TE Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks
|6-6, 260||Born: 11-23-1986||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Feb 1): admitted at the Pro Bowl that he "barely practiced" during the weeks leading up to Sundays this season so that he'd be ready for the games. In addition, he "barely" did any work in the offseason or training camp either, according to teammates.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 19 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
Graham started things off with a bang, opening the scoring for the Seahawks with a catch on a flare pattern inside the 5 yard line that he walked in easily. He's a big target and, as he so often does, was able to shed the defensive back's attempted tackle easily. Graham does his job well but is often under-targeted (as he was this game) because he is forced to stay and block to make up for the inefficient offensive line.
2016 Week 18 vs DET (4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Graham was shaken up pretty badly. He nearly caught one of his patented one-handers, but as the ball left his hand he got smoked by one of the Lions defenders. Despite how badly shaken up he seemed, Graham returned just a few plays later. He had a quiet first half, but came up with a couple of big catches early in the second half. Notably, he did some damage in the red zone, bringing the ball down to the 4 yard line late in the game, which set up a rushing TD that basically sealed the victory. His usual dominance was on display when he did catch the ball ñ he's a colossal player compared to most defensive backs, towering over them. Watching them literally bounce off of him as he runs, makes one wonder why he doesn't see even more passes come his way. It's a nice problem for the Seahawks to have. In Rawls, Baldwin, and now Richardson - not to mention their star QB, who can take off and run when he needs to - there are at any time, five legit offensive powerhouses for the Seahawks to distribute the ball to.
2016 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Graham was on again/off again, with a couple of near misses mixed with a highlight reel catch. The main thing is that he was more involved in the passing game than he had been recently. He made the first catch of the game, a short one for 8 yards, and a couple of plays later dropped a pass that was thrown behind him. He made an outstanding catch on the 1 yard line as Russell Wilson scrambled and just let one go. Graham just towered over his man, waiting for the ball to come to him, and the defender had no chance. It was almost comical. Late in the game he add a reception on a short swing pass, which he ran for a 10 yard first down. And finally, he had his man beat in the end zone, but the ball was just overthrown.
2016 Week 16 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 43 / 1 rec)
Except for a couple of low percentage opportunities early on, Graham was called on to block rather than run routes all day. That happens when your quarterback is sacked five times before the first half is done. But just when he'd become the forgotten man, Graham made a huge play as he found an opening over the middle, late in the game. He outran the close proximity linebackers, and the defensive back tried but couldn't take him down as he found the end zone.
2016 Week 15 vs LA (2 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Graham was under-utilized as a receiving option. He's an enigma at this point; a player who is capable of having a monster game any given week, but also could give you a dud, as he has these past two. Early on, he took a short screen past and got nowhere, reminding everyone of just how valuable he is on downfield plays. He had one such play, in which he shed 2 would be tacklers, before being taken down by 2 OTHER defenders as well.
2016 Week 14 vs GB (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Graham had a most forgettable game. His first chance was actually the best one. Graham was wide open downfield but Russell Wilson uncharacteristically overthrew the pass. Graham was a victim of one of the five interceptions as well. In his case, he stumbled and fell as the ball arrived; but the defender had the inside track and likely would have had a good chance to intercept even if Graham had stayed on his feet. Late in the game, Graham seemed to be called on to block more than usual, which may explain the low target total.
2016 Week 13 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Graham started off quietly and finished with a roar. As he has many times this season, Graham often looked like a men against boys when catching the ball in traffic. On one play a smallish defender actually ran into him and bounced off! His game wasn't spectacular this time around, but he was a key cog in moving the chains. Near the end of the first half, he had a chance at a diving catch in the end zone, but the throw was a bit rushed and he wasn't able to come up with it. Later in the game, there was this series of red zone plays: 1. Targeted in the end zone, but too well covered, 2. Caught a short pass close to the goal line and was stopped at the one yard line. 3. From the one, a crossing slant and Wilson finds him toward the back of the end zone for the major. It solidified what is clearly the Seahawks best red zone connection. Expect more of the same going forward.
2016 Week 12 vs TB (7 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Graham was held in check for much of the game - but to be fair, so was the entire offense. He eventually was able to contribute, with a few nice catches over the middle. He's such a big target, and was one of the few reliable ones for Russell Wilson. Graham also had a few short receptions, but wasn't able to get many yards after the catch. Late in the game, he pushed a bit too hard for the extra yard, which resulted in a lost fumble as he was in mid-air and upside down.
2016 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
Graham was mostly held in check by the Eagles defense, but still managed to score. On that 35 yard play, he was actually tied up by a defender as he towered above him, catching the ball and breaking the would be tackle with ease, looking like a giant among men. He had one other good chance near the goal line, as he one-handed the ball on a crossing pattern late in the game, but couldn't hang on to it.
2016 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
By his standards lately, Graham had a terrible game. But to put things into perspective, he caught all four of his targets, despite the Patriots gameplan that clearly was aimed at making him irrelevant. The thing about the Seahawks is that they have enough talent that they actually used Graham as a decoy at times, even lining him up out wide at times. He ended the day with no red zone targets, but made a couple of important catches to move the chains in the two minute drill.
2016 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 8 / 103 / 2 rec)
Quite simply, Jimmy Graham put on a clinic. He twice made one-handed TD catches as the DB was not only draped all over him, but literally holding his hand and arm. He hauled in both passes, and he made it look easy doing so. He also caught a number of short passes, including a highlight run after the catch in which he hurdled a defender for the first down. Graham was a walking highlight reel in this one ñ he was nothing short of amazing, folks. Sure, he caught a few short ones over the middle to move the chains as well. But it must be said, no matter how impressive his multi-TD line looks, even more impressive was how he did it.
2016 Week 8 vs NO (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Graham's return to New Orleans was a fairly quiet one. Early on, he made a 3rd and long catch over the middle, but not enough for the first down. Then late in the game, he came close to a score, catching the ball over the middle and although he basically ran over the defender, Graham wasn't able to get loose for the last few yards after the catch. The offensive line was all over the place in this one, taking penalties left and right; and the Saints kept the pressure on, so Graham was used more as a blocker than he has been recently.
2016 Week 7 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Graham was heavily targeted, and heavily covered. Gee, you'd think the Cardinals knew ahead of time that the Seahawks would try to get him the ball. Kidding aside, the Cards clearly did their best to bottle him up, and were successful in limiting Graham's catches and in tackling him quickly after the catch. Even in extremely tight coverage, Graham still won the battle half of the time. He should continue to be an elite tier tight end going forward; he is probably especially looking forward to his return to New Orleans (and their soft defense) next week.
2016 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
Graham keeps on making it look easy. He got the first target of the game, and it would not be his last. He had one blemish on the day, dropping what should have been an easy catch and a first down. But after the early miscue, Graham was just plain hard to stop. The only thing he didn't accomplish was a score. But with Wilson locking on to him this way, those are bound to come.
2016 Week 4 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec)
Wow, is there anything Graham can't do? This game was like a flashback to the Brees-Graham connection in New Orleans. He started with a brilliant one-handed sideline grab, then an over the shoulder catch ñ and made it look easy all the while. He led the team in catches and yards and nearly every catch belonged on the highlight reel. The only thing missing was a score. It's official, folks. The Wilson-to-Graham connection is now open.
2016 Week 3 vs SF (9 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
With Tyler Lockett playing limited snaps, Graham became the second look in the passing game. It was a coming out party of sorts. It took a full season, but it seems that the Seahawks are finally ready to take advantage of Graham's big presence and sure hands downfield. His first catch was over the middle, and he took a big hit from the safety but got right back up. Next, Wilson threw to him in coverage, missing on the first one, but connecting on the second to bring the team to the 4 yard line. He lost a fumble as he was tackled after catch, which was almost imperceptible, but upon review, the ball was loose in his hand as it came down to the turf. Close call. On his touchdown play, Graham was actually wide open twice; once on his actual pattern, and again while he got open as Wilson scrambled. Graham also wrestled the ball away from a defender on a jump ball, which was quite the impressive feat, since he didn't even touch the ball first.
2016 Week 2 vs LA (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Graham was seldom used again as a receiver, but did get more use than in week 1. He finally saw the ball in semi-garbage time, deep in his own zone near the end of the half. BUT they were very good catches, and almost allowed the Seahawks a chance to score. If the receiver injuries keep anyone out in week 3, Graham could be a sneaky fantasy play.
2016 Week 1 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Graham was extremely quiet in this one, finally making his lone catch on the final drive and getting his team into the red zone.
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