TE Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
HT: 6-6, WT: 260, Born: 11-23-1986, College: Miami (Fla.), Drafted: Round 3
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: E Lacy (6), P Manning (7), Jimmy Graham (8), D Thomas (9), M Lynch (10)
Position: Jimmy Graham (8 - TE1), J Thomas (29-TE2), R Gronkowski (30-TE3)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: E Lacy (6), D Thomas (7), Jimmy Graham (8), D Bryant (9), P Manning (10)
Position: Jimmy Graham (8 - TE1), R Gronkowski (27-TE2), J Thomas (29-TE3)
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Jimmy Graham is an exceptional athlete that came into the NFL with very little experience after playing football only one year at the University of Miami, and that after he had played basketball for four years. In his one collegiate season, he caught only 17 passes and similarly, started slowly in his 2010 rookie NFL season. He had only 3 targets and 1 catch for 11 yards in his first five games. However, he closed out his rookie year well, catching 30 passes on 41 targets for 345 yards and 5 TDs, giving a hint of production to come. From 2011 through 2013, Graham led the Saints in targets (447), receptions (270), yardage (3,507) and TDs (36). He has missed only one game and consistently comes up huge for his team on big downs and in the red zone. Graham signed a four-year $40 Million contract in July with $20.9 Million guaranteed and will again be Brees' primary target in 2014.
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Jimmy Graham was the most frequent target for Drew Brees in the Saints first game. He only had two targets in the first half catching one for 21 yards, including a nice run after the catch. He had the majority of his production in the third quarter. During the Saints first scoring drive of the second half, he converted a first down on a seven yard gain and followed that with an excellent catch that went for a touchdown. The pass was thrown a little low, but Graham went down to make the catch and immediately pivoted toward the goal line, making a nice cut to stay in bounds and leaping into the end zone. He later had another reception for ten yards in the same quarter.
Week 2 - Jimmy Graham absolutely shredded the Bucs, accumulating over 150 yards receiving before halftime. On the Saints second drive after the rain delay, Graham caught three passes in a row, the last of which went for 56 yards and a score. He lined up in the slot and ran right by a LB completely uncovered up the seam. Graham was running free for most of the first half, which obviously frustrated the Bucs defenders. Graham took a vicious helmet hit from S Ahmad Black on a dropped catch over the middle that resulted in a personal foul penalty. But Graham could not be intimidated and he almost scored a second TD two plays later running free down the seam, but was tackled just short of the goal line. Graham was fairly quiet in the second half until he caught a crucial pass late in the fourth quarter that helped set up a Garrett Hartley game-winning field goal. Grahamís 10 receptions easily led the team, and he was the only player on the Saints that the Bucs didnít have an answer for.
Week 3 - TE Jimmy Graham was targeted frequently and made the most of his opportunities. On his second reception, he ducked under the would-be tackler and turned up field for additional yardage and a first down. Graham escaped zone coverage and made a nice reception for a 21-yard gain on a nice throw by Brees late in the second quarter moving the ball to the 29-yard line. Brees showed the trust that he has in Graham by lofting one up to him at the goal line even as he was well covered by Yeremiah Bell. Graham outmuscled Bell and made a nice catch for his third TD reception on the season. Both his strength and athleticism were on full display on that play. Graham started the second half just like he ended the first with a nice reception. He later made a nice move to shake Mathieu and collect a perfectly thrown ball for a 29-yard gain. Mathieu was no match for Graham as he slid toward the sideline to take in another strike by Brees for 19-yards.Graham made a nice catch at the three yard line with Patrick Peterson covering and bulled his way through the tackle for his second TD on the day. Graham was Brees' favorite receiver on the day by far, totaling 15 targets, nine catches for 134 yards and 2 TDs.
Week 4 - Graham went high right at the goal line and came down with a nice 27-yard TD on his first reception of the night. Grahamís next outstanding play was a deep route reception down the seam that he hauled in and scored on a one-play 43 yard TD drive. He had another nice reception in the fourth quarter after the Saints had a little success in the running game on a come-back pattern for another first down inside the red zone.
Week 5 - Jimmy Graham was targeted twice on the initial drive catching both passes for first downs. Graham made his fourth catch on a third down, but was hit immediately by two defenders and came up a yard short of converting the first down. Graham finally found some room deep mid-way through the second quarter catching a quick pass over the middle that included a nice run after the catch bowling down the Bear defender making the tackle after a gain of 29 yards. Two plays later, Graham was well covered but made the catch on a perfectly thrown ball by Brees which dropped right over the defender into Graham's hands for a gain of 38 yards setting the team up with a first and goal. For the game, he was the leader for the Saints in targets with 11 and receptions with 10, for a game leading 135 yards, but did not score for the first time this season.
Week 6 - Jimmy Graham was covered almost early by Aqib Talib, who played Graham very physical and kept him from having a first half reception, even though he was targeted four times. Even though Talib was injured early in the second half, Graham got only two targets in the second half and did not catch a pass, and left the game early with a foot injury.
Week 8 - Jimmy Graham was active, even after being considered a long shot to play. He is dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia and played a limited number of snaps. He did not seem to be seriously impacted by the pain associated with his injury. Graham caught a quick out on his first pass for a gain of 9 yards. Graham's next reception came on a post pattern at the 3-yard line and Graham powered through the attempted tackle to the end zone for the TD, giving the Saints a 21-10 lead.
Week 9 - Jimmy Graham was on the field a lot more than a week ago and was the Saints leader in targets, receptions, yardage and TDs. Many of his targets were on short patterns, but he did get open behind all defenders, making the catch near the ten-yard line and carrying the tackler for the final eight yards into the end zone, completing the 51-yard TD reception. He was able to use his basketball skills on his next target as he shielded Cromartie behind them and made a 10-yard reception in the end zone for his second TD. Only two others of his nine receptions went for over 10 yards and those two were for only 13 and 14 yards. In addition to the two TDs, Graham also converted three first downs.
Week 10 - Graham caught a pass in the second scoring drive and literally drug the tackler 6 yards of the 8 yard gain that converted a first down. He caught two more passes in the first half, both on short turn-in patterns for short gains of 7 and 6 yards. Graham was not on the field often in the first half. Graham extended the Saints first drive of the second half, getting open by the sideline for a gain of 12 yards and a first down. Even though he was not often on the field, he displayed toughness on each of his catches and caught 5 passes on 5 targets for the game.
Week 11 - Jimmy Graham was targeted on in the initial drive and gained 6 yards, converting the initial first down of the game for either team. Graham was targeted twice on the Saints first scoring drive, with the first being the only incompletion of the drive. He caught the second and turned immediately into coverage being stopped for only a gain of 2 yards, but converting the first down and giving the Saints a first and goal to go situation. Graham caught another pass early in the 3rd quarter as he first set down over the middle and then released to the outside making the catch and running for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. Graham caught a pass on a roll out by Brees from the 49ers 2-yard line, but the coverage closed quickly and the play lost a yard. Graham made two catches on the game winning drive, both for first downs. The second and final catch featured a nice run after the catch for a gain of 14 yards to set up a short field goal attempt to win the game.
Week 12 - Graham was used more often between the 20s this week and not just inside the red zone. The Saints opted for a lot of two-tight end sets in this game and used Graham on crossing routes off play action and also slipped in some opportunities for deep routes. Graham caught a 45-yard touchdown on an easy pitch and catch off a double move against safety William Moore. Earlier he was overthrown on a deep post off play action and he dropped a second play action bootleg thrown behind him in the early second quarter. Still, Graham did more good things than bad. He set up Thomas DeCoud on a nice crossing route for a first down on a third and seven in the second series of the game and he did some quality work to set legal picks for his teammate Josh Hill and Pierre Thomas. Graham's other big play in the second half that put him over the 100-yard mark for the night was a 35-yard catch and run on a crossing route up the right sideline where he broke a tackle and maintained his balance through traffic at the boundary.
Week 13 - Jimmy Graham was targeted on Brees' second pass down the field and appeared to make the catch, but the ball came free as he was hit hard by LB Bruce Irvin. He made a key reception on a slant for a gain of 20 yards to convert a first down after a delay of game call gave the team a more difficult 3rd and 6 to go. Graham was targeted deep again late in the 3rd quarter and had his hands on the ball, but the ball was knocked away again, this time by Maxwell who closed perfectly on the play. Graham finally shook the coverage and caught a short pass over the middle, then avoided Marshall for a 20-yard gain and another Saints first down. Graham was targeted twice in late drives, including one play near the goal line, where K. J. Wright had excellent coverage.
Week 14 - Jimmy Graham caught a pass on the second scoring drive on a crossing pattern for a gain of 8 yards. He was targeted again, but the pass was low and behind him and fell incomplete. Graham closed out the first half scoring, catching a pass in stride on a crossing pattern, beating Luke Kuechly for the score. Graham made another nice catch in the middle of the 3rd quarter, reaching down low on a crossing pattern that went for a gain of 15 yards and a first down. Graham caught two more passes as the Saints drove for another TD in the 4th quarter. The first catch featured a physical run after the reception that gained 22 yards and gave the team a first and goal to go. Graham caught his 2nd TD pass on the next play on a quick in that he powered over the tackle into the end zone.
Week 15 - Jimmy Graham was targeted on two passes in the first half and both were intercepted. On the first play, Graham was open but the ball was thrown behind him and Graham had no chance to get back to the ball. The second saw Graham being defended by three Rams and the ball was well underthrown and easily intercepted. Graham finally made a catch on an out route. He was wide open and Brees hit him in stride for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. Graham caught a quick in for a gain of 12 yards and a first down. Graham dropped a pass early in the third quarter. Graham was well covered most of the game and only had 2 catches on 6 targets.
Week 16 - Jimmy Graham was targeted on the Saints initial possession, but was well covered and the defender was allowed to be physical breaking up the play. Graham was targeted next in the red zone, but the play was again physically contested and the pass fell incomplete. Graham later made two receptions in the first half, but both were short patterns and gained only 11 yards. Graham was targeted on a back shoulder throw early in the 3rd quarter, but was well covered and the pass fell incomplete. Graham was again targeted late in the 3rd quarter, but Kuechly dropped off in zone coverage that Brees did not see and Kuechly easily intercepted the pass. Graham made three huge plays as the Saints drove for a TD in the 4th quarter to retake the lead. The first was a short throw that the defender attempted to deflect. When he missed the deflection, Graham made the catch and broke free, turning the play into a 46 yard gain. Graham found a crease in the zone on the next catch, going high for the grab and a gain of 12 yards and another first down. The third catch on the drive was a perfect pass, a little high that allowed Graham to use his size and easily out leap the defender for the 5 yard TD catch.
Week 17 - Graham provided another match up nightmare for the opponent on Sunday. Graham's size and strength allowed him to out leap defenders for the ball and also muscle passes away in traffic. His touchdown catch came from about the 10 yard line. Graham began the play split out wide, but motioned in to the slot. He ran a slant right to the goal line and sat down in the middle of three zone defenders. Brees zipped the ball into Graham and he absorbed a few blows as the three defenders converged. He also made a spectacular play on a 33 yard gain in the first quarter. Lined up at the traditional in-line tight end spot, Graham got a free release down the seam. Brees fit the ball in between a trailing nickel corner and an over the top safety. As Graham caught the ball, he wrestled the two defenders for an extra five yards. It's evident that despite all the weapons at his disposal, Brees still looks for Graham in the most crucial situations. Graham was targeted 8 times on the day, the most of any Saints player.
Week 18 - Jimmy Graham was double covered most of the night and was frequently hit as he attempted to release into patterns. He got a good release on the Saints third possession and found an opening where he caught the well thrown pass for a gain of 21 yards and a first down. His second reception came on a 3rd down play with the Saints needing 7 yards. Graham caught the short pass and attempted to stretch the ball for the first down and fumbled with the Eagles recovering. The play was reviewed and overturned, providing the Saints a field goal opportunity. Graham made a great catch between two defenders late in the first half and gained another 17 yards and a first down. His last target was five plays later when Brees attempted to hit him at the goal line. He was double covered and the pass fell incomplete. Graham did not have a target in the second half.
Week 19 - Graham was totally ineffective for the Saints against the Seahawks. He rarely got open and when he did, the safeties arrived simultaneously with the ball. He was off the field on a lot of the Saints running plays, which should have given the defense a heads-up on some of those play calls. He had only one target in the first half and that pass was deflected away by Earl Thomas as he closed right as the pass arrived. Graham had targets on consecutive plays late in the 4th quarter. The first should have been intercepted by Chancellor as it appeared that Brees anticipated a move that Graham did not make, Graham appeared to be open on the next play, but Earl Thomas deflected the pass just as it arrived. Graham finally made a catch on the next to last play of the game. He caught a short route over the middle for a short 8 yard gain that the Seahawks were happy to allow as the clock was running out on the Saints.