Jimmy Graham TE NO 1 Month
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 NO 2 Months
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 NO 3 Months
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 NO 3 Months4 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 NO 3 Months8 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 NO 3 Months16 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.
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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 NO 3 Months
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.
Jimmy Graham TE NO 4 Months
Graham caught three passes on three targets for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Graham took a huge shot from Bengals' safety George Iloka early in the game and was seen cradling his arm as he left the field. He returned to the field soon thereafter but he was mainly held in check, with the rest of the Saints' offense likewise struggling as the Bengals' offense did an outstanding job controlling the clock and limiting possessions. Despite the underwhelming output, Graham remains one of the elite tight end options in the game, and he should have a better go of it in a Monday night tilt against the Ravens in Week 12.
Jimmy Graham TE NO 4 Months
Graham (shoulder) had 10 catches on 13 targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the 49ers.
Graham almost had a third touchdown on a 47-yard Hail Mary at the end of regulation, but he was called for offensive pass interference thanks to a slight push on cornerback Perrish Cox. After being heavily limited a few weeks ago due to his shoulder injury, Graham seems fully over it, catching 22 passes on 26 targets for 218 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games. Up next is a Bengals defense ranked in the bottom-half of the league against the pass this season.