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 (Fri Dec 2): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.
General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 13: vs Carolina Panthers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Russell Wilson and company played very poorly at Tampa last weekend - though Wilson led the team in rushing with 8/80/0, his two interceptions thrown (vs. zero TDs, with just 17/33 for 151 yards passing, and six sacks taken for -33 yards) helped create a 5-14 upset loss to the Buccaneers. Jimmy Graham led the team in receiving with seven targets for 6/67/0, while Doug Baldwin was the other receiver over 30 yards with eight for 7/34/0. This looks like an aberration and not the start of a trend for the Seahawks, as Wilson had six TDs and zero interceptions thrown in the three games previous to last week's debacle by Tampa Bay. Carolina's offense choked for the entire first half last weekend, and they dug a hole too deep to climb out, losing 32-35 at Oakland - Derek Carr bombed the Panthers' secondary for 26/39 yielding 310 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -5 yards. The Panthers allowed 35/44 for 264 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception with three sacks of Drew Brees generated for -21 yards two weeks ago - they have been soft in this phase of the game all year, currently ranking 29th in the NFL averaging 275.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 11 interceptions (tied for fourth in the NFL) and 32 sacks (third in the league) generated. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Carolina has averaged 17.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 19.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-least); with 8.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). Of late, though, they've been very suspect in this phase of the game as you see above. Advantage Seattle - Wilson and company should bounce back in this game. The rushing matchup is tough for Thomas Rawls (and he's still getting back into 'game shape') so look for the Seahawks to sling the ball around quite a bit in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Jimmy Graham not on injury report (Fri Dec 2, 09:45 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 2, and isn't listed on the Week 13 injury report. link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham logs full practice (Fri Dec 2, 01:04 AM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, Dec. 1. link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham rests Wednesday (Wed Nov 30, 09:59 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) did not participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 30, due to a knee issue. Our View: Not a big deal here. Make sure he's okay on Friday, but we fully expect him to play against the Panthers at home on Sunday. Graham is a TE1 and automatic start anytime he's on the field.
link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham not on injury report (Fri Nov 25, 09:18 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Nov. 25, and is not listed on the Week 12 injury report. link to story Seahawks | Jimmy Graham does not practice (Wed Nov 23, 08:40 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 23. Our View: It's just a day of rest here for Graham. Against a weak Bucs secondary, Graham should put up TE1 numbers in Week 12.
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