TE Jimmy Graham - Green Bay Packers
|6-6, 260||Born: 11-23-1986||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2010|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 7): Graham wasn't a big factor against the Cowboys, but he wasn't a bust either. He could be a solid Week 6 option against the Lions.
General News (Sat Oct 12): partially participated in Saturday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Fri Oct 11): partially participated in Friday's practice.
General News (Thu Oct 10): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 6: vs Detroit Lions
FBG says: Good matchup. So far this season only once has quarterback Aaron Rodgers needed to throw the ball more than 35 times. Under new head coach Matt LaFleur, Packers have been able to win games without relying too heavily upon Aaron Rodgers. This is a welcomed change for Rodgers, but it has led to significantly less passing production than previous years. Through five games, Rodgers has only thrown for six touchdowns, and if he's without Davante Adams this week, it will be difficult to right the ship. The Green Bay Packers are unsure of star wide receiver Davante Adams' availability once again in week six. His absence had little impact on the outcome of Green Bay's week five game against the Dallas Cowboys, but the passing production regressed heavily. Wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling combined for 3 receptions on 10 targets and 46 receiving yards on the day. At tight end, Jimmy Graham has proven he can continue to be a dominant force in and around the end zone, but his production is erratic. In Graham's last three games, he has registered three targets, nine targets, and one target in each contest, respectively. Green Bay's offensive line is one of the best in the NFL, anchored by two elite offensive tackles, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Without Davante Adams, the outlook is bleak for Green Bay's passing attack. Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will likely command the majority of targets. However, both Allison and Valdes-Scantling are young and unproven wide receivers that may not be ready for such a sizable role in Green Bay's offense. The Detroit Lions' defense, as instructed by head coach Matt Patricia, is focused on dominating in the trenches and stopping the run. Against the pass, however, their personnel in the front-seven struggles to make a positive impact. Along the defensive line, the Lions lack a consistent pass rusher at any position that can be relied upon to disrupt the pocket. Trey Flowers was signed this offseason from New England to fill this role, but he has struggled in his first four games as a member of the Lions. At linebacker, Christian Jones and Jarrad Davis get picked on by opposing quarterbacks week-in and week-out. Fortunately, the secondary is filled with top-tier cover corners and safeties. Justin Coleman is one of the NFL's best slot cornerbacks, and he has proved that this season. Coleman is one of the most-targeted cornerbacks in the NFL, but he has only allowed completions on 54.5-percent of passes thrown his way. Darius Slay also has a long track record as one of the league's premier lockdown cornerbacks. When necessary, Slay will shadow the opposition's number-one wide receiver. If Davante Adams does play this week, do not be surprised to see Slay line up opposite Adams for the entire game come Monday night. At safety, Tracy Walker has done his part to ensure the Lions defense does not allow chunk-plays through the air. The Lions have yet to allow a touchdown of more-than 27 yards through the air this season, which has been critical to their defensive success. As a whole, the Lions' defense is primarily focused on stopping the run, but against the pass, they are a sub-par unit. Opponents have thrown for nearly 300 yards per game against Detroit, which may help get Green Bay's passing attack back on track, with or without Davante Adams.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jimmy Graham's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes on three targets for 41 yards in the Packers win over the Cowboys. With Adams out, Graham was looking at a game where he could see a multitude of targets, but saw only three despite running routes on 29 of Rodgers 34 passing attempts. Graham's biggest gain of the night came on a 23 yard reception where Rodgers was able to get outside the pocket and give Graham time to extend his route up the right sideline. Graham's targets have been inconsistent from game to game and it looks as though Adams injury will not result in him seeing more targets.
2019 Week 4 vs PHI (9 / 6 / 61 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught six passes on seven targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Packers loss to the Eagles. After missing most of the last two weeks with an injury, Graham had his most productive game of the season, coming in behind only Adams in catches, yards and targets. Graham's touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 14 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after his drop back was faced with a pocket that was collapsing as well as an Eagles defender flying through the line unblocked. Rodgers took off to the right and then immediately threw on the run. He led tight Graham perfectly, as Graham had started on the inside right slot position and then run a shallow out pattern directly to the sideline. Graham gets some credit for creating this play, as when he saw his defender taking a bad angle towards him he broke off his route and ran up-field, similar to how a wheel route would play out. This allowed Rodgers to lead him to the end zone for an easy touchdown catch. Much has been made about the lack of chemistry between Rodgers and Graham, which should have eased a bit after this play, but Graham did not do himself any favors when he was unable to come down with two redzone targets from the one yard line. One of those plays looked really bad for Graham, as he turned around as Rodgers was throwing him the ball and never had a chance to make the reception. It is the type of play that gives a tight end an easy touchdown, but that is assuming the quarterback and tight end are on the same page, which cannot be said for Graham and Rodgers at this juncture.
2019 Week 3 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was not able to convert on his only target against the Broncos on Sunday. Coming into the game, Graham was questionable to play and it was clear that he should not have been on the field, as he was having trouble running routes and gaining leverage as a blocker. Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan came in to relieve Graham, and they combined for two catches for 23 yards on five targets. Tonyan is the more athletic player of the two, and has some upside as a receiver but needs to become a more sound blocker if he wants to see the field when Graham is injured.
2019 Week 2 vs MIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Graham was called for offensive pass interference on his one reception. He doesn't appear to be a key part of the game plan.
2019 Week 1 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown on six targets in the Packers week one win against the Chicago Bears. Graham was tied with Valdes-Scantling for the second most targets for the Packers, and although is better days are behind him, Graham's understanding of how to shield off his defenders in the red zone paid big dividends for the Packers in this game. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Bears eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center with Graham and Adams bunched up tight in the right slot. Rodgers quickly looked left, and then right before fading onto his heels, waiting to see if he could find anyone open in the end zone before he would have to throw the ball away. Rodgers saw Graham in one on one coverage and gave his tight end a chance to make a play on jump ball, which is exactly what Graham did by boxing out his defender and high pointing the ball for the game's only touchdown. Graham may not be an elite tight end at this stage of his career, but he still has the ability to be an elite red zone threat if given enough volume.
Latest NewsPackers | Jimmy Graham not on injury report (Sat Oct 12, 05:02 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was limited during practice Saturday, Oct. 12, but is not on the injury report for Week 6. Our View: The veteran is just likely getting some rest. The Packers play the Lions on Monday night and Graham is a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.
link to story Packers | Limited practice for Jimmy Graham (Fri Oct 11, 07:05 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 11. link to story Packers | Friday's practice report for Green Bay (Fri Oct 11, 04:12 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (toe), CB Tony Brown (hamstring), S Darnell Savage (ankle) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) did not practice for a second straight day Fri, Oct. 11. OT Bryan Bulaga (rest), DL Kenny Clark (calf), TE Jimmy Graham (rest), CB Kevin King (knee, groin), TE Marcedes Lewis (heel), C Corey Linsley (concussion), S Will Redmond (shoulder), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (back) were limited for a second straight day. DL Montravius Adams (shoulder), LB Oren Burks (chest), LB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder), WR Darrius Shepherd (shoulder), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring, calf). LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) and RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) practiced in full. link to story Packers | Limited practice for Jimmy Graham (Thu Oct 10, 07:19 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 10. link to story Packers | Green Bay's Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 10, 04:49 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (toe), CB Tony Brown (hamstring), S Darnell Savage (ankle) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 10. DL Montravius Adams (shoulder), OT Bryan Bulaga (rest), DL Kenny Clark (calf), TE Jimmy Graham (rest), CB Kevin King (knee, groin), TE Marcedes Lewis (heel), C Corey Linsley (concussion), S Will Redmond (shoulder), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring, calf) and CB Tramon Williams (back) were limited. LB Oren Burks (chest), LB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder), WR Darrius Shepherd (shoulder), LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) and RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) practiced in full. link to story More News
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