TE Jimmy Graham - Green Bay Packers

6-6, 260Born: 11-23-1986College: Miami (Fla.)Drafted: Round 3, pick 2010

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General News (Fri Jan 17): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.

General News (Thu Jan 16): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Jan 15): did not practice on Tuesday (he was excused).

Week 20: at San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Green Bay's passing attack graded as a perfectly-average unit throughout the regular season, aside from quarterback Aaron Rodgers' incredible ability to avoid turning the ball over. The Packers ranked as the 16th-highest-volume passing attack in the league, posting 26 passing touchdowns, good for 14th in the league, and 6.1 net yards per attempt, which ranked 16th in the league. Rodgers' mark of just four interceptions was the lowest total in the NFL, and it was a driving force behind the team's relative overachievement this year. Through the air, targets are heavily concentrated at the top, with Davante Adams commanding nearly one-third of the total targets in the offense. Down the stretch of the regular season, Allen Lazard was the only other player to tally more than five targets per game, but he was held without a target last week, as his playing time was limited due to an injury he is expected to heal from ahead of this weekend's matchup. Overall, tight end Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones are the only two other reliable difference-makers for Rodgers through the air, and both have the potential to command about five targets this weekend. Overall, Adams is an elite fantasy option once again this weekend, and every other Green Bay pass-catcher remains an afterthought in this tough matchup. San Francisco's pass defense has a strong case to be regarded as the best unit in the entire NFL this season. While they have defended limited volume, they've allowed just 4.8 net yards per attempt, which is the best mark in the league. This defense is elite at all three levels, but their pass-rush is especially impressive. Arik Armstead (10 sacks) Nick Bosa (9 sacks,) DeForest Buckner (7.5 sacks,) and Dee Ford (6.5 sacks in 11 games) make up one of the league's best defensive lines. The importance of Dee Ford's return to action last weekend cannot be overstated, as the performance of this pass-rush and overall pass-defense is significantly better when he is on the field. Then, at linebacker, Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander grade as two of the league's best pass-defending players at the position. Warner broke up nine passes this season, which is the second-highest total on the team. Lastly, in the defensive backfield, Richard Sherman, K'Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, and Jimmie Ward makeup one of the league's best secondaries. It will take an exceptional performance out of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay passing attack if they have any hope of beating the 49ers through the air this weekend in what grades as an extremely difficult matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

16 at MIN 41 1.0 16 0 0 0.6
17 at DET 48 4.0 49 0 0 4.9
19 vs SEA 3.0 49 0 0 4.9
20 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 2.2 * * * *
20 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 2.1 * * * *
20 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Jimmy Graham's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 19 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 49 yards on four targets in the Packers win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Graham's long gain of the night came on a third and six from the Packers 29 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and waited in the pocket for his receiver's routes to develop. Graham managed to slip his way through the Seattle zone and get behind the linebackers tasked with covering him. Rodgers dropped the ball over the Seattle linebackers and hit Graham in stride. Graham was absolutely lit up by a Seattle safety after taking several strides down the field, but he was able to hang onto the ball and set up Adams long touchdown two plays later. Graham's biggest play of the game came on the Packers last drive where he was able to gain a first down when the Packers were faced with a third and nine at the Seattle 45 yard line. If Graham does not convert the first down, then the Packers have to punt the ball back to Wilson up only five points. It says something that Rodgers was willing to go to Graham on the biggest play of their season to date, but it's hard to trust him when he's had so many down games this year.

2019 Week 17 vs DET (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 49 yards on seven targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Sunday. Graham's four catches were his most in six games and his seven targets were a season high for Graham. Rodgers looked Graham's way on several second downs where the Packers needed to pick up yards and set up advantageous situations for Rodgers on third down. Graham did have two long gains, an 18 yard reception and a 20 yard reception on a third and nine from the Packers 30 yard line. Graham made a nice catch and run on the 20 yard gain where Rodgers passed the ball to him at the line of scrimmage and Graham broke to the outside where he was able to take off up the sideline. Graham's season was largely a disappointment, as he finished with 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns. It will be interesting to see whether the Packers bring back Graham and use him in the same way they did this year.

2019 Week 16 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught one pass 16 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Vikings on Monday. Graham saw the same number of targets as Marcedes Lewis, and was one of six Packers pass catchers to see a singular target. Simply put, Graham has fallen out of favor in the Packers pecking order, which could not have come at a worse time with Green Bay needing more production out of their receiving core. Graham cannot create the separation he needs in the short and intermediate passing game, and despite Rodgers being one of the most accurate passers in the game, Graham has not been able to use his veteran moxy to open up passing lanes for his quarterback. The only thing keeping Graham on the field these days is his blocking, a statement that would have seemed ludicrous five years ago considering his once-incredible athleticism, and what used to be looked at as a lack of blocking ability.

2019 Week 15 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught one pass for zero yards on four targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Graham has seen his involvement in the Packers offense dwindle week by week and it has finally reached the point where Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are better options than Graham. Tight end is not a position that you can depend on right now for the Packers, and it looks as though this may be the end of Graham's career as he is not moving well on the field and his feet look extremely slow and heavy.

2019 Week 14 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 49 yards on five targets in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. This was Graham's most productive game since week 10, and it could have been even bigger had Rodgers not overthrown him on a pass that would have went for a 50 yard touchdown. The old Jimmy Graham might have been able to make the catch, but this version is a lot less athletic and is getting by more on veteran savvy than any of his past physical gifts.

2019 Week 13 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught one pass for 16 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. Graham was once again a non-factor in the Packers offense and he was targeted the same number of times as Marcedes Lewis, but failed to catch a touchdown like Lewis did. Heading into the fantasy playoffs, Graham cannot be counted on as a starting tight end, especially with injuries occurring at the position and much better options becoming available.

2019 Week 12 vs SF (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught one pass for seven yards on two targets in the Packers loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Graham was once again a non-factor, and this in a game where he should have been depended on as a safety-valve for Rodgers with the 49ers putting so much pressure on the Packers backfield. Graham is averaging only 2.5 catches on the season and doesn't have much touchdown upside, with only two touchdowns this year. He is a dart-throw every week and should only be counted on as a bye-week fill in. His role in the passing game is nearly equal to backup Robert Tonyan (two catches for eight yards on two targets) at this point.

2019 Week 10 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught two passes on four targets for 59 yards in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. 48 of Graham's 59 yards came on one catch where the Panthers completely lost track of him in the middle of the field. Rodgers moved a defender out of his line of sight by pump-faking to the outside before hitting Graham. To his credit, Graham was not going down easy, as he bull-rushed two defenders like the old Jimmy Graham and picked up another 10 yards after the catch. The tight end position is quite shallow these days, and at the very least, Graham has a floor that makes him a solid bye week fill in.

2019 Week 9 vs LAC (4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught four passes on four targets for 17 yards in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Graham posted a stat line that is slowly becoming an every week standard. He is seeing between three and five targets per game over the last five weeks, with two games of 41 and 65 yards, and the other three under 20 yards receiving. The Chargers linebackers are led by Joey Bosa, so it was a given that Graham was not going to outrun him up the seam, which even further limited Graham's floor and ceiling. Graham is hovering around the back end of starting fantasy tight ends, but that is only because the position is so shallow this season.

2019 Week 8 vs KC (5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 20 yards on five targets in the Packers win over the Chiefs on Sunday. IT was the sixth straight game this season where Graham has been held under 65 yards receiving, although he does have three touchdown catches on the season, which puts him on the fringe as a #2 tight end, and a potential bye week replacement. The days of Graham being a playmaker are officially over, and the Packers have even been using Marcedes Lewis as a deep target when they want those type of routes from their tight end.

2019 Week 7 vs OAK (4 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)

Graham had his best game of the year by far, showing some moves after the catch, the ability to get open downfield, and even drawing a pass interference call inside the five. He had two targets in the red zone and one was an easy touchdown. He has returned to fantasy relevance with this performance.

2019 Week 6 vs DET (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Jimmy Graham caught two passes for 17 yards on five targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Monday night. It was the second straight week where Graham was unable to take advantage of Adams being on the sideline, despite seeing enough targets to at least put up a respectable stat line. The Packers have started to insert Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan in certain situations, and it was Lewis who had the bigger game this week, catching two passes for 50 yards. Lewis gained 25 yards on each of his receptions, which is more than Graham has gained on any catch this season. Graham is no longer a reliable fantasy tight end, and he could see his time on the field diminish if he is unable to make plays when Rodgers calls on him.

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 News

Packers | Jimmy Graham a limited participant (Fri Jan 17, 05:16 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 17, but is not on the injury report for the NFC Championship game.

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Packers | Jimmy Graham puts in limited practice (Thu Jan 16, 05:15 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Jan. 16.

Our View: Graham is just getting some veteran rest here. He'll be fine for the NFC Championship Game.
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Packers | Jimmy Graham receives day off (Wed Jan 15, 05:58 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Our View: Just a veteran day of rest here. Graham was the No.2 receiver for the Packers last week against the Seahawks when he had three catches for 49 yards on four targets. He's likely to have a similar stat line against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
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Packers | Green Bay moves on to NFC Championship (Sun Jan 12, 10:02 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished 16-of-27 for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the team raced out to a 21-3 lead before holding on for a 28-23 victory in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round playoff game. RB Aaron Jones ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while Rodgers added 14 more yards on the ground. WR Davante Adams hauled in eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while TE Jimmy Graham was the only other Packer with more than one catch, tallying three receptions for 49 yards. LBs Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith each recorded two of Green Bay's five sacks, while LB Blake Martinez led all tacklers with 10 stops (seven solo).

Our View: Rodgers made a few unreal throws when he needed to and the Packers made a 21-3 hold up. They'll face a San Francisco team that thumped them 37-8 during the regular season.
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Packers | Jimmy Graham on track to play (Fri Jan 10, 06:10 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury, wrist) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 10, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game.

Our View: Graham is not the player he used to be but the Packers could use a bit of a flashback on Sunday. We'll see if Aaron Rodgers can use Graham as a consistent target on Sunday against the Seahawks.
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