TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints
|6-6, 260||Born: 11-23-1986||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 3|
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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Graham played about 40% of the snaps on Sunday and was clearly very limited in role due to his shoulder injury - he was only targeted twice. It remains to be seen when he'll return to a more active role as a pass-catcher.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Now the questions about whether to start Graham against the Packers get a lot tougher. The Saints were able to move the ball against the very tough Lions defense with Graham playing decoy, so why wouldn't they make it seem like he's back when he really isn't? On the other hand, they didn't exactly have many red zone snaps, which is where a limited Graham can still put up big fantasy numbers. As long as his practice participation trends up, Graham should be worth a play this week.
General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Tue Oct 21): played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut out in the loss to the Detroit Lions.
Week 8: vs Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Drew Brees played well for most of the contest in Detroit last week, slinging 28/45 for 342 yards passing, two TDs and one interception, while taking just one sack for -7 yards. Marques Colston (10 targets for 6/111/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (five for 5/103/1) both went over 100 yards receiving, while Travaris Cadet took over Pierre Thomas' pass-catching back role (nine for 6/51/0) - Brandin Cooks handled just three targets for 2/23/0 receiving in a season-low outing. This week, the Saints will be in the friendly confines of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, though Brees will likely have Jimmy Graham only available in a limited role again this week (shoulder injury, zero catches last week). The wide receivers are getting more targets with Graham severely limited. The Packers' pass D is sixth in the NFL this year, with an average of 214.9 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have more interceptions (10, second in the NFL) than pass TDs given up (9). Green Bay has recorded 16 sacks (tied for 14th in the NFL) so far. Carolina was held to 22/39 for 223 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing last week (three sacks taken for -25 yards); Ryan Tannehill had two interceptions and two TDs thrown two games back while taking one sack for -7 yards (20/31 for 237 net yards passing). The Saints' passing attack is always potent at home, but they face a tougher-than-usual opponent in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs TB (5 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Graham's day was cut short after one quarter due to back-to-back blows to his right shoulder. On an early completion, he faked like he was going to block and then leaked out over the middle to catch a short toss from Brees. He turned to head up field and lowered his shoulder to take on the LB Lavonte David, but took the worst of the shoulder-to-shoulder collision and had to come out of the game for the rest of the drive. He returned a few minutes later and caught a 23-yarder from Brees. Graham lined up inline and sprinted straight up the field and Brees put it up high for Graham to go and get in traffic. He landed and was immediately hit hard by the Safety on the same right shoulder he had just injured. Graham was slow to get up but stayed in for the rest of the drive and was targeted twice more including a fade route in the end zone that Brees badly overthrew. His day was done after one quarter though as he entered the locker room to get his shoulder looked at and never returned. The injury does not appear to be serious and Graham should be back in action soon.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Graham played 30 snaps but looked tentative and was barely involved in the action. He was used primarily as a decoy before getting a couple targets in the 4th quarter. One was essentially a throw away as Brees faced heavy pressure and heaved it upfield in the general direction of Graham running a go route down the left sideline. Graham did not seem confident enough in the shoulder to be useful as a blocker and that will continue to limit his overall snap total until he recovers fully enough to return to regain some physicality in the pass and run game.
Latest NewsSaints | Jimmy Graham limited in practice (Thu Oct 23, 04:19 PM) - New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Our View: If he's playing, Graham is a very good start even with the terrible offensive production of late. He's a low-end TE1 this week.
link to story Saints | Jimmy Graham limited (Wed Oct 22, 04:42 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Our View: Graham was only targeted twice in the game against the Lions in Week 7...and he caught zero passes thrown his way. We'll see if he can get healthier and get back on track this week. This ankle injury complicates things, but Graham is still a low-end TE1 in Week 8.
link to story Saints | Jimmy Graham plays sparingly (Mon Oct 20, 09:54 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut out in the loss to the Detroit Lions. link to story Saints | Jimmy Graham active today (Sun Oct 19, 11:33 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is active for the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19. link to story Saints | Jimmy Graham limited to red zone today (Sun Oct 19, 11:15 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play strictly in red zone situations Sunday, Oct. 19. link to story More News
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