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TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 260Born: 11-23-1986College: Miami (Fla.)Drafted: Round 3

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Summary

Jimmy Graham is an exceptional athlete that came into the NFL with very little experience after playing football for only one year at the University of Miami, 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 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. The concern with Graham approaching 2014 is not his abilities, but rather his franchise tag situation. The Saints assigned him the franchise tag in early March. He has consistently stated that he is as much wide receiver as tight end and the NFLPA filed a grievance on his behalf in early May, just before the draft. Graham is not expected to report to the team until the contract situation is resolved. It may be mid-June before the grievance is heard. Meanwhile, Drew Brees said "he plays a different position that anybody in the league, so he'll be cutting edge with whatever he gets paid". Everyone expects him to play for the Saints this year, but he may miss some early workouts. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2
Overall Redraft - 7, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 15
TE Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2
Overall Redraft PPR - 7, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 12, 12, 13, 15
TE Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 7, 4, 6, 7, 9

Stats and Projections

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2011 NO 16 99 1310 11
2012 NO 15 85 982 9
2013 NO 16 86 1215 16
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 84 * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 90 * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 90 * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 87 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 7
TE: 1
Overall-PPR: 7
TE-PPR: 1

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Latest News

Saints | More on Jimmy Graham contract (Thu Jul 17, 01:38 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham agreed to a contract with a $4 million cap hit in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The deal includes a $2 million roster bonus in 2017.

Our View: Everyone seems okay with this deal that makes Graham the highest paid tight end in league history. It still seems like he's underpaid to us.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Atlanta Falcons
2@ Cleveland Browns
3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers