and then subsequently re-signed, it was important for Graham to start off on the right foot, and he did just that with a perfect afternoon. With the Saints' offense looking like the juggernaut many expected entering the season, Graham should continue to be a useful fantasy option.
Shayne Graham K NO 6 Months1 Comment
Head coach Sean Payton confirmed that the Saints decided to release Graham to "buy time" until they could use their short-term injured reserve designation on rookie linebacker Khairi Fortt, which wasn't allowed until Tuesday, reports ESPN.com. Graham was re-signed by New Orleans on Tuesday.
Despite the unusual decision to release both Graham and offseason his kicking competition, Derek Dimke, on Saturday before eventually re-signing Graham, Payton gave Graham a ringing endorsement on Wednesday. "We felt like he won that battle, and we felt like it was pretty clear,"said Payton of Graham. After going through so many highs and lows with kickers over the past eight years, the Saints understandably wanted a veteran kicker in their quest for the second championship in franchise history. As such, Graham should be a boon for fantasy owners, as the Saints offense is expected to be once again one of the best in the league.