TE Jimmy Graham - Green Bay Packers
|6-6, 260||Born: 11-23-1986||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2010|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Graham was targeted often but still finished with a subpar line. He was too often the check down option on 3rd and long - and too often left blocking to help out the porous offensive line. He showed uncharacteristically bad hands with a couple of drops that shouldn't have been. The saving grace here is that he was a top target, something that you couldn't say last season for every game. That, and he remains a key red zone target for Russell Wilson.
2017 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Graham seemed a bit off this entire game. Early on, he was hit hard and dropped a pass. Wilson had hit him in stride going downfield, for what could have been a big gain. It looked like the Seahawks made a point of getting the ball his way early. But the Niners made a point of hitting him hard. In the third quarter, Graham made a very short catch as well, but had nowhere to run.
2017 Week 3 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
Graham rebounded well from early season criticism. It helped that the Seahawks were behind, and went almost exclusively into passing mode in the 2nd half, but much credit must be given to the big man himself. When Graham is on his game, he's incredibly reliable all over the field, and is always a threat to turn a short pass into a long gain as defenders bounce off him like pinballs. He had one such play in this game, but most catches were routine, and he wasn't able to get a hold of a couple of red zone/end zone throws that were just out of reach. The only trouble with his consistency is that Graham himself is quite consistent, while the game plan each week is not.
2017 Week 4 vs IND (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Graham basically matched the top wideouts, Lockett and Richardson, for production in this game. He made a couple of notable catches late in the game as the Seahawks took control of the scoreboard, working over the middle in the red zone, and catching a ball in full stride for a 33 yard gain. Graham also was the target on both interceptions, the first of which was a fluke, but the second was a catchable ball that went through his hands for the turnover. As the run game got untracked, he benefitted from not having to stay and pass block all the time.
2017 Week 5 vs LAR (8 / 6 / 37 / 1 rec)
Graham came down with a score to help his line, but the yardage total doesn't exactly impress. He was mainly used on very short routes, and had a long catch of the day of nine yards. The TD gives hope, however, since he is a dangerous option in the end zone, and the Seahawks clearly know that. Given the uncertainty around Doug Baldwin's groin injury, Graham might be the best bet on this offense to produce from week to week.
2017 Week 7 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 51 / 1 rec)
Jimmy 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' Graham was in the doghouse early on, with an awful drop in the end zone, that hit him right in the hands, as well as another drop in open space. He later redeemed himself with a couple of excellent catches, including a near carbon copy of the first drop, but this time for a TD.
2017 Week 8 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 39 / 2 rec)
Graham had an extremely quiet first half. It was not until the 4th quarter that Wilson really started to lean on him in the red zone. The Seahawks like line him up outside in the red one, to get his big body mismatched with a smaller defensive back (which is to say, any defensive back is smaller than him). That was the case on the first TD catch, as he not only got the matchup he wanted, but somehow managed to sneak behind them to an open spot in the end zone. On his second TD, the game winner, which came with less than 30 seconds on the clock, he was somehow able to get wide open over the middle, and ran it easily from inside the 10.
2017 Week 9 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Graham had a fairly productive game, but was not targeted in the red zone at all (not counting the Hail Mary pass on the final play). Though unfortunate, it doesn't look like a trend at all, just a matter of circumstance. The Seahawks had trouble on the offensive side of the ball nearly the whole game. When they finally woke up in the 4th quarter, Graham was a significant part of their play calls.
2017 Week 10 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 27 / 2 rec)
Graham made a series of short catches, none of which were anything to write home about, except... two of them were touchdown catches. The Seahawks know what they have in Graham, and he was the first play call on both red zone drives. They got the mismatch they wanted (Graham vs. ANY DB, since they simply can't overcome his size differential), and Graham capitalized, twice. He is also quite capable of big yardage games, but even with the small total, it doesn't get much better than this at the TE position.
2017 Week 11 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 58 / 1 rec)
Graham seems finally to have settled into his role. He was counted on for several short, chain-moving, catches, and heavily leaned on in the red zone. He continues to be a matchup nightmare in the end zone, working his size to make every one of his scores look routine, despite the inevitably tight coverage. Though Graham finished well, with a TD and a 2-point conversion, his day could have been even better. He was hit hard and denied entry at the goal line on one play, and on another, he had a line on the ball in the end zone, he was unable to grab it. Overall, however, his game was impressive. Graham did well to catch the rockets Wilson fired at him all day, and took a few very big hits in stride.
2017 Week 12 vs SF (6 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Graham had a very quiet first half, most notably dropping an easy one on a short slant pattern. He redeemed himself in the second half with a longer catch of 25 yards, and a repeat of the slant play, this time in the end zone, and this time he hung on to it for the TD.
2017 Week 13 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Graham scored again. He is clearly the Seahawks first option near the goal line. I know it, you know it, and the Eagles knew it. And yet, Wilson found him with ease yet again for a touchdown - and threw it just out of Graham's reach on another red zone effort. Graham had a somewhat down game with only three catches, but made up for it with the score.
2017 Week 14 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Jags had Graham's number all game. He finished with no catches on two targets, one of which was intercepted and the other was a glaring drop on the would-be game winning drive, that would have moved the chains. Instead, the drive fizzled a couple of plays later. He looked extremely sluggish and unfocused on those two plays. He's been on the injury report almost every week - this is purely speculative, of course -- so he may simply not be playing at 100% right now.
2017 Week 15 vs LAR (3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Graham made a nice looking catch early in the game, but the ball bounced out when he hit the ground, and after review, they called it incomplete. He had a couple of near misses, and in the end, lacked opportunities and was simply unable to get on track.
2017 Week 16 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Graham was a non-factor for the most part, but he did pull in a short yardage catch for a touchdown. He's still about 50/50 on any given day for a score, so regardless of matchup or game plan, he's always a fantasy threat at a weak position.
2017 Week 17 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Graham had a fourth down conversion and a 21-yard gain on a seam route.
2016 Week 1 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Graham was extremely quiet in this one, finally making his lone catch on the final drive and getting his team into the red zone.
2016 Week 2 vs LA (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Graham was seldom used again as a receiver, but did get more use than in week 1. He finally saw the ball in semi-garbage time, deep in his own zone near the end of the half. BUT they were very good catches, and almost allowed the Seahawks a chance to score. If the receiver injuries keep anyone out in week 3, Graham could be a sneaky fantasy play.
2016 Week 3 vs SF (9 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
With Tyler Lockett playing limited snaps, Graham became the second look in the passing game. It was a coming out party of sorts. It took a full season, but it seems that the Seahawks are finally ready to take advantage of Graham's big presence and sure hands downfield. His first catch was over the middle, and he took a big hit from the safety but got right back up. Next, Wilson threw to him in coverage, missing on the first one, but connecting on the second to bring the team to the 4 yard line. He lost a fumble as he was tackled after catch, which was almost imperceptible, but upon review, the ball was loose in his hand as it came down to the turf. Close call. On his touchdown play, Graham was actually wide open twice; once on his actual pattern, and again while he got open as Wilson scrambled. Graham also wrestled the ball away from a defender on a jump ball, which was quite the impressive feat, since he didn't even touch the ball first.
2016 Week 4 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec)
Wow, is there anything Graham can't do? This game was like a flashback to the Brees-Graham connection in New Orleans. He started with a brilliant one-handed sideline grab, then an over the shoulder catch ñ and made it look easy all the while. He led the team in catches and yards and nearly every catch belonged on the highlight reel. The only thing missing was a score. It's official, folks. The Wilson-to-Graham connection is now open.
2016 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
Graham keeps on making it look easy. He got the first target of the game, and it would not be his last. He had one blemish on the day, dropping what should have been an easy catch and a first down. But after the early miscue, Graham was just plain hard to stop. The only thing he didn't accomplish was a score. But with Wilson locking on to him this way, those are bound to come.
2016 Week 7 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Graham was heavily targeted, and heavily covered. Gee, you'd think the Cardinals knew ahead of time that the Seahawks would try to get him the ball. Kidding aside, the Cards clearly did their best to bottle him up, and were successful in limiting Graham's catches and in tackling him quickly after the catch. Even in extremely tight coverage, Graham still won the battle half of the time. He should continue to be an elite tier tight end going forward; he is probably especially looking forward to his return to New Orleans (and their soft defense) next week.
2016 Week 8 vs NO (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Graham's return to New Orleans was a fairly quiet one. Early on, he made a 3rd and long catch over the middle, but not enough for the first down. Then late in the game, he came close to a score, catching the ball over the middle and although he basically ran over the defender, Graham wasn't able to get loose for the last few yards after the catch. The offensive line was all over the place in this one, taking penalties left and right; and the Saints kept the pressure on, so Graham was used more as a blocker than he has been recently.
2016 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 8 / 103 / 2 rec)
Quite simply, Jimmy Graham put on a clinic. He twice made one-handed TD catches as the DB was not only draped all over him, but literally holding his hand and arm. He hauled in both passes, and he made it look easy doing so. He also caught a number of short passes, including a highlight run after the catch in which he hurdled a defender for the first down. Graham was a walking highlight reel in this one ñ he was nothing short of amazing, folks. Sure, he caught a few short ones over the middle to move the chains as well. But it must be said, no matter how impressive his multi-TD line looks, even more impressive was how he did it.
2016 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
By his standards lately, Graham had a terrible game. But to put things into perspective, he caught all four of his targets, despite the Patriots gameplan that clearly was aimed at making him irrelevant. The thing about the Seahawks is that they have enough talent that they actually used Graham as a decoy at times, even lining him up out wide at times. He ended the day with no red zone targets, but made a couple of important catches to move the chains in the two minute drill.
2016 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
Graham was mostly held in check by the Eagles defense, but still managed to score. On that 35 yard play, he was actually tied up by a defender as he towered above him, catching the ball and breaking the would be tackle with ease, looking like a giant among men. He had one other good chance near the goal line, as he one-handed the ball on a crossing pattern late in the game, but couldn't hang on to it.
2016 Week 12 vs TB (7 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Graham was held in check for much of the game - but to be fair, so was the entire offense. He eventually was able to contribute, with a few nice catches over the middle. He's such a big target, and was one of the few reliable ones for Russell Wilson. Graham also had a few short receptions, but wasn't able to get many yards after the catch. Late in the game, he pushed a bit too hard for the extra yard, which resulted in a lost fumble as he was in mid-air and upside down.
2016 Week 13 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Graham started off quietly and finished with a roar. As he has many times this season, Graham often looked like a men against boys when catching the ball in traffic. On one play a smallish defender actually ran into him and bounced off! His game wasn't spectacular this time around, but he was a key cog in moving the chains. Near the end of the first half, he had a chance at a diving catch in the end zone, but the throw was a bit rushed and he wasn't able to come up with it. Later in the game, there was this series of red zone plays: 1. Targeted in the end zone, but too well covered, 2. Caught a short pass close to the goal line and was stopped at the one yard line. 3. From the one, a crossing slant and Wilson finds him toward the back of the end zone for the major. It solidified what is clearly the Seahawks best red zone connection. Expect more of the same going forward.
2016 Week 14 vs GB (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Graham had a most forgettable game. His first chance was actually the best one. Graham was wide open downfield but Russell Wilson uncharacteristically overthrew the pass. Graham was a victim of one of the five interceptions as well. In his case, he stumbled and fell as the ball arrived; but the defender had the inside track and likely would have had a good chance to intercept even if Graham had stayed on his feet. Late in the game, Graham seemed to be called on to block more than usual, which may explain the low target total.
2016 Week 15 vs LA (2 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Graham was under-utilized as a receiving option. He's an enigma at this point; a player who is capable of having a monster game any given week, but also could give you a dud, as he has these past two. Early on, he took a short screen past and got nowhere, reminding everyone of just how valuable he is on downfield plays. He had one such play, in which he shed 2 would be tacklers, before being taken down by 2 OTHER defenders as well.
2016 Week 16 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 43 / 1 rec)
Except for a couple of low percentage opportunities early on, Graham was called on to block rather than run routes all day. That happens when your quarterback is sacked five times before the first half is done. But just when he'd become the forgotten man, Graham made a huge play as he found an opening over the middle, late in the game. He outran the close proximity linebackers, and the defensive back tried but couldn't take him down as he found the end zone.
2016 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Graham was on again/off again, with a couple of near misses mixed with a highlight reel catch. The main thing is that he was more involved in the passing game than he had been recently. He made the first catch of the game, a short one for 8 yards, and a couple of plays later dropped a pass that was thrown behind him. He made an outstanding catch on the 1 yard line as Russell Wilson scrambled and just let one go. Graham just towered over his man, waiting for the ball to come to him, and the defender had no chance. It was almost comical. Late in the game he add a reception on a short swing pass, which he ran for a 10 yard first down. And finally, he had his man beat in the end zone, but the ball was just overthrown.
2016 Week 18 vs DET (4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Graham was shaken up pretty badly. He nearly caught one of his patented one-handers, but as the ball left his hand he got smoked by one of the Lions defenders. Despite how badly shaken up he seemed, Graham returned just a few plays later. He had a quiet first half, but came up with a couple of big catches early in the second half. Notably, he did some damage in the red zone, bringing the ball down to the 4 yard line late in the game, which set up a rushing TD that basically sealed the victory. His usual dominance was on display when he did catch the ball ñ he's a colossal player compared to most defensive backs, towering over them. Watching them literally bounce off of him as he runs, makes one wonder why he doesn't see even more passes come his way. It's a nice problem for the Seahawks to have. In Rawls, Baldwin, and now Richardson - not to mention their star QB, who can take off and run when he needs to - there are at any time, five legit offensive powerhouses for the Seahawks to distribute the ball to.
2016 Week 19 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
Graham started things off with a bang, opening the scoring for the Seahawks with a catch on a flare pattern inside the 5 yard line that he walked in easily. He's a big target and, as he so often does, was able to shed the defensive back's attempted tackle easily. Graham does his job well but is often under-targeted (as he was this game) because he is forced to stay and block to make up for the inefficient offensive line.
2015 Week 1 vs LA (8 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham had an efficient debut for the Seattle Seahawks. He started slow in the first half and was relied upon as a blocker quite a bit more than he was in New Orleans. His first catch came on a nicely thrown ball towards the sideline for a 9-yard gain after one of the few times Russell Wilson was given time to deliver the football. Where Graham will do the majority of his damage this season will be in the red zone and that was evident in this game as expected. In the first quarter on a key third down play, Wilson out of the shotgun rolled right and hit Graham with a short pass where he dove for the first down but is stopped just short. To separate times in this game Wilson hit Graham through the middle of the field after stepping up in the pocket. Russell Wilson's only touchdown of the night went to Jimmy Graham. He was Wilson's first read three plays in a row and the two finally hooked up on third down. Graham caught single coverage and secured a very nice timing throw from Russell Wilson out of the shotgun.
2015 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham finished with an abysmal 1 catch for 11 yards on two targets against the packers. His first target came on the 2nd drive of the game where Wilson fakes the handoff to Lynch and throws to Graham down the sideline that is well covered. He technically did have a target in the red zone as well but it was called back due to a false start. Wilson and Graham can't seem to get things going on a consistent basis and the volume in the passing game hasn't been there in the first two weeks. His lack of involvement is noted by Coach Pete Carroll in the post game interview, "We get it. We want him to have the football, too. We're not going to change the game just to give a guy passes. Jimmy knows that. He knows what the calls are and all of that. We have to do a better job."
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson have had a hard time getting going through two weeks as Graham finished with just one catch against Green Bay in Week 2. This week against the Chicago Bears he caught his first touchdown at home for Seattle and recorded 83 yards on 7 catches. Jimmy Graham was targeted in the red zone to end the second quarter but was covered well on a one-on-one situation with Alan Ball. The touchdown was a great effort by Graham on 3rd down. With a well-protected Wilson in the shotgun, he found Graham streaking across the middle at around the 10-yard line who then broke a tackle from Brock Vereen for the score. This 30-yard reception was his longest of the game although he was very effective in the middle of the field all night. It was Grahams second touchdown of the season although was vocally frustrated after his one-catch performance in Week 2.
2015 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
The offensive struggle continues for Jimmy Graham as a Seattle Seahawk. He just one catch at halftime for six yards and didn't have another until the fourth quarter. He looked to be getting back on the same page of Russell Wilson in Week 3 but the two took a step back offensively against the Detroit Lions on Monday night. On five targets in this game Graham caught four balls for 29 yards and zero touchdowns but is missed target was in the red zone. The consistency just has not been there on a week-to-week basis with the superstar tight end as Russell Wilson spends the majority of the game trying to avoid pressure behind a subpar offensive line. On a team that is content to win with running the ball and playing good defense, Graham will be a hard fantasy asset to predict on a week-to-week basis in this struggling Seahawks offense.
2015 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
The struggle continues for Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks. Graham had just 30 yards on three receptions in Week 5. The Seahawks have not done well to utilize his skill set thus far, which bodes the question why they gave up so much to acquire him in the offseason. He clearly is not a focal point of this offense and was also involved in Russell Wilson's only interception of the game, which came off a tipped pass across the middle.
2015 Week 6 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 140 / 0 rec)
Finally. In Week 6 tight end Jimmy Graham had his best game in a Seahawks uniform as he was fed the ball heavily with 12 targets from quarterback Russell Wilson. He set a season-high in catches with 8 yards for 140 yards from scrimmage. The difference in this game was Graham has finally showed some improvement improvising while Wilson extends plays. On his longest catch of the night for 45-yards he was able to adjust his route off of a scramble from Russell Wilson where he pointed for Graham to sprint down the sideline. They were able to connect on a similar play in the second quarter and five of his catches were for 16 yards or more. Graham was making key plays for this offense gaining multiple first downs and making key plays to set up touchdowns for Marshawn Lynch and Ricardo Lockette. Also, his 45-yard reception was on the drive that led to a Seahawks field goal. Week 6 was the most yards Graham has accumulated in a single game since 2013 with the Saints and he has shown large improvement on improvisational routes for this offense. Consistency has been a problem for Wilson and Graham but he was targeted on a season-high 48 percent of Wilson's pass attempts in Week 6.
2015 Week 7 vs SF (5 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
After a season high eight catch performance in Week 6, tight end Jimmy Graham caught 2-of-5 targets for 31 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7. It has been a frustrating season for Jimmy Graham owners as he was largely an afterthought for the Seahawks offense again gaining most of his yards on one 23-yard catch in the 2nd quarter. It was a great catch down the seam but was the loan bright spot for Graham in the game. Game flow was a factor, as the Seahawks weren't forced to throw much against the 49ers protecting a lead.
2015 Week 8 vs DAL (10 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
Despite the offenses struggles in Week 8, it was an encouraging game for tight end Jimmy Graham. He caught seven balls on ten targets for 75 yards even with just one catch for 19 yards in the first half. In the second half he was a focal point of the offense with 6 receptions for 59-yards including a key third down conversion on the game-winning drive. The Seahawks split Graham out wide as a receiver on multiple occasions and had a decent amount of success in the intermediate passing game on slant routes. His long play of the game came off a crossing pattern in the 4th quarter for 19-yards.
2015 Week 10 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
It has been a frustrating year for Jimmy Graham owners, as his Week 10 performance is becoming the norm. Graham was held to three catches for 41 yards even on eight targets. He had two red zone targets but didn't complete either of them though drawing a pass interference penalty on one. 30 of his 41 yards came on one catch in the third quarter deep down the middle but wasn't much of a factor outside of that. Graham has two touchdowns on the season and hasn't scored since Week 3.
2015 Week 12 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
The real story of this game for Jimmy Graham was not his stats but that he was carted off with a later pronounced torn right patellar tendon. The tight end is done for the season and will undergo a surgery that Victor Cruz has shown us recently is very hard to come back from. Graham was on his way to an impressive game securing four catches for 75 yards on eight targets from Russell Wilson including catching a deep pass in the third quarter for 36 yards.
2014 Week 1 vs ATL (10 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
Graham was the most targeted Saint and he was effective catching short routes. He like Colston had no trouble getting open, but the Falcons limited him to short gains. Although Graham had 10 targets and made 8 catches, he only gained a total of 82 yards with his longest gain going for only 17 yards. Graham did produce four first downs, but only had one target in the red zone and that reception was negated by an offensive line penalty.
2014 Week 2 vs CLE (13 / 10 / 118 / 2 rec)
The Saints offense started slowly before Graham put the offense on his back. Over the final 33 minutes, he was an absolutely dominant force. The Saints often tasked CB Joe Haden with trying to stop Graham when he split out wide and Graham dominated the matchup. The Saints passing game finally came alive when Brees decided to feed the ball to Graham. Trailing 16-3 with 3:21 to play in the 2nd quarter, Graham still had not touched the ball yet when the Saints entered their hurry-up offense. On the first play of the drive, Brees hit Graham for 23 yards down the middle of the field. Brees looked to Graham often the rest of the drive as Graham pulled in 5 passes on 6 targets during the drive. The final catch was a 9-yard-TD on a jump ball in which Graham easily out-leaped Joe Haden with seconds left in the half. Overall, Graham had 57 of the Saints 85 yards on the drive as the Saints got themselves back into the game. Graham was the recipient of the first two Brees passing attempts after halftime as well. The first fell incomplete as the pair tried to hook up deep down the left sideline, but Graham made a great play on the second as he caught it short and made a nifty run to pick up 15 yards and a Saints first down. The first drive of the second half again ended with a Graham TD. Graham went in motion across the formation pre-snap and CB Buster Skrine was a bit late in getting across the field leaving Graham open for an easy 1-yard TD on a quick out route towards the pylon. Early in the 4th quarter, Graham nearly grabbed his third touchdown of the day. Matched up in single coverage against Joe Haden, Graham muscled his way to the inside, put Haden on his hip, grabbed a pass from Brees and raced towards the end zone but got tripped up on the 3 by Haden.
2014 Week 3 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Graham really showed off the power and run after the catch aspect of his game in Week 3. He made a beastly play on 3rd and 9 on the 2nd drive of the game. Caught the ball about 2 yards shy of the first down marker and just threw the DB backwards 5 yards with a wicked stiff arm and easily picked up the 1st. Graham often drew multiple defenders in coverage, which opened things up for other players. He ran an out on the long Hill TD with both linebackers following Graham, which left Hill wide open for the TD. Showed off his power on multiple catches throughout the game, dragging Vikings defenders on his back. Had a drop on what should have been a 15-yard completion down the right sideline where he just seemed to lose concentration.
2014 Week 4 vs DAL (11 / 8 / 86 / 1 rec)
Graham was mostly quiet as an early drop and extra attention from the Cowboys defense made him a non-factor in the first half. Graham dropped an easy catch as the ball tipped right off his finger tips with him running wide open for what should have been a big gain on the second Saints offensive play of the game. The Cowboys were called for defensive holding, which mitigated the damage somewhat. In the third quarter, Graham was finally starting to get involved more but had a costly fumble with the Saints trying to mount a desperate comeback. After a 16-yard completion deep into Dallas territory, Graham coughed it up when the Dallas defender dropped his head and put his helmet right on the ball, popping it out for a Dallas recovery. Graham bounced back two drives later with a 13-yard touchdown over the middle. He caught the ball at the four on a curl route, turned and dove over a Dallas defender to reach the end zone. Graham ended up padding his stats with three catches and 31 yards in garbage time with the Cowboys in prevent defense on the final drive, but the solid stat line is a bit deceiving as Graham did little to impact the game.
2014 Week 5 vs TB (5 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Graham's day was cut short after one quarter due to back-to-back blows to his right shoulder. On an early completion, he faked like he was going to block and then leaked out over the middle to catch a short toss from Brees. He turned to head up field and lowered his shoulder to take on the LB Lavonte David, but took the worst of the shoulder-to-shoulder collision and had to come out of the game for the rest of the drive. He returned a few minutes later and caught a 23-yarder from Brees. Graham lined up inline and sprinted straight up the field and Brees put it up high for Graham to go and get in traffic. He landed and was immediately hit hard by the Safety on the same right shoulder he had just injured. Graham was slow to get up but stayed in for the rest of the drive and was targeted twice more including a fade route in the end zone that Brees badly overthrew. His day was done after one quarter though as he entered the locker room to get his shoulder looked at and never returned. The injury does not appear to be serious and Graham should be back in action soon.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Graham played 30 snaps but looked tentative and was barely involved in the action. He was used primarily as a decoy before getting a couple targets in the 4th quarter. One was essentially a throw away as Brees faced heavy pressure and heaved it upfield in the general direction of Graham running a go route down the left sideline. Graham did not seem confident enough in the shoulder to be useful as a blocker and that will continue to limit his overall snap total until he recovers fully enough to return to regain some physicality in the pass and run game.
2014 Week 8 vs GB (6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
Graham got off to a slow start and looked tentative both as a blocker and as a receiver in the first half before starting to look more like himself in the second half. Graham caught a big 20-yard TD from Brees late in the 3rd quarter. He came in motion across the formation and ran an out-an-up towards the left pylon. He used a subtle push off against Packers DB Tramon Williams to create a little separation and then leaped high to bring the catch in. Williams was irate, but Graham was able to avoid offensive pass interference by not extending his arms when pushing off. Overall, Graham still seems to be favoring the shoulder some, but he looked leaps and bounds ahead of where he was last week and could be back to near 100% soon.
2014 Week 9 vs CAR (7 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)
Graham has seen his snaps increase from 30 to 42 to 52 in the past three weeks as he slowly recovers from his shoulder injury and works his way towards 100%. Expect his snaps to go up again next week, likely to his pre-injury usage levels as Graham looks to be rounding back into form nicely. Graham snagged a touchdown with only seconds on the clock before halftime. He went into motion pre-snap moving out towards the sideline and found himself facing single coverage. He ran a quick out and Brees put it right on his back shoulder as Graham boxed out the defender and made it all look incredibly easy. Overall, it was a very efficient and effective performance from Graham who withstood some cheap shots from Panthers' defenders and looked like he is back to his usual, dominating ways.
2014 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 10 / 76 / 2 rec)
Graham looks to be 100% recovered from his shoulder injury and is once again playing at a historically elite level. He was targeted in the end zone a number of times. As the clock ran out in the first half, Brees threw it toward Graham in the middle of the end zone, but Brees had three defenders boxing him in and had no chance at all to make a play on the ball and it ended up an easy 49ers interception. Late in the 3rd quarter, Graham got a 2nd opportunity. On 3rd-and-6th from the 11-yardline, Brees evaded pressure and threw it up to Graham in the front of the end zone. Graham did a tremendous job of boxing out the smaller defender and made the touchdown grab look easy despite the Safety draped all over his back. With the Saints trailing by four with under two minutes to play and facing 3rd-and-goal from the 2, Graham ran an out route and Brees threw it towards Graham's back shoulder. Graham was able to box out the defender and come down with the TD. The pair makes this play look easy and almost routine. Graham is arguably the best red zone receiver in the league with his today making plays like this seemingly every week. With the score tied and the clock about to expire in regulation and the Saints at midfield, Graham was the target of a hail mary pass from Brees. Graham was able to come down with the throw in the end zone but was called for offensive pass interference as he gave the defender a little shove in the back just before the ball arrived. It was the correct call, but it was unclear how hard Graham really pushed and if he needed to make the push at all.
2014 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Graham made a couple nice catches but the Bengals clearly schemed to take him out of the game with double coverage on nearly every route he ran. The combination of double coverage and a strong pass rush caused Brees to dump the ball off a lot and Graham suffered as he was not able to get any opportunities to make big plays down the field.
2014 Week 12 vs BAL (10 / 6 / 47 / 2 rec)
Graham faced tight coverage from the Ravens Safety Will Hill and often was double teamed with a LB bracketing him in coverage but he was still able to make some plays. Late in the first quarter, he lined up in a stacked formation to the left, 3 yards behind the slot WR. He was able to use the scrape from the WR to get free down the left sideline for a ten yard TD. He ran a quick wheel route down the left sideline and Brees hit him at the five and Graham was able to sprint to the pylon untouched. Graham got an end zone target in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd-and-goal from the 2. He ran a quick out route to the right and had the defender boxed out nicely for what would have been an easy TD had the short throw been on target. Instead, Brees threw it a little behind and the Safety was able to get a hand in to knock the ball away. Graham got another end zone target late in the 3rd as Brees tried to hit him on a back shoulder throw down the left sideline, but again Safety Will Hill had tight coverage and forced a high throw that Graham wasn't able to come down with. Graham finally got the best of Hill with a late two-yard TD catch. He ran a couple yards and just turned around quickly to use his huge frame to box Hill out and Brees hit him on target and on time for the easy catch.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec)
Graham and Brees were not able to make any plays until late in the game. Graham was able to gain some separation at times, but Brees' passes were inaccurate. The biggest play of the game was Jimmy Graham's "fumble" at the goal line. With the Saints trailing by 13 early in the 4th quarter, Brees hit Graham between two defenders just short of the end zone. Graham bulled his way forward and looked to have barely broken the plane of the end zone when the ball was pulled loose. The play was original ruled a fumble and though the replay seemed to indicate that Graham had scored before the fumble, the replay was not considered enough to overturn the call on the field and the fumble all was allowed to stand. The play would end up being the difference in the game and serves as further proof that the NFL is "a game of inches." On the next Saints drive, Brees looked to Graham to get the Saints back in the game and Graham delivered. He hauled in back-to-back catches on out routes that netted 24 yards. Later, Graham finished the drive off with a short touchdown catch on a quick out route that Brees put right on Graham's outside shoulder as Graham boxed out the smaller DB to haul in the score. Aside from the fumble (that was probably a touchdown), it was a solid day for Graham who looked fast and made catches on nearly all of the balls threw near him (with a couple of the unsuccessful targets coming on bad misthrows by Brees).
2014 Week 17 vs TB (9 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Graham had a fairly good afternoon hauling in some key passes despite fairly good coverage from the Buccaneers defenders. Graham drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone as Brees targeted him on a short out route that the two have had a lot of success with. Graham had the defender beat, but was held and unable to come up with the pass. With 2:48 left in the game, the Saints trailing by six and facing a 4th-and-2, Graham ran a short slant route and made a very tough catch against tight coverage to pick up the first down. However, on the very next play Graham dropped what would have been a 36-yard-completion down the seam. Coverage was pretty good, but Brees placed the ball perfectly where only Graham had a chance to make a play on it and the ball bounced off his hands. Graham took a hit to the head after the drop and looked to be shaken up but returned to the field a couple plays later. Graham was not the same difference-maker he was early in the season down the stretch and the Saints really missed his playmaking ability in the second half of the season. This is not a new occurrence for Graham who has been banged up and finished the year on a down note in each of the past four seasons.
2013 Week 1 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham was the most frequent target for Drew Brees in the Saints first game. He only had two targets in the first half catching one for 21 yards, including a nice run after the catch. He had the majority of his production in the third quarter. During the Saints first scoring drive of the second half, he converted a first down on a seven yard gain and followed that with an excellent catch that went for a touchdown. The pass was thrown a little low, but Graham went down to make the catch and immediately pivoted toward the goal line, making a nice cut to stay in bounds and leaping into the end zone. He later had another reception for ten yards in the same quarter.
2013 Week 2 vs TB (16 / 10 / 179 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham absolutely shredded the Bucs, accumulating over 150 yards receiving before halftime. On the Saints second drive after the rain delay, Graham caught three passes in a row, the last of which went for 56 yards and a score. He lined up in the slot and ran right by a LB completely uncovered up the seam. Graham was running free for most of the first half, which obviously frustrated the Bucs defenders. Graham took a vicious helmet hit from S Ahmad Black on a dropped catch over the middle that resulted in a personal foul penalty. But Graham could not be intimidated and he almost scored a second TD two plays later running free down the seam, but was tackled just short of the goal line. Graham was fairly quiet in the second half until he caught a crucial pass late in the fourth quarter that helped set up a Garrett Hartley game-winning field goal. Graham's 10 receptions easily led the team, and he was the only player on the Saints that the Bucs didn't have an answer for.
2013 Week 3 vs ARI (15 / 9 / 134 / 2 rec)
TE Jimmy Graham was targeted frequently and made the most of his opportunities. On his second reception, he ducked under the would-be tackler and turned up field for additional yardage and a first down. Graham escaped zone coverage and made a nice reception for a 21-yard gain on a nice throw by Brees late in the second quarter moving the ball to the 29-yard line. Brees showed the trust that he has in Graham by lofting one up to him at the goal line even as he was well covered by Yeremiah Bell. Graham outmuscled Bell and made a nice catch for his third TD reception on the season. Both his strength and athleticism were on full display on that play. Graham started the second half just like he ended the first with a nice reception. He later made a nice move to shake Mathieu and collect a perfectly thrown ball for a 29-yard gain. Mathieu was no match for Graham as he slid toward the sideline to take in another strike by Brees for 19-yards.Graham made a nice catch at the three yard line with Patrick Peterson covering and bulled his way through the tackle for his second TD on the day. Graham was Brees' favorite receiver on the day by far, totaling 15 targets, nine catches for 134 yards and 2 TDs.
2013 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 100 / 2 rec)
Graham went high right at the goal line and came down with a nice 27-yard TD on his first reception of the night. Graham's next outstanding play was a deep route reception down the seam that he hauled in and scored on a one-play 43 yard TD drive. He had another nice reception in the fourth quarter after the Saints had a little success in the running game on a come-back pattern for another first down inside the red zone.
2013 Week 5 vs CHI (11 / 10 / 135 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was targeted twice on the initial drive catching both passes for first downs. Graham made his fourth catch on a third down, but was hit immediately by two defenders and came up a yard short of converting the first down. Graham finally found some room deep mid-way through the second quarter catching a quick pass over the middle that included a nice run after the catch bowling down the Bear defender making the tackle after a gain of 29 yards. Two plays later, Graham was well covered but made the catch on a perfectly thrown ball by Brees which dropped right over the defender into Graham's hands for a gain of 38 yards setting the team up with a first and goal. For the game, he was the leader for the Saints in targets with 11 and receptions with 10, for a game leading 135 yards, but did not score for the first time this season.
2013 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was covered almost early by Aqib Talib, who played Graham very physical and kept him from having a first half reception, even though he was targeted four times. Even though Talib was injured early in the second half, Graham got only two targets in the second half and did not catch a pass, and left the game early with a foot injury.
2013 Week 8 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 37 / 2 rec)
Jimmy Graham was active, even after being considered a long shot to play. He is dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia and played a limited number of snaps. He did not seem to be seriously impacted by the pain associated with his injury. Graham caught a quick out on his first pass for a gain of 9 yards. Graham's next reception came on a post pattern at the 3-yard line and Graham powered through the attempted tackle to the end zone for the TD, giving the Saints a 21-10 lead.
2013 Week 9 vs NYJ (12 / 9 / 116 / 2 rec)
Jimmy Graham was on the field a lot more than a week ago and was the Saints leader in targets, receptions, yardage and TDs. Many of his targets were on short patterns, but he did get open behind all defenders, making the catch near the ten-yard line and carrying the tackler for the final eight yards into the end zone, completing the 51-yard TD reception. He was able to use his basketball skills on his next target as he shielded Cromartie behind them and made a 10-yard reception in the end zone for his second TD. Only two others of his nine receptions went for over 10 yards and those two were for only 13 and 14 yards. In addition to the two TDs, Graham also converted three first downs.
2013 Week 10 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Graham caught a pass in the second scoring drive and literally drug the tackler 6 yards of the 8 yard gain that converted a first down. He caught two more passes in the first half, both on short turn-in patterns for short gains of 7 and 6 yards. Graham was not on the field often in the first half. Graham extended the Saints first drive of the second half, getting open by the sideline for a gain of 12 yards and a first down. Even though he was not often on the field, he displayed toughness on each of his catches and caught 5 passes on 5 targets for the game.
2013 Week 11 vs SF (11 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was targeted on in the initial drive and gained 6 yards, converting the initial first down of the game for either team. Graham was targeted twice on the Saints first scoring drive, with the first being the only incompletion of the drive. He caught the second and turned immediately into coverage being stopped for only a gain of 2 yards, but converting the first down and giving the Saints a first and goal to go situation. Graham caught another pass early in the 3rd quarter as he first set down over the middle and then released to the outside making the catch and running for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. Graham caught a pass on a roll out by Brees from the 49ers 2-yard line, but the coverage closed quickly and the play lost a yard. Graham made two catches on the game winning drive, both for first downs. The second and final catch featured a nice run after the catch for a gain of 14 yards to set up a short field goal attempt to win the game.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 100 / 1 rec)
Graham was used more often between the 20s this week and not just inside the red zone. The Saints opted for a lot of two-tight end sets in this game and used Graham on crossing routes off play action and also slipped in some opportunities for deep routes. Graham caught a 45-yard touchdown on an easy pitch and catch off a double move against safety William Moore. Earlier he was overthrown on a deep post off play action and he dropped a second play action bootleg thrown behind him in the early second quarter. Still, Graham did more good things than bad. He set up Thomas DeCoud on a nice crossing route for a first down on a third and seven in the second series of the game and he did some quality work to set legal picks for his teammate Josh Hill and Pierre Thomas. Graham's other big play in the second half that put him over the 100-yard mark for the night was a 35-yard catch and run on a crossing route up the right sideline where he broke a tackle and maintained his balance through traffic at the boundary.
2013 Week 13 vs SEA (9 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham was targeted on Brees' second pass down the field and appeared to make the catch, but the ball came free as he was hit hard by LB Bruce Irvin. He made a key reception on a slant for a gain of 20 yards to convert a first down after a delay of game call gave the team a more difficult 3rd and 6 to go. Graham was targeted deep again late in the 3rd quarter and had his hands on the ball, but the ball was knocked away again, this time by Maxwell who closed perfectly on the play. Graham finally shook the coverage and caught a short pass over the middle, then avoided Marshall for a 20-yard gain and another Saints first down. Graham was targeted twice in late drives, including one play near the goal line, where K. J. Wright had excellent coverage.
2013 Week 14 vs CAR (11 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)
Jimmy Graham caught a pass on the second scoring drive on a crossing pattern for a gain of 8 yards. He was targeted again, but the pass was low and behind him and fell incomplete. Graham closed out the first half scoring, catching a pass in stride on a crossing pattern, beating Luke Kuechly for the score. Graham made another nice catch in the middle of the 3rd quarter, reaching down low on a crossing pattern that went for a gain of 15 yards and a first down. Graham caught two more passes as the Saints drove for another TD in the 4th quarter. The first catch featured a physical run after the reception that gained 22 yards and gave the team a first and goal to go. Graham caught his 2nd TD pass on the next play on a quick in that he powered over the tackle into the end zone.
2013 Week 15 vs STL (6 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was targeted on two passes in the first half and both were intercepted. On the first play, Graham was open but the ball was thrown behind him and Graham had no chance to get back to the ball. The second saw Graham being defended by three Rams and the ball was well underthrown and easily intercepted. Graham finally made a catch on an out route. He was wide open and Brees hit him in stride for a gain of 13 yards and a first down. Graham caught a quick in for a gain of 12 yards and a first down. Graham dropped a pass early in the third quarter. Graham was well covered most of the game and only had 2 catches on 6 targets.
2013 Week 16 vs CAR (11 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham was targeted on the Saints initial possession, but was well covered and the defender was allowed to be physical breaking up the play. Graham was targeted next in the red zone, but the play was again physically contested and the pass fell incomplete. Graham later made two receptions in the first half, but both were short patterns and gained only 11 yards. Graham was targeted on a back shoulder throw early in the 3rd quarter, but was well covered and the pass fell incomplete. Graham was again targeted late in the 3rd quarter, but Kuechly dropped off in zone coverage that Brees did not see and Kuechly easily intercepted the pass. Graham made three huge plays as the Saints drove for a TD in the 4th quarter to retake the lead. The first was a short throw that the defender attempted to deflect. When he missed the deflection, Graham made the catch and broke free, turning the play into a 46 yard gain. Graham found a crease in the zone on the next catch, going high for the grab and a gain of 12 yards and another first down. The third catch on the drive was a perfect pass, a little high that allowed Graham to use his size and easily out leap the defender for the 5 yard TD catch.
2013 Week 17 vs TB (8 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
Graham provided another match up nightmare for the opponent on Sunday. Graham's size and strength allowed him to out leap defenders for the ball and also muscle passes away in traffic. His touchdown catch came from about the 10 yard line. Graham began the play split out wide, but motioned in to the slot. He ran a slant right to the goal line and sat down in the middle of three zone defenders. Brees zipped the ball into Graham and he absorbed a few blows as the three defenders converged. He also made a spectacular play on a 33 yard gain in the first quarter. Lined up at the traditional in-line tight end spot, Graham got a free release down the seam. Brees fit the ball in between a trailing nickel corner and an over the top safety. As Graham caught the ball, he wrestled the two defenders for an extra five yards. It's evident that despite all the weapons at his disposal, Brees still looks for Graham in the most crucial situations. Graham was targeted 8 times on the day, the most of any Saints player.
2013 Week 18 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham was double covered most of the night and was frequently hit as he attempted to release into patterns. He got a good release on the Saints third possession and found an opening where he caught the well thrown pass for a gain of 21 yards and a first down. His second reception came on a 3rd down play with the Saints needing 7 yards. Graham caught the short pass and attempted to stretch the ball for the first down and fumbled with the Eagles recovering. The play was reviewed and overturned, providing the Saints a field goal opportunity. Graham made a great catch between two defenders late in the first half and gained another 17 yards and a first down. His last target was five plays later when Brees attempted to hit him at the goal line. He was double covered and the pass fell incomplete. Graham did not have a target in the second half.
2013 Week 19 vs SEA (6 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Graham was totally ineffective for the Saints against the Seahawks. He rarely got open and when he did, the safeties arrived simultaneously with the ball. He was off the field on a lot of the Saints running plays, which should have given the defense a heads-up on some of those play calls. He had only one target in the first half and that pass was deflected away by Earl Thomas as he closed right as the pass arrived. Graham had targets on consecutive plays late in the 4th quarter. The first should have been intercepted by Chancellor as it appeared that Brees anticipated a move that Graham did not make, Graham appeared to be open on the next play, but Earl Thomas deflected the pass just as it arrived. Graham finally made a catch on the next to last play of the game. He caught a short route over the middle for a short 8 yard gain that the Seahawks were happy to allow as the clock was running out on the Saints.
2012 Week 1 vs WAS (10 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec)
Graham got off to an electric start in 2012, seemingly eager to repeat his 2011 Pro Bowl season. Towards the end of the first quarter, Graham beat double coverage on an inside seam route to snag a degree-of-difficulty catch for the game's first touchdown. The All-Pro made a similarly otherworldly grab in the second quarter in traffic. Finishing the day with six catches for eighty-five yards, Graham also planted an old-school stiff-arm on a Washington defensive back to follow up his in-traffic catch. Graham did leave the game for a few snaps after what appeared to be a left wrist injury, but he seemed to be fine for the rest of the game.
2012 Week 2 vs CAR (13 / 7 / 71 / 1 rec)
If there is any player on the Saints offense on whom you can rely, it is Jimmy Graham. He looked dominant the entire game and would have had a bigger statistical day had the Saints' passing attack been able to click more than it did. Graham reeled in a touchdown on an option route in the red zone, Brees finding him with ease when he spotted that Graham was getting a free release. Graham dominated the Panthers' linebackers, none of whom could keep up with his quick breaks and sheer strength. Graham was targeted on a crossing route in the red zone and it would have been a walk-in touchdown, but he dropped it as a pair of Panthers delivered a blow. Later, Graham was matched up with CB Chris Gamble on a nine route, and Brees went right to him. Gamble made an excellent play to break it up, however. Graham and Brees have an outstanding connection on the field and it should continue to get better.
2012 Week 3 vs KC (8 / 4 / 16 / 1 rec)
Other than Graham's one yard touchdown it was a very mediocre day for the tight end. He had two dropped passes including one down the seam that would have been a 20+ yard gain and ten yard out where he was wide open in overtime. Both throws were right on the money and just looked like concentration lapses. Chiefs
2012 Week 4 vs GB (9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham is obviously the star of the show in tight end world in the Bayou, and though he didn't have a touchdown against the Packers, he put up another solid night with 7 catches for 76 yards. By my count, all 8 of Graham's targets were shorter routes, which is a slight break from the norm, as he does run deeper routes here and there. If not for his athletic ability after the catch, it could have easily been a 50 yard performance instead of a 76 yard one. Graham's long gain was a solid YAC display on a 1st and 20 early in the first quarter. Keep him rolling as a stud tight end in fantasy lineups.
2012 Week 5 vs SD (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Graham wasn't heavily involved in the first half, as he dropped his first target failing to adjust to a low ball on the outside before catching a shallow crossing route underneath. At the half he had an ankle issue and became a decoy from then on.
2012 Week 8 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Graham may have been active in this game, but he was notably not at his best returning from injury. Graham's first target came on the first drive of the game when the ball was thrown slightly behind him. If Graham had attacked the football and worked back to it, he likely would have had a reception. Instead he looked lethargic as he let the defender beat him to the ball. A fully healthy Graham likely works back to the football and catches the pass. Graham instantly rebounded with a 13 yard reception wide open off bootleg play-action. Graham obviously wasn't at his imposing best, but he converted a second and 13 running a crossing route as well as he can in the second quarter. However, things dropped off then. The Saints threw a screen pass to Graham that was blown up by Wesley Woodward as soon as he caught the ball. Graham wasn't targeted at all in the third quarter before he dropped an easy reception over the middle at the start of the fourth. That was followed up with an almost identical drop on the next drive. Graham finally caught a pass in the fourth quarter, but the game was well into garbage time at that point. Graham scored a touchdown in garbage time on a seam route. It really wasn't an impressive performance however.
2012 Week 9 vs PHI (11 / 8 / 72 / 1 rec)
After hobbling around Mile High Stadium last week, Graham looked rejuvenated and motivated this week. Graham is battling through a high ankle sprain, but his routes are crisp and his toughness is undeniable. Graham caught Drew Brees's first target of the game, working across the field for nine yards. During his next drive, Brees found Graham on a consecutive plays for gains of 9 and 7 yards, respectively. On both plays, Graham ran out-routes that required planting his outside foot while making sharp cuts to the outside. His ankle showed no ill effects. During his team's third drive, Brees found Graham down the left sideline for a big 20-yard gain. Graham caught five of eight passes during the first half for 56 yards. After halftime, Graham found paydirt during his team's sixth drive. On a 2nd-and-goal play from the six yard line, Brees dumped a pass off to Graham. Graham side-stepped a linebacker and waltzed into the end zone for the score. Graham delivered his patented goal post dunk after the score. After this performance, it's safe to say that Graham is back to his normal routine of outrunning linebackers and terrorizing safeties.
2012 Week 10 vs ATL (8 / 7 / 146 / 2 rec)
Hindered by an ankle injury the past several weeks, Graham exploded for one hundred and forty-six yards on seven catches, including two of his trademark dunk-over-the goalpost touchdowns. The six-foot-seven college basketball player dominated an Atlanta secondary that, because of physical mismatches, simply had no solution for him. The Saints used Graham out wide and in the slot, playing the best matchup. Three of Graham's plays stand out among his seven catches on eight targets. On his first scoring play, just outside of the Falcons' red zone, Graham took a post route pass from Brees following a fake screen pass for nineteen yards. Graham then dragged members of the Atlanta secondary along with him into the end zone for a Saints touchdown - hardly the sort of action performed by a player with an ailing ankle. Graham's second scoring play of the day was a bit more routine. Inside the Atlanta red zone, Graham snagged a ten yard pass from Brees on an out-and-up route, then added four more yards for a second touchdown dunk. The tight end's third highlight reel play of the afternoon was, as they say, YACtastic - running a sideline go route, Graham caught a twenty-three yard pass from Brees and took it downfield for an additional twenty-three yards into the Falcons' red zone, setting up a Garrett Hartley field goal that proved the cushion the Saints needed in their 31-27 victory over the Falcons. While Graham did post a series of clunker games in October and into November, it appears that he is over his ankle injury and prepared to compete with New England's Rob Gronkowski as the NFL's number one tight end.
2012 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 6 / 29 / 1 rec)
Graham was able to secure all six targets on Sunday, but only picked up 29 yards, including a one-yard TD. Given a free release on the goal line, Graham snuck into the back of the end zone for the TD. Graham did a nice job breaking off his route and coming back on his 2nd catch as Brees was scrambling to find an outlet, picking up nine yards on the play. Graham was give free release again on his next catch, running uncovered over the middle. Graham averted disaster on the play, as he fumbled when CB Joselio Hanson delivered a shot, but was saved by Pierre Thomas. Oakland did a nice job on Graham's next three catches, making the immediate tackle and not allowing the TE to get up field for extra yardage. A fairly sub par day, Graham salvaged it with the short TD, but wasn't needed much as the rout was on early.
2012 Week 12 vs SF (6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Half of Graham's catches came on New Orleans' final drive, during which San Francisco played a deep prevent defense. For most of the game, Graham was shadowed by Patrick Willis wherever the young tight end lined up. This severely limited Graham's production, as Willis had the power to jam Graham at the line, as well as the speed to keep up with Graham on his routes. Graham was able to jam Willis once, sprinting off the line and hitting the linebacker, then cutting inside to gain some good separation and make the catch. But more often than not, the San Francisco linebackers kept Graham covered, and Brees' first pick-six was the result of Ahmad Brooks sliding underneath Graham's route and catching the forced throw.
2012 Week 13 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Graham's first reception came in the second quarter as he caught a very quick pass behind a defender for a first down. Graham was barely involved in the game and was repeatedly rotating in and out of the lineup. His next target came in the third quarter when he failed to work back to the football and nearly saw the ball intercepted after a tip when a defender jumped in front of him. A few plays later, after a pump fake before play-action, Brees hit Graham in the hole between the linebackers and safeties for a first down near the goalline. Graham caught a crossing route for five yards to begin the fourth quarter. Graham had a second target at the beginning of the fourth quarter, when John Abraham was left in single coverage against the athletic tight end. He caught the ball for a big gain and a first down.
2012 Week 14 vs NYG (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham did not have quite the productive game you might expect as QB Brees threw for over 350 yards against the Giants. The Giants doubled Graham often and hit/redirected the big play tight end at the line of scrimmage to disrupt the timing with QB Brees. Graham's biggest play was 27 yards as he had to run shorter routes for the most part in this game. Graham caught some slants/outs but could never shake the defense for long. On one occasion, Brees tried to fit a pass into Graham on a seam route but the ball was tipped and picked off by the defense. Graham showed nice athleticism and speed hauling in a big catch on a seam route but it was his biggest play of the game. Graham had a chance at a touchdown in the redzone but the pass was too far in front of him and was picked off by the lurking safety. Graham had a few catches in garbage time also as the team fell behind big in the fourth quarter. Graham is usually an excellent redzone threat with his speed but the Saints could not get the ball into the endzone and settled for field goals too often.
2012 Week 15 vs TB (9 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Graham was Brees' favorite target, picking up nine targets with five catches including a long of 24 yards. Graham opened the game with an easy 12-yard out, but his best play came just before halftime. After picking up eight yards and a body bruise after a brutal hit from Barron, Graham went right back into enemy territory down the seam on the very next play. Needing both a short memory and testicular fortitude, Graham high pointed the ball in heavy traffic and maintained control despite the rough landing pull down the 24-yard catch. Working mostly the shorter underneath routes, Graham received one more deep target late in the game. Again, running down the seam, the heavily covered Graham couldn't make the contested catch in the end zone. Graham did have one more drop, but news of an injured wrist surfaced earlier in the week, which certainly contributed.
2012 Week 17 vs CAR (16 / 9 / 115 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham looked to be back to near his best against Carolina, absorbing contact with thirst for more and catching almost everything (he had a poor drop in the first half). Graham ripped the seam to test the Panthers' discipline in the back end, and came up with a statement grab in traffic on third down early. In the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, Graham repeated the feat, securing a well-thrown Brees' pass down the seam. Graham got into the end zone as Brees found him for a straightforward touchdown when Graham crossed the face of his defender in the red zone. The athletic freak caught several passes towards the end of the game as the Saints clawed their way back in 2-minute mode. This performance was highly encouraging and serves as a reminder of what Brees and Graham can do as partnership after a 'down' year in 2012 compared to their incredible 2011 season.
2011 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham lined up all over the formation, including split out as the X receiver (split end) and in the slot as well as in-line. Graham did not have much of a say offensively early in the game as Brees went elsewhere with his passes due to solid coverage on his TE. Graham was targeted early in the red zone but unfortunately tripped over a Packers defender. Despite his remonstrations with the officials, no pass interference was called. Later, Graham made a great catch across the middle in traffic. He finished strong with a touchdown catch in the red zone on a simple out route as Brees conned the defense with back-to-back fakes. Graham was blanketed in coverage at times in this game but played a solid game overall.
2011 Week 2 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 79 / 0 rec)
Targeted early in the end zone but could not connect with Brees. Before the half he lined up in the slot and ran free off the line. Before Lance Briggs could track him he was well on his way into the secondary and ended up on the receiving end of a nice 25-30 yard strike. He can change field position quickly for the Saints. He followed that catch with a very nice run blocking effort on the next play which sprung Ingram for a quick 8 yard pick up. He is doing everything they ask of him. He also is difficult to bring down after he catches the ball. He put a lick on Major Wright that knocked him out of the game briefly. Graham has a lot of power to go with his speed.
2011 Week 3 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 100 / 1 rec)
Graham was targeted twice in the Saints first drive of the game, but then was not heard from again until the second half. He mostly worked the middle of the field, though his touchdown came on a deep pass up the left sideline. Graham proved a mismatch for the corners that the Texans tried to cover him with deep. He had a big run after the catch where he fought to try to get into the end zone, energizing the stadium though he was brought down at the four yard line.
2011 Week 4 vs JAX (14 / 10 / 132 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham is an absolute stud, especially in this offense where Brees caters to him and he really can look impossible to cover. Graham is too large for any DB as he can easily out jump them and too fast as he can outrun almost any LB. He is a lethal target on third down aswell as Brees hit his new favourite target for first downs on numerous occasions. Graham scored an easy touchdown as the defense bit hard on play action on the goal line and he was wide open. He made a huge catch down the seam, plucking the ball over the head of a defender and made another big play on wheel route as he simply ran away from a defender. The only way to stop Graham is to get to Brees.
2011 Week 5 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 129 / 0 rec)
Jimmy Graham became the definition of matchup nightmare against the Panthers, singlehandedly keeping Saints drives alive on several occasions. Graham produced catch after catch lined up in a variety of positions. The kind of timing he has with his quarterback was on show on a picture perfect back shoulder throw in the first quarter. All Graham had to do was turn around and the ball was in his hands. Graham showed the strength he has after the catch as well, absorbing the blows from defenders often. His highlight reel play was a one-handed catch off a deflection. On another day the safety in coverage would have had a pass breakup, but Graham kept his eye on the ball and secured it with one hand in an impressive show of concentration. The Panthers used several different coverages to attempt to stop the tight end, but nothing could stop him. Graham was utterly unstoppable from first whistle to last and belongs in the elite group of tight ends in the NFL.
2011 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 7 / 124 / 0 rec)
Graham is now only the 2nd Tight End in NFL history to rip off 4 straight 100 yard games and the other person to do it is named Tony Gonzalez. pretty elite company to be in and a solid sign of what is to come for this kid. He s only scratching the surface because he only played football for the first time when he was at the Univ of Miami and even then it was really only for about a year or two so he is still very raw; what a scary thought. late int he 1st half he went leaping up on a seam route and made a fantastic catch as he leaped over everyone. On the play he out jumped Ronde Barber and then was lit up by Tanard Jackson who was back form a 1 year suspension and ready to make up for lost time. Graham was hurt a little bit and is probably sore this morning but he bounced back and continued on throughout the game to lead a furious comeback by the Saints. he catches most of what comes his way. Graham unfortunately was the guy who took out Sean Payton but it wasn't his fault and I'm sure the two of them will discuss it and Sean will tell him it had nothing to do with him. Graham was fighting for yards and no coach is going to be upset about that.
2011 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 6 / 54 / 2 rec)
The man is simply a beast. Graham is so big, athletic, and savvy for a player who only played one year of college football that it just doesn't seem fair to whoever has the unfortunate assignment of guarding him. Graham didn't have the usual big plays downfield, but was ever-present in the red zone, using his huge frame and strength to position himself to receive 2 TDs from Brees.
2011 Week 8 vs STL (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Graham has raised the bar pretty high this season, and so this was one was a disappointment. Brees tried again and again to get him the ball without success. This over-reliance resulted in a late pick six (intended for Graham) that put away the game. The whole Saints offense was a little off today, and Graham could be the poster boy for the team. Yes, he caught half of his targets, but the ones he missed really stood out: First, the interception. After that, another chance over the middle but he ended up tipping the ball and nearly creating another turnover. On the final drive, Graham was targeted in the end zone, but couldn't pull the ball in. It's not that he made a lot of mistakes, but in a game of inches he came up short too many times.
2011 Week 9 vs TB (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Saints TE Jimmy Graham continued his spectacular sophomore season with another good display against Tampa Bay. He presents several matchup issues as the Saints line him up all over the formation. Brees went to him early and often, although the Bucs made a concerted effort defensively to take him away. It was to no avail, as Brees and Graham began to riff together in the two minute drill at the end of the first half. Graham shows incredible toughness down the seam - he took a hit on a nice 19 yard reception but popped right back up. Graham worked the short to intermediate area of the field to perfection, getting open at will in the second half. His star continues to rise in this offense.
2011 Week 10 vs ATL (12 / 7 / 82 / 1 rec)
Despite having two drops early in the game, QB Brees never stopped targeting his TE Jimmy Graham. Graham was another unstoppable player in this game. Graham at his size and speed is a nightmare in every sense of the word for a defense. He cannot be covered and demands attention every single pass play. Graham caught a big crossing route and looked incredibly athletic as he leapt over a defender, though it was somewhat unnecessary. His touchdown was far too easy though, as busted coverage allowed him to sit and wait for the ball in the endzone for his only score. He got a huge workload from Brees in terms of targets as Brees knows nobody can truly cover TE Graham.
2011 Week 12 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 84 / 2 rec)
Jimmy Graham continued to look indefensible at times and dominated the Giants secondary. Graham started off the game hot with a big fade catch down the field. A bizarre 4th down call which saw backup QB/holder Daniel attempt a fake FG pass to Graham resulted in him just being shy of the first down. Brees was trying to get the ball to Graham a lot. Graham was out fought for a high pass by S Grant near the goal line in the first half. However Brees came right back to his TE later in the game and found him on the slant for a very simple touchdown. Graham was afforded space at the line by his defender and that play would have worked 100 times in a row if called. Late in the game, the Saints were awarded a short field by a fumble and Brees found Graham almost straight away down the field on a huge corner route, which was initially not ruled a touchdown. Graham used great body control and awareness to secure the catch and the call was overturned to give him his second touchdown. It almost looked too easy at times for the TE as the Giants gave him free releases and he ran with it and dominated the secondary when Brees looked his way.
2011 Week 13 vs DET (9 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)
Graham made an insane early 16 yard grab in the first quarter where Brees fired it over the defender and Graham just barely scooped it in over the defenders head. In the second half it was all Graham, as he got target after target as the Lions had no answers for him. His versatility as a TE is becoming almost unguardable by most LB's and Brees seems to be relying on him more and more each week. Gronk has the edge in TD leagues, but in PPR leagues, Graham is a sure-fire stud each week. His ability to get open against the Detroit LB's in the second half allowed the Saints to hold onto the ball and keep possession despite a good job of the Detroit defense in many facets of their game in the 2nd half.
2011 Week 14 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Graham was targeted often by quarterback Drew Brees but was overthrown on a number of occassions. If Brees had been on target to his tight end he would have had a much bigger day. His best catch came on a fade to the left side of the end zone that ended up as an incompletion. On the play, Graham battled his man for the ball and appeared to make a dazzling touchdown catch. The play was ruled incomplete although replays appeared to show different. Regardless, Graham was a matchup nightmare for Tennessee, routinely finding himself wide open 12-16 yards downfield outside the hash marks. His speed and size are almost impossible to defend. The Saints did not call for him to run many downfield routes so a number of his catches were on short screen passes and quick outs. Once again, if Brees (who is one of the more accurate quarterbacks in the league) had been on-target to Graham, he may well have finished the day with ten catches.
2011 Week 15 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)
Graham's day did not begin auspiciously, fumbling the ball away on a big gain down the middle of the field, setting up an early Viking field goal. Graham would make up for it before long, though, posting up in the right corner of the end zone for a 1-yard TD catch in 1-on-1 coverage. Brees took a couple of shots deep downfield to Graham, but they could not make the connection as Graham could only get one hand on the ball. On his relatively quiet receptions between the 20s, Graham showed the throwback ability to carry defenders for an extra 3+ yards after contact.
2011 Week 16 vs ATL (9 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
Graham had a pretty quiet night based his lofty standards 4 catches 42 yards and one touchdown feels like this phenom's floor for production. Early on, it looked like the combination of Brees to Graham was going to be unstoppable gaining 17 yards on a quick pass up the seam, which would be his long of the night. Graham could've had 3 touchdowns on the evening having one ball over thrown in the end zone, one ball deflected in the end zone causing the ball to go backwards and intercepted but the third time turned out to be the charm on a perfectly thrown ball high in the air while facing single coverage for a 9 yard touchdown.
2011 Week 17 vs CAR (9 / 8 / 97 / 1 rec)
Jimmy Graham's marvelous season ended on a high note with more great connections with Brees. Graham caught a touchdown pass down the seam out of a 12 personnel alignment. The Saints flooded one side of the field with receivers, forcing the Panthers zone coverage to pick their poison. Graham skied for the pass and came down with it. Graham's most ridiculous catch of the year came in the third quarter as he caught a pass one-handed, allowing it to basically roll down the length of his arm before grabbing it. He did all of this with a defender in his face trying to rip the ball away. This kind of production will be the norm from now on for Jimmy Graham.
2011 Week 18 vs DET (11 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)
If Jimmy Graham having 55 yards and a score on 7 catches is an off day, then Graham had an "off" day on Saturday vs. the Lions. Graham lost some production and balls as Brees looked to other targets who stepped up big such as WR's Colston, Henderson and Meachem. As a result, Graham lost some redzone opportunities as his WR teammates scored on big plays several times but he still made his contribution known. Graham started the game with a terrific grab as S Louis Delmas was draped all over him but still secured the catch. Graham then hauled in a big pass over the middle after taking a big shot from a LB. Graham thought he had a big play as he was racing down the sideline after an out route catch from Brees but he had stepped slightly out of bounds. When Brees noticed that TE Graham was left uncovered on the goal line, the Center could not snap the ball fast enough as Brees rifled it to Graham on the outside immediately for the easy looking touchdown. Graham wasn't heavily needed in terms of yards and first downs as Colston took care of the first downs for his team and big plays down the field to Meachem and Henderson took away some of the workload that Graham is usually a bigger part of, the only "problem" of being in a super explosive offense like New Orleans.
2011 Week 19 vs SF (8 / 5 / 103 / 2 rec)
Left the game early with an injury but managed to come back in the 2nd quarter and actually scored the first Saints touchdown of the day. He came down hard on the play which could have been a concussion for some players but Graham showed gritty toughness and is quickly earning a reputation in the NFL beyond just some flashy stats. Late in the game with the Saints trailing 29-24, Jimmy Graham runs right down the middle of the field and manages to create a little separation between Willis and then makes Whitner miss as he splits the defenders and runs the ball the final 40 yards into the end zone for his 2nd touchdown on the day and almost helped the Saints earn a victory. He was one upped by the TE on the other side of the football who had his own late game heroics planned. Graham showed the type of beast he can be in this league. He was injured but kept playing, posting huge numbers, making clutch receptions and while early in his career Graham is showing a lot of maturity in his game.
2010 Week 4 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Graham got an early end around carry and gained the first down, but didn't show anything special on the carry.
2010 Week 6 vs TB (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Was great to see him in the game. The rookie is not going to see the field much this year but hopefully as he gains experience he can line himself up for 2011 and 2012 with this team as Shockey's career will be winding down.
2010 Week 7 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Graham is a rookie TE with a bright future. He had some very nice catches and is going to be one of Brees' favorite targets as he learns the game. He is fast and has tremendous size. Graham was billed as a project with all the tools, and he showcased them in this game. On one crossing pattern, Brees threw it to him and Graham's incredible wingspan just gives his QB a huge target to throw to. I look for Graham to overtake Thomas eventually and be a bigtime TE.
2010 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
This is the player that needs to be on your fantasy radar. Graham has great hands, as evidenced by his stretching out to catch a ball that Brees threw way out in front of him and very low. Then in the 2nd quarter, Brees hit him on a19 yard TD strike in which he simply outran the linebacker. Graham has impressive size and speed, and though he was labeled a project coming out of Miami, he has quickly incorporated himself into the gameplan. If Bush and Thomas can return this year, defenses will be hard-pressed to cover all areas of the field, as Graham has much higher overall physical tools than either of the other two TE's on the Saints roster.
2010 Week 11 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Graham gained momentum as the game wore on, finishing with 8 targets and clearly, the confidence of his QB. Early on, he had a chance on a deep pass in the end zone but was too well covered to come down with it. In the second half Graham really came alive, showing the ability to gain separation and catch the ball in stride, even when it wasn't perfectly on target, not to mention a knack for getting open; whereas the other tight end, David Thomas, was targeted nearly as often, but almost always seemed to be covered.
2010 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Graham saw extended play due to Jeremy Shockey being inactive for the game. Graham opened the game with a quick strike from Brees, gaining 14 yards and opening the game with a bang. Unfortunately for him, he wasn't targeted again until the third quarter. He was targeted three times on that drive, but only came up with one check-down reception for six yards. He had a great catch late in the third quarter where he was working one on one on the sideline and made a great catch but the ball popped out when he hit the ground and that pass was ruled incomplete. Early in the 4th quarter, Brees hit Graham deep over the middle with a perfect pass but the ball skipped off of Graham's hands and was intercepted. Graham's only other 'contribution' was coming on to the field late for a punt later in the quarter and Graham was flagged for an illegal shift.
2010 Week 13 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 72 / 0 rec)
Graham showed up big in the two-minute drill, catching a long ball on a seam route to set up a field goal right before halfitme. Graham also ran a nice out route for one of his other two catches, but his targets and playing time have been reduced with Jeremy Shockey's return to the lineup.
2010 Week 14 vs STL (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Graham only managed to catch one ball for 21 yards but continues to impress and see more playing time in the offense. With Shockey getting older with each passing year and Graham looking like the future at the position, he's definitely worth a roster stash if you're the type who likes to keep promising young talent for practically no money (or round penalty).
2010 Week 15 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 29 / 2 rec)
Graham made a crazy one-handed twisting catch for a TD, and grabbed another TD on a pass out of run formation at the goal line. He also had a screen pass target and few other short receptions. His production may be inconsistent, but Graham is used heavily in the red zone and occasionally on long routes, which is gold for a fantasy TE.
2010 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)
Graham is clearly emerging as the Saints go to TE in almost all situations. That trust paid off big time in week 16 as Graham ate up single coverage on a slant route TD for the go ahead points late in the game. That's 3 TD's in 3 games for the rookie. He managed to make 3 other grabs of the short variety, but the sky looks to be the limited moving forward with him.
2010 Week 17 vs TB (2 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Graham left the game early with a leg injury but certainly continues to show very good chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees as we move into the playoffs. Graham caught both balls thrown his way one for a first down and one for a touchdown. Graham's size is a real asset and he showed why that - and his athleticism - make him so dangerous on his touchdown reception. On that play, Brees threw a little behind Graham, to the inside rather than high and outside. Graham jumped up and reached over Buc CB Ronde Barber, plucking the ball out of the air for a touchown. If the injury to his leg isn't serious, he could be a huge threat in the playoffs.