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
General News (Wed Jan 30): is expected to stay in Green Bay in 2019, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Graham is due a $5 million roster bonus by March 15. It was previously reported that the Packers could release Graham to save the money.
General News (Sun Jan 27): could be released during the offseason, in the opinion of the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty, a move that would save the team $5.3 million in cap space.
Week 21: bye week
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
2018 Week 17 vs DET (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 21 yards on five targets against the Lions on Sunday. With backup quarterback DeShone Kizer taking over the offense in the second quarter, I thought there was a good chance that Graham would see a flurry of check-downs as Kizer got himself comfortable in the offense. That didn't really happen though, as Graham caught his first pass from Rodgers for 16 yards, and then his next four targets from Kizer went for a grand total of five yards. Graham looked more than a step slow at times this year, but even more disappointing, Graham was never able to make his presence felt in the red zone, finishing the season with only two touchdowns. He should be back with the team next year after signing a three year, 30 million dollar deal in 2018, but look for the Packers to bring in some young talent, perhaps in the draft to develop behind Graham in 2019.
2018 Week 16 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards on four targets against the Jets on Sunday. Graham was again an afterthought in the Packers offense, as the Packers pair of rookie wide receivers and Williams became the focal points of the passing game after Adams. Graham's day could have been bigger as he was open in the end zone but the Jets secondary committed a pass interference penalty that helped set up a Packers touchdown. Graham has just two touchdown catches on the season, and has more than three catches just once in his last seven games.
2018 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 32 yards on five targets in the Packers loss to the Bears on Sunday. Graham's five targets were tied for third on the team with Williams. Unlike Cobb or Valdes-Scalding, Graham's routes were limited to the short area of the field. With the Bears bringing constant pressure on Rodgers, Graham had to do a bit more blocking than he is used to. Unfortunately for Graham, his most memorable play in this game (and one that will be used as a trivia question years from now) was his drop in the end zone that clanked off his hands and into the waiting grasp of the Bears Eddie Jackson. The interception was the first time in 402 attempts that Rodgers had been picked off, and it was Graham's rock hands that will go down as the reason that Rodgers streak was snapped.
2018 Week 14 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 13 yards on five targets in the Packers win over the Falcons on Sunday. While the five targets were third on the team, Graham did not make an impact in this game and never threatened to do so. With Cobb back in the mix, and Jones being more involved in the passing game, Graham will certainly have weeks like this and consistency is not something you can count on with him moving forward.
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught eight passes for 50 yards on 11 targets in the Packers 20-17 loss to the Cardinals. It was the first time since week six that Graham had caught five or more passes, in fact, Graham had only caught nine passes in the Packers last five games. Graham finally looked healthy, so it was good to see him get back on track as he had been battling thumb and knee injuries and the Packers really need another reliable pass catcher in the middle of the field. Graham was Rodgers safety blanket against the Cardinals, which resulted in a lot of short targets as Arizona was consistently getting pressure on Rodgers. With the tight end position being so shallow this season, a healthy Graham with Rodgers throwing him the football, remains a startable asset going into the playoffs. This is especially true in week 14, as the Packers have a juicy matchup at home against an Atlanta secondary that has provided advantageous matchups to opposing offenses all season.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 34 yards on four targets in the Packers loss to the Vikings on Sunday night. Graham was active, but did not start in this game, seeing only limited snaps until the final drive of the night for the Packers. It was on this drive that Graham caught both of his passes. It was only the second time in his last five games that Graham caught more than one pass, and it will be difficult to trust him moving forward because the Packers are out of playoff contention, and he has been playing at less than 100%, physically.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught one pass for 13 yards on one target in the Packers loss to the Seahawks. For the second straight week, Graham has only seen one target, and as good as he looked earlier in the season, it is fair to wonder whether Jones ascent in the passing game will come at Graham's expense moving forward. The Packers pass for a lot of yards, but Rodgers isn't throwing as many passes as you would think to match up with the yards, as they have been fortunate to get big plays down the field from their cast of receivers. With the tight end position as shallow as it is, Graham is not a candidate to be dropped, or even benched in most situations, so hopefully he can continue to be the force in the red zone that was earlier in the season.
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught one pass for 14 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Dolphins. Graham did have some injury concerns throughout the week which could have played a part in him seeing only one target on the afternoon, but regardless of his health, the game script for the Packers was always going to point to Jones and the running game. Graham has been pretty consistent on the season, and still has the touchdown upside to fantasy managers moving forward.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (6 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 55 yards and one touchdown on six targets against the Patriots on Sunday. In a year where the tight end position is so shallow from a fantasy perspective, Graham continues to be one of the few consistent options week to week. If you had to watch him on every play, you would never guess it though, as he looks frequently looks really slow coming off the line and his trademark athleticism has certainly been zapped after several knee injuries throughout his career. With that said, Graham still has a wide catch radius, good hands and understands how to use that to his advantage. His touchdown catch was a good example of this, as Graham lined up in the right slot position in the trips right formation. Rodgers was given a clean pocket to allow Graham to run a--very slow-post pattern to the left side of the endzone. Still though, he managed to use his positioning to give Rodgers a window to through into, which is exactly what happened, and Graham came down with the 15 yard touchdown catch.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (4 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Graham looked like he was on his way to a good day with a strong catch close to the goal line early in the game, but a touchdown was wiped off the board on review and he didn't catch another ball after that. He was targeted in double coverage and was also covered by a corner on another target. The Packers were having more success on quicker throws to the outside of the field in this one.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (9 / 5 / 104 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 104 yards on nine targets against the 49ers on Monday night. Graham was very productive in this game, making several big catches in this game, including a 54 yard catching and run in the first quarter. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked before rolling out to his left. Graham ran and intermediate crossing-route and curled his route up field as he got behind the 49ers secondary. It looked as though Graham might take it all the way to the house but was ran down from behind by a 49ers defender. Graham was also the recipient of one of Rodgers most interesting throws of the night. With Rodgers being flushed out of the pocket, he stepped up and pump-faked not once, not twice but three times before finding Graham over the middle for an 11 yard gain and a first down. Graham has become a key cog in the Packers passing game, and his status as a #1 tight end looks quite secure moving forward.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (11 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham six passes for 76 yards on 11 targets against the Lions on Sunday. Graham's 11 targets were the most he's seen all year, and his six catches and 76 yards were the second highest in both departments. Graham's overall stats look pretty good for the tight end position this season, but a closer look at his actual play and you will see that he did not perform at his best against the Lions. On two potential touchdown catches, Graham either fell while trying to run a fade to the corner of the end zone, or he just flat-out dropped an open touchdown pass from Rodgers. If Graham makes either of those plays, he has a really big game, which is sort of what you expect from him when he sees 11 targets. Graham did make one catch that reminded you of the athlete he used to be when playing for the Saints. Graham ran a go-route from the left slot up the inside seem of the field. Despite being at his own 12 yard line, Rodgers threw the ball high and gave Graham a chance to make a play. Graham did just that, snagging the ball at its high point and recording a 24 yard catch.
2018 Week 4 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown on six targets in the Packers win over the Bills on Sunday. Graham's otherwise quiet day was saved by a short three yard touchdown where Rodgers hit him on a rollout to the left side of the formation. Graham's only other consequential play on the day was a tipped pass that he kept alive long enough to allow a Buffalo defender to intercept the pass, while also ensuring a high level of Aaron Rodgers frustration come post-game.
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 45 yards on seven targets against the Redskins on Sunday. With the field a little bit saturated due to rain, Graham had a hard time getting around and it showed that he is not nearly as light on his feet as he used to be. Although Graham caught five of his seven targets, there were three plays that I saw on tape where Rodgers immediately looked to Graham on a short route but did not throw the ball because Graham could not get separation off the line and didn't get his body in position to box out his defender. Graham made some routine catches with the Redskins giving him room underneath, which was their game plan, but did not ever come close to breaking a big play. With the Packers rarely in the red zone in this game, Graham was not able to make his presence felt and his production could have been duplicated by a number of back up tight ends across the league. This won't always be the case, but Graham has to do a better job of using his size to his advantage if he is going to be relegated to only running short routes in the middle of the field.
2018 Week 2 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 95 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught six of eight targets for 95 yards against the Vikings on Sunday, leading all Packers receivers in yards. After catching only two passes for eight yards in week one, Graham was much more involved in week two, something that may hint at he and Randall Cobb's usage in the same game, although it is too early in the season to know just yet. This was a turn back the clock game for Graham, as he was able to make some athletic moves in his routes and get upfield in a way that we haven't seen from the past couple of years. His long gain of the day came on a 34 yard catch up the left sideline where he ran an out and up route that the Vikings defenders just completely misplayed. The Vikings thought that Graham was going to stay in the flat and instead he turned the route upfield and made them pay with a long catch, and then another ten yards after the catch. Graham also had a 12 yard touchdown nullified by an offensive holding penalty that had little bearing on his catch. The touchdown would have completed a big day for Graham and put him over the 100 yard receiving mark. Graham did come up big for the Packers on a 2nd and 10 at their own 36 yard line with 16 seconds left to play in regulation. Graham ran a deep route up the right sideline and made a nice catch before stepping out of bounds for a 27 yard gain that set up Mason Crosby's game winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation. Although he missed (his only miss on six attempts), it was a really good sign to see Graham be targeted on a play where he had to get out of bounds in order for the Packers to have one more play.
2018 Week 1 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught two passes on four targets for eight yards against the Bears on Sunday. Graham failed to make a big impact as a pass catcher for the Packers, however his mere presence played a big part in the Packers receivers seeing one on one coverage. Graham won't approach 1,000 yards this season, and I don't think he will have 60 catches, but he will have a big impact for the Packers, and that is especially true in the red zone. The Packers were able to gain a lot of yards after the catch, particularly in the middle of the field, and after looking at the replays, it was clear that the Bears made sure Graham didn't beat them. By doing that, they enabled Cobb, Allison and Adams to beat them deep down the field. Graham stats this year won't tell the whole story in terms of how he is helping the Packers.
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