TE Daniel Graham - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 253Born: 11-16-1978College: ColoradoDrafted: Round 1, pick 21

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2011 Week 3 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)

Graham finally made his presence felt as a receiver after two weeks of being used primarily as an in-line blocker. He had one catch but it ended up being the deciding touchdown for the game. On the play, he lined up in-line on the right side of the line. At the snap, he bumped the rushing defensive end and raced to the right corner of the end zone. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck rolled out wide to the right and lobbed the ball to Graham for the easy score.

2011 Week 7 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham was targeted one time on a short pass to the right in the second quarter but couldn't make the catch. Otherwise he was in as a blocker or a decoy for the rest of his snaps.

2011 Week 13 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Graham was the most productive TE for the Titans this week as he caught the only ball thrown to him for a 21-yard gain.

2010 Week 1 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Graham had two catches early and showed good speed for such a big man. He also had an end zone target that was broken up. He might not have much fantasy value, but he has the most of any TE on the Broncos roster.

2010 Week 3 vs IND (4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Graham had one catch inside the five that also drew a face mask penalty, but he also had an early drop and was generally a non-factor.

2010 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

Daniel Graham looks like he will be used very infrequently in this offense, only ever as an outlet receiver or on very short and safe routes. The Broncos have many other legitimate weapons elsewhere and Graham is just not on the field enough and low down on Orton's progressions in the passing game.

2010 Week 11 vs SD (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Graham caught two completely forgettable passes, and was never a significant factor in the offensive gameplan.

2009 Week 1 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Kyle Orton didn't forget about veteran Daniel Graham on Sunday, but the big tight end wasn't targeted until the third-quarter. He hauled in all of his targets, but one 10-yard catch was called back due to a holding penalty. In the fourth-quarter Graham's number was called for three straight plays. One play was the aforementioned penalty, but the other two racked up 30 yards as Graham took short passes and turned them into sizeable gains with his underrated run after the catch ability.

2009 Week 2 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Graham wasn't a big part of the gameplan today, but did work hard as a run blocker.

2009 Week 3 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Graham helped open up holes as a blocker, and the team racked up over 200 yards rushing on the day. He did haul in a tight end screen, and waited patiently behind his blockers as they moved guys out of his way down the field. It went for 24-yards, but could have been an even bigger play (perhaps even a touchdown) if he had cut it outside towards the end of his run.

2009 Week 4 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Graham was also more involved in the passing game, and had the same number of receptions as fellow tight end Tony Scheffler. Graham was running hard after the catch, and did a good job of coming back to the ball when he was targeted. The big tight end is also known as a great blocker, and did a fine job of getting out in front of Brandon Marshall on his 51-yard touchdown catch.

2009 Week 5 vs NE (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Just like Jabar Gaffney, Graham knows how to get open against his former team and did a good job of that on Sunday. Graham also was a key blocker on Knowshon Moreno's big 27-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter as the Broncos were trying to tie up the score.

2009 Week 6 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham wasn't a big part of the gameplan today, but did work hard as a run blocker.

2009 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Graham caught the first pass of the day for quarterback Kyle Orton, but was mainly kept in to block against a fierce Baltimore pass rush. His biggest reception of the game (23 yards) came with less than 30 seconds left in garbage time.

2009 Week 9 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Graham was kept in to block against a fierce Steelers pass rush and did a good job. His lone catch of the day came on an underneath route where he was able to turn up the middle of the field to gain positive yardage. However, he let his team down (and Kyle Orton) when asked to be an emergency receiver. With Orton getting dragged down by defenders he flipped the ball out to Graham who seemed surprised a pass was coming his way. The ball hit the turf incomplete, but it wasn't the only time Graham would drop a pass. Later in the game, with the Broncos needing to score, Graham dropped another short pass as the hot read on the right side of the field.

2009 Week 10 vs WAS (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham won't show up in the box score, but did have a couple of passes thrown his way. Chris Simms final pass of the game was deep over the middle as time expired. Graham was unable to haul in the desperation pass.

2009 Week 12 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Second tight end Daniel Graham caught the only pass that came his way in Week 12, gaining 16 yards on a screen to the right side in the first quarter.

2009 Week 13 vs KC (3 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

Graham was used a couple of times on tight end screens, and both times it resulted in good things for the Denver Broncos. Early in the first quarter Orton faked an off tackle hand off to Knowshon Moreno, turned, and was able to hit Graham in the flat for a 13-yard gain. Later in the quarter they ran the same play to the same side, and this time Graham was able to get into the end zone untouched from 7-yards out. As always, Graham was also a good contributor as a blocker in the run game, as the Broncos decided to attack KC on the ground.

2009 Week 14 vs IND (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Graham did a nice job of hauling in his lone pass of the day. He secured the ball and then gained a few yards after the catch. Graham was primarily used as a blocker for the ground game.

2009 Week 15 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Graham did a nice job of hauling in his lone pass of the day. He secured the ball and then gained a few yards after the catch. Graham was primarily used as a blocker for the ground game.

2009 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Daniel Graham was targeted just twice on short dump-off passes from Kyle Orton, both coming in the first quarter. Graham had a short four yard gain on a designed TE screen, but his first target came when Orton attempted to throw the ball away under pressure but it was very close to a lateral. The Eagles scooped the ball and scored it but a coach's challenged reversed the play and took away the touchdown.

2009 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Graham had a couple of key drops in this game, as he does most games when he sees an increase in targets. One of those targets that hit the turf was in the end zone when the Broncos were at the Chiefs 1-yard line in the second quarter. The second interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Derrick Johnson was intended for Graham as Orton was feeling pressure in the pocket. Graham saw all of his receptions come when the Broncos were down by 13 points or more. He even seemed to sustain a knee injury in the final quarter but stayed in the game. After getting banged up Graham didn't move the same as a receiver or a blocker.

2008 Week 2 vs SD (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Graham actually saw a fairly decent number of targets, including once in the end zone, but it was very clear to see that he is predominantly a blocker in this offense while Tony Scheffler is the pass catching tight end.

2008 Week 3 vs NO (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Graham, who has turned into more of a blocking TE, had one catch in the game.

2008 Week 4 vs KC (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Graham was more active this week and came through with a couple clutch catches.

2008 Week 6 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)

Graham made the most of his lone target in this contest, catching an 11 yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

2008 Week 7 vs NE (2 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)

Graham's first catch of the game went for a 10 yard touchdown near the beginning of the fourth quarter. The tight ends' night could have been better, but a holding penalty negated a 21 yard pickup on his only other target of the game.

2008 Week 9 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Graham, whose role is much more that of blocker than pass catcher, made a nice adjustment to catch a 23 yard pass down the seam but that was his only action.

2008 Week 10 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)

Graham had a very nice game and had a big 28 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter where he broke a tackle and got into the end zone. He got a lot more targets in the second half after TE Tony Scheffler went down with an injury.

2008 Week 11 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)

TE Daniel Graham dove to catch the game winning touchdown pass from scrambling QB Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter in the back of the end zone on an apparently busted play. It was his only catch.

2008 Week 12 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham's involvement in the passing game was minimal.

2008 Week 13 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)

Graham had a nine yard reception in the second quarter, breaking a tackle and picking up extra yards for a first down. Late in the second quarter, Graham got wide open and caught a pass for a 12 yard gain. In the third quarter, Graham found himself wide open again and caught a pass for a 20 yard gain. Graham finished the afternoon with six receptions for 59 yards.

2008 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Graham caught a screen pass for nine yards and then added a sixteen yard catch on the next play during Denver's opening touchdown drive.

2008 Week 16 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

Graham caught three passes in the second half when the Broncos decided to air it out. He has pretty good hands and knows how to get open.

2008 Week 17 vs SD (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Graham served as the backup tied end behind Tony Scheffler. He caught both passes thrown his way.

2007 Week 1 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Graham was only targeted in the first half. Denver opened with a two tight end formation in the second half to help open up some running lanes.

2007 Week 2 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Graham was moved around the field a lot in this game, at times lining up as a receiver, or in the backfield as a fullback. The Broncos love utilizing him as a blocker, one of his strongest skills. As a receiver he was only targeted once, catching that for nine yards.

2007 Week 3 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham was targeted on two long pass plays, one of which was called back due to a penalty on the offense. The other was towards the end of the game, which he dropped.

2007 Week 4 vs IND (4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Graham continues to get the lion's share of targets at the tight end position for the Denver Broncos. Graham led the team in receptions this game with four for a modest 35 yards. When the Broncos got behind in the third quarter, Jay Cutler targeted Graham three times, but when the game was getting out of hand in the fourth, Graham had no targets.

2007 Week 5 vs SD (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Graham was very quiet and was used almost exclusively as a blocker. Also, backup TE Tony Scheffler saw extended playing time when Nate Jackson left the game with an injury. It's unclear if Scheffler (who caught two balls for 34 yards and blocked a punt) will see his playing time increase at all. And if it does, whether it would be at the expense of Graham's time.

2007 Week 7 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Graham had the last target and catch of the game. It was a play that was reviewed because it was rule incomplete, but in fact he caught the ball and had it knocked out but was already down by contact. It was an important catch, as it set up Jason Elam's 49 yard game winning field goal.

2007 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Graham snagged only two of his six targets, but both receptions went for first downs.

2007 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Graham caught three passes for 42 yards, including a big 21 yard gain. Graham also dropped a pass and was guilty of a false start penalty.

2007 Week 10 vs KC (2 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

Graham caught both of the passes intended for him. He caught the only touchdown that Cutler threw during the contest.

2007 Week 11 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Graham caught both of his targets, and earned one first down.

2007 Week 13 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham was targeted only once in the game.

2007 Week 14 vs KC (3 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec)

Daniel Graham displayed the strength and sure handedness that the Broncos were expecting when they picked him up in the off season. He caught each of the three passes Cutler directed towards him for an excellent 55 yards and one score.

2007 Week 15 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Graham left the game with an injury and did not return.

2006 Week 1 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

With the Patriots dressing only three wide receivers tight ends Graham and Watson figured to be key targets in their passing attack. Graham finished with one reception for 23 yards on the afternoon but made several key blocks to open holes for the Patriots' running game.

2006 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)

Graham had a 29 yard catch on a pretty throw from Tom Brady.

2006 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Graham caught one pass for seven yards. On the play prior to the blocked field goal, Brady tried to hit Graham for a touchdown but the pass was incomplete.

2006 Week 4 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)

Ben Watson may be the number one TE on the Patriots' roster, but Graham saw double the number of targets and was the only TE targeted in the end zone. There was nobody wearing Bengal brown within ten yards of Graham when Tom Brady hit him for six points on a play action pass in the fourth quarter.

2006 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Graham had just one catch for six yards. Brady threw to him deep late in the third quarter but it was incomplete.

2006 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Graham made the most of his opportunities, catching a two yard pass for New England's first touchdown.

2006 Week 12 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Graham caught one pass for 25 yards in the second quarter on a leaping grab down the seam. It was his only target in Week 12.

2006 Week 13 vs DET (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Graham's receptions occurred early at the start of the first and third quarters. Each was a short dump over the middle.

2006 Week 14 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Graham saw extensive action after the departure of Watson, and had a 38 yard touchdown pass called back due to a penalty.

2006 Week 15 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham was invisible in this game filling the role as the Patriots' blocking tight end.

2006 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Graham caught three of his four targets. He turned one short pass into a 19 yard gain for a first down. He also had an 18 yard reception after being targeted deep, and his first down catch helped set up a Laurence Maroney touchdown run.

2006 Week 17 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

The official stat line reads one catch for six yards.

2006 Week 18 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Graham didn't see a lot of action, but his contribution to the game was rather large. He caught what would turn out to be the game-winning touchdown with eleven seconds left to play in the first half. Brady fired the ball to the back line of the end zone, and Graham did a very nice job of hauling in the pass in traffic of two defenders. It wasn't all good for Graham, as he also dropped a potential 27 yard touchdown early in the first quarter. But that drive resulted in a touchdown anyway, absolving Graham.

2006 Week 19 vs SD (3 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Graham once again made the most of his opportunities, turning his three targets into two long receptions for 38 yards (each catch was for 19 yards). He nearly hauled in a third catch on a late drive, but was unable to hang onto the ball as he fell to the ground.

2006 Week 20 vs IND (2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Graham made a fantastic leaping grab of a 25 yard pass down the seam late in the fourth quarter to help set up Stephen Gostkowski's 43 yard field goal, but Graham didn't have a reception before or after that point.

2005 Week 1 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Graham's first target of the game was an overthrown pass which he was unable to catch though he was wide open. His first reception of 17 yards took the Patriots into the red zone. Graham had a target broken up in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 2 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Graham's only catch came on the Patriots' only scoring drive from one yard out. He was penalized on two false start penalties.

2005 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham couldn't catch either pass thrown at him, but it wasn't his fault. One pass was thrown behind him on an out route, and the other was overthrown on a deep slant.

2005 Week 4 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Graham started and played the game, but you wouldn't know looking at his statistics. Not only did Graham not catch a pass - he wasn't even thrown to once.

2005 Week 5 vs ATL (5 / 5 / 119 / 1 rec)

After relatively disappearing, Graham emerged with a game high 119 receiving yards, many of them after first contact. Graham's 45 yard touchdown reception was remarkable, as he displayed incredible athleticism and skill in eluding would be tacklers on his way to paydirt. Graham's other 45 yard reception to open the second half was also huge in that in set up the Ben Watson TD grab on the very next play.

2005 Week 6 vs DEN (0 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Graham was used primarily as an extra blocker in this game.

2005 Week 8 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Graham's only reception was a 15 yard catch that was challenged by Buffalo and upheld by the officials.

2005 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec)

Graham was Brady's second option on the night, and for stretches at a time he was consistently targeted in the passing game. He turned a tight end screen into a 30 yard run for a touchdown, looking swift and athletic in the process.

2005 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Graham remains a good backup fantasy point producer at tight end. He shared the tight end responsibility with Watson and Fauria, often in multiple tight end formations.