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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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Week 16: vs Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Back during Week 1, Drew Brees lit up the Falcons' secondary for 29/42 yielding 333 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (zero sacks taken) in a preview of how the Falcons' pass D would function in most games this year. Marques Colston (eight targets for 5/110/0 receiving), Brandin Cooks (eight for 7/77/1) and Jimmy Graham (10 for 8/82/0) would handle most of Bree's passes that day. Cooks is now on IR, so his role has been filled by Kenny Stills (seven targets for 5/67/0 receiving at Chicago last week). Jimmy Graham (seven for 5/87/0), Marques Colston (seven for 5/65/1) and Pierre Thomas (five for 5/83/0) were the other main receivers for Brees (29/36 for 375 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions at Chicago) last Monday Night, though Josh Hill (two for 2/15/2) hauled in a pair of TDs during the blowout win over Chicago. The Saints' offense seems to be on track entering the final two weeks of regular season Meanwhile, Alanta's pass D is in shreds entering Week 16, having allowed 27/35 for 353 net yards passing to Ben Reothlisberger last week, after coughing up 24/36 for 323 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with one sack taken for -4 yards) to Aaron Rodgers and company. This defensive unit is on life-support entering Week 10, friends. Advantage, New Orleans.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs BAL 6 47 2 0
13 at PIT 0 0 0 0
14 vs CAR 3 25 0 0
15 at CHI 5 87 0 0
16 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
16 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
16 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham had a positive impact on the game, even if he frustrated fantasy owners in a major way. On the first touchdown of the game, Graham and Ben Watson lined up in a stack formation to the left and Graham drew the attention of at least three Pittsburgh defenders which opened up a huge hole in the Steelers zone for Watson to get the score. Graham also drew a key pass interference call that gave the Saints a 1st down. Still, the Saints going an entire game without targeting Graham is very confusing. He is too talented to just be a decoy for sixty minutes.

2014 Week 14 vs CAR (11 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Graham had an awful day as he simply couldn't make plays against the Panthers' physical coverage and his drops cost the Saints dearly. Graham had a key 3rd down drop midway through the first quarter with the Saints looking to move the chains for the first time all game. He got his hands on the ball near the sideline but couldn't hold on through some contact by Thomas Davis. Just before halftime, Graham had another key drop on 3rd-and-2. The coverage was good by Roman Harper coming across the middle and it was not a "true drop," but it was a contested play that Graham usually makes. Graham had a much more egregious drop on his next opportunity. He ran a slant and was wide open. Brees put it right on the numbers and Graham just let it bounce off his chest. It looked like it would have gone for at least a 20-yard gain as Graham had plenty of room to run. Graham had another contested drop inside the Panthers' 5-yard-line later in the game. Two of Graham's three catches on the day came in the final two minutes with the Saints trailing by 31. It was a rough day all around for Graham who is playing through shoulder pain and seems to have let the injury get in his head. He does not look like the same guy in recent weeks as he did earlier in the season.

2014 Week 15 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec)

Graham drew a big pass interference penalty on Bears CB Kyle Fuller. Brees scrambled to buy time and Graham saw his QB in trouble and ran deep. Brees threw up a prayer and Fuller basically tackled Graham inside the Bears' 10-yard-line to set the Saints up for their first touchdown. Graham looked healthy on a big 29-yard-gain on a crossing route as he accelerated after the catch and stiff-armed away a Bears defender. Graham almost made a spectacular one-handed catch in the end zone as Brees threw it up and gave Graham a chance, but he was unable to haul it in. Graham had a 22-yard catch on a slant route late and he threw caution to the wind trying to hurdle a couple of Bears defenders. Overall, it was a very nice showing for Graham as he looked healthier and played harder than in recent weeks. Teams are going to continue to target the banged-up Graham for big hits but he will be better served if he plays like he did against Chicago and plays fearlessly trying to dole out the punishment instead of avoiding it.


Latest News

Saints | Jimmy Graham struggles (Mon Dec 8, 10:41 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham had three drops Sunday, Dec. 7, and finished with three catches for 25 yards.

Our View: The theme of Week 14 was superstars underperforming, and Graham was no different. The Saints need to do a better job of getting him the rock. Even force-feeding him the ball should be in order each and every week.
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