WR T.J. Graham - Free Agent
|5-11, 188||Born: 7-27-1989||College: North Carolina State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 69 (2012)|
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Graham's first catch as a Saint came midway through the second quarter, a screen to the right flat that didn't provide much running room, only resulting in seven yards on third-and-12. Graham caught another screen midway through the fourth quarter, following his blockers from the left flat for 18 yards to move the chains on third down. Clearly still learning the playbook, New Orleans' decision to bring Graham in is a threat to any speculative long-term value Brandon Coleman might have had.
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
TJ Graham made his first catch of the 2014 season during the third quarter. On a 3rd-and-10 play, Graham ran a shallow crossing route, secured the catch, and turned up field for a first down.
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 67 / 1 rec)
T.J. Graham only received one target, but his big play sparked New York's dormant offense and home crowd. Vick and Graham perfectly executed a play-action fake and Graham ran a deep post route. Graham had William Gay beat and Vick perfectly dropped in a back shoulder throw.
2014 Week 15 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Graham caught his only pass during the third quarter, but it put New York's offense in the red zone and culminated with John Conner's 9-yard touchdown reception. Graham ran a short crossing route, beat his defender and turned up field for a 9-yard gain. Graham also received a target on a deep crossing route, but a poorly thrown pass from Geno Smith did not give him an opportunity to make a play.
2013 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Graham was only targeted three times, catching one of them for eight yards. It was an underneath throw on 3rd and long, but Graham was able to (luckily) get a questionable facemask penalty to give the Bills a new set of downs. It should also be noted Graham again (as he did frequently in the preseason) was able to get behind the coverage on a deep route, but Manuel badly underthrew him and the ball was nearly intercepted.
2013 Week 3 vs NYJ (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Much like they did in 2012, the Bills continue to try and use Graham's speed to get behind the coverage. Just as they struggled then, they continue to struggle now. Graham received five targets Sunday, it is safe to say only two were catchable. One went for five yards and the other Graham had a really poor drop on as he ran down the sideline. Manuel underthrew the pass and Graham did a nice job turning to the ball, but ultimately did a poor job of trying to catch with his body and couldn't hold on. While it doesn't necessarily show up in stat lines, Graham did draw two more pass interference penalties with one leading directly to Buffalo points.
2013 Week 4 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Flashing his speed and change of direction on a shallow crossing pattern that he turned into a 26-yard gain, TJ Graham was only a factor in three-wide sets as the Bills looked to get the football out of Manuel's hands quickly in such down and distance situations. With Stevie Johnson well marshalled by the Baltimore secondary, Graham was able to take advantage of the opportunity, although he recorded only two catches and is not a primary target of Manuel in key situations.
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Graham was targeted five times in the passing game, catching two and even attempted a pass on the game's opening play. Coming in motion on an end around, Graham took the handoff and targeted Johnson in the end zone. Perhaps not the smartest of throws, Graham nearly completed the throw as Johnson just missed a spectacular one-handed grab. Later, Graham's long of 12 yards came on an out as he did a nice job attacking the tackler and picked up extra yards because of it. Graham had a pretty nine-yard catch on a wide throw from Tuel where he was forced to readjust and fully extend, but also had a deep ball bounce of his hands on a ball he should have caught.
2013 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)
Graham had his best game of the season, leading the Bills in every receiving category, including six targets. Of course 47 of Graham's yards came on the third play of the game as he bested Adam Jones on the play. Jones was pressed up on Graham on the 3rd down play and the 2nd year wide receiver did a tremendous job getting off the line without a jam. Once behind the coverage, Graham just had to ensure he held on to the perfect pass from Lewis. Graham did have another bad drop (second week in a row) as he didn't adjust well to the wide throw and the ball clanked off his hands.
2013 Week 7 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Graham only received two targets, but he caught both including the offense's longest play of the day. Graham ran a corner route and Lewis dropped a perfectly thrown ball in-between the safety and cornerback. Graham fought the ball and came a bit too close ruining the pretty throw by juggling it as he fell out of bounds. Graham's other catch only went for six yards as he ran a shallow crosser and Lewis checked down to the safe throw.
2013 Week 8 vs NO (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Graham was only officially targeted four times, catching two balls for 19 yards. However, it was his fifth target that was wiped out by penalty that easily would have been his biggest play. Going vertical, Graham was able to get behind the coverage on a play action fake. Lewis put just the right amount of loft under the throw and the DB badly misread the ball and whiffed on it as he attempted to break the play up. Graham caught the pass and with no one between him and the end zone, easily walked in for what would have been a 55-yard TD grab. Unfortunately, Scott Chandler was flagged for holding and the play was called back.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (4 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Graham had a forgettable day to say the least as he was clearly outperformed by fellow speedster Goodwin. Graham only registered one catch and was only relevant in that he promptly fumbled the ball and Kansas City tacked on their 2nd defensive TD of the day. Graham had an opportunity at a big play just prior to Goodwin's TD catch, but Graham was forced to come back to the pass and he just isn't very good at making contested catches. By no means an easy catch, Graham had the ball bounce off his hands and fall incomplete.
2013 Week 11 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 74 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Graham was only targeted four times as he caught two including a long of 40 yards. Graham's first catch was exactly what the offense needed and really changed the dynamic of the game. Facing rookie CB Dee Milliner, Graham looked to run a deep fade on 3rd down. Throwing into the wind and having not set his feet, Manuel lobbed a pass to the WR that was clearly underthrown. Graham made a great adjustment on the questionable pass as Milliner, whose back was to the play, reacted too slowly. Coming back to the throw, Graham centerfielded the ball and only need to make one cut inside before walking into the end zone with a 34-yard TD catch. Needing another big play, Manuel went back to Graham against the same coverage with the same throw midway through the 3rd quarter. This time the throw was much better and Graham was able to haul it in for a 40-yard gain despite decent coverage from Milliner. Graham never looks quite as natural catching the ball, but the big play allowed Buffalo to get outside the shadows of their own goalposts just as New York was attempting to flip the momentum. Like Goodwin, Graham received one carry on an end around, but his was much less successful as he lost three yards on the play.
2013 Week 15 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Graham didn't register a catch on Sunday, but was targeted three times and also drew a key defensive pass interference penalty on 3rd down on the Bills first TD of the game.
2013 Week 16 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
With Stevie Johnson out and Marquise Goodwin ailing on the bench, Graham was tied for the team lead in targets and 2nd amongst WRs in terms of catches and yards. Graham's first catch came just before halftime as he curled up for 13 yards. With the coverage slacking off fearing the deep ball, Graham had plenty of space as he turned and Lewis made the easy completion. Just out of halftime, Graham picked up his final catch as he worked a deep out for 15 yards. The 2nd year WR did receive one red zone target, but like all of his contested jump balls this season, looked completely and utterly lost attempting to adjust to the throw. Safe to say Graham is not an ideal jump ball candidate. Graham also received one carry, but the Dolphins were all over him and he lost two yards on the carry.
2013 Week 17 vs NE (5 / 3 / 62 / 1 rec)
A rare leader receiving yards, Graham also was the lone TD recipient, but it was his drop late it the 4th quarter that may have had the biggest impact. Whilst Graham was targeted once in the 1st half, he didn't register his first catch until the 2nd half. Running vertically down the sideline, Graham was on the backend of a beautiful deep ball from Thad Lewis. Able to get behind the coverage, all Graham had to do was stretch his arms out as the ball fell right into his hands. The 2nd-year WR would ultimately finish the drive off, catching a 12-yard TD pass where he and QB manufactured nicely on a broken play. With Lewis escaping the pocket, Graham looked initially to block before slipping behind the coverage as it converged on Lewis. With no one near him, Graham easily pulled in the soft toss for a touchdown. Graham caught one more short pass for nine yards on the following drive before his brutal drop unofficially ended whatever slim hopes the Bills had. Facing a 4th and one, Lewis did a nice job to look the coverage off and Graham worked a quick slant inside. The coverage followed the QB's eyes, leaving Graham wide open and Lewis delivered a perfect ball to the WR. Graham tried to cradle the throw with his body instead of catching it and the pass bounced straight up in the air and ultimately fell incomplete. An easy catch by any standards, Graham proved yet again to be more track star than WR.
2012 Week 2 vs KC (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Graham was active this week but saw limited playing time as the team preferred to use Brad Smith as an outside receiver early in the game. Graham's only target came early in the second half when he took a screen pass and picked up 7 yards.
2012 Week 3 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
The rookie got his first shot at extensive playing time this week and made the most of it with an easy 9-yard touchdown catch on the Bills first drive of the game. A defensive breakdown left him completely uncovered in the middle of the field. He saw quite a few snaps in 3- and 4-WR sets and added a couple more receptions later in the game. Look for him to play a bigger role as the season progresses and he continues to develop.
2012 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Graham was very impressive early on as the Bills involved him a lot with screen passes. Graham used his speed to get the most out of every opportunity for multiple first downs. He then beat McCourty deep with ease down the right sideline, but Fitzpatrick underthrew the pass and the ball was intercepted. Graham got open deep again on a post route that would have gone for a touchdown if Fitzpatrick hadn't overthrown him. Graham always got the most out of the situation in front of him while looking very comfortable catching the football.
2012 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Graham flashed really good speed and ability on his opportunities. On a short slant he was able to catch and run for the first, and later he caught a short pass in space underneath and was able to run by defenders to pick up a long gain. Later in the game, he beat his man down the sideline and was missed by Fitzpatrick.
2012 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Graham was only targeted three times, catching one for six yards. Like Jones, Graham was the victim of a poorly thrown deep ball from Fitzpatrick (although pressure from the Cardinal defense didn't help the already inaccurate QB). Graham had a bad drop in OT on 2nd down just as Buffalo was trying to work its way into FG range, where he tried to run before he secured the ball. Graham easily had five yards with the potential for more, especially considering his propensity to create in space, but was unable to bring the catch in.
2012 Week 7 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Graham only had one target and one catch for six yards, but Bills' fans have to be happy with the way Graham attacks potential tacklers. Graham caught the slant and immediately turned up field looking to pick up extra yardage. No dancing or shakes, Graham has a hint of Panther great Steve Smith in him, given his size and propensity to deliver a blow on anyone who dares tackle him.
2012 Week 9 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Despite three targets on Sunday, Graham was essentially non-existent. The Bills tried to get Graham going with a screen, but poor blocking promptly blew the play up. Graham's final catch came in garbage time, but only went for five yards. On a dump across the middle, Graham was immediately blasted, but did a nice job absorbing the contact whilst staying upright and managing get up field for a short gain.
2012 Week 10 vs NE (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Graham received three targets, but only managed one catch for 11 yards on a comeback route. Graham did receive two targets on the final drive, but dropped the first on a drag. Later it was Graham who was targeted on the INT in the end zone.
2012 Week 11 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Graham was far from productive on Thursday night, only picking up five yards on two catches. However, he did draw a pass interference call on Nick Carroll, picking up 31 yards via the penalty. Outside of the penalty, Graham (like the rest of the passing offense outside of Johnson) was non-existent.
2012 Week 12 vs IND (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Graham was third on the team with 24 yards receiving, but only had two catches on three targets. Both of Graham's catches were of the same play, quick screens in the flat as Buffalo tried to get the playmaker into space. Graham was able to use solid blocking on his first catch to pick up all 24 of his receiving yards. However, the Colts were more prepared on his next catch, stoning the play at the line of scrimmage for no gain on the play.
2012 Week 13 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)
Graham only received two targets, catching both, but outnumbered all other receivers in yards three-to-one. Graham's longest catch (the Bills longest play on the day) went for 51 yards, taking the offense to the Jaguar one-yard line. Graham was able to get behind the coverage on the deep post and Fitzpatrick threw a nice toss despite the weather conditions, just missing a TD on the play. Graham had one other catch, on a quick screen (he gets one every game) where he made a nice adjustment on the throw (it was well behind him) and picked up three yards. Graham played opposite Johnson as Donald Jones missed the game due to injury, but a huge lead and a successful rushing attack really limited his opportunities in his first start.
2012 Week 14 vs STL (7 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Like Jones, Graham caught three balls for 33 yards, but he received seven targets on Sunday, which was good for second on the team. While he was targeted down the field a couple times, he did all his work underneath and quick shots against sagging coverage, including his long of 16 yards. Fitzpatrick rose up and fired as Graham immediately opened up to the pass. Like he has all season, Graham looked to attack the defense once he had the ball in his hands, picking up a violent 16 yards on the play. Graham also received one carry on an end-around, picking up five yards. The play looked like it had a big gain potential, but Graham was tripped up just as he moved to explode.
2012 Week 15 vs SEA (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Considering where Graham was taken in the draft last offseason, it is hard to imagine he didn't feel some pressure on Sunday. Unfortunately, pressured or not, Graham had probably his worst game to date as a pro, with three bad drops. When the game was in the 1st half and still theoretically winnable, he had more drops (two) than catches (one). Graham didn't appear to be fighting the ball, but his confidence was certainly shot after the first bumble.
2012 Week 16 vs MIA (7 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
While Graham caught three balls for 49 yards, the majority came on one play on the Bills lone TD drive. Running a simple vertical, Graham ran right past the zone coverage on the play. Fitzpatrick slightly underthrew the pass, missing what could have been an even bigger play, but Graham was able to slow down to make the contested catch. The underthrown ball forced Graham to use his hands on the play, which could have been a scary proposition considering the three drops a mere week ago, but the WR was able to deliver on the play.
2012 Week 17 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Like Martin, Graham only caught one ball for five yards. However, Graham did have one target deep down the field, but CB Kyle Wilson made a nice play on the ball to knock the pass down and out of Graham's outstretched arms.