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|08/29/2015||Montee Ball, RB DEN||Jimmy Graham, TE SEA|
|08/29/2015||Jimmy Graham, TE SEA||Tre Mason, RB STL|
|08/29/2015||Jimmy Graham, TE SEA|
Jordan Matthews, WR PHI
Jeremy Maclin, WR KC
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Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham ready for increased blocking
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(8/4/15) New Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham knows that he will have to become more than just a pass-catcher in Seattle's offense in order to succeed, per the Seattle Times.
Graham, not known for his blocking while a member of the Saints, will be in a two-TE set with the Hawks, forcing him to block, by his estimation, "75 percent" of the time.
"Now here I'm blocking quite a bit, and I love it," he said. "It's very important to me to be a part of that here. That's about 75 percent of the offense here. When you have a back like that, you want to be in there on those explosive runs, and you want to be a part of that."
TE Jimmy Graham facing more blocking tasks with Seahawks
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/12/15) Seahawks newcomer Jimmy Graham has proven himself as a pass-catcher in the NFL. Now he must prove himself as a blocker on a team that features the ground game.
Teammate Michael Bennett remains unsure if that will happen. He once called Graham "one of the softest players" in the sport. He has not backed off that statement. He even added since Graham arrived that he would need to block more in Seattle.
No sweat, says Graham.
"Listen, man, I'm 270 pounds," he told 710 ESPN Seattle. "I can block anybody I want to. It's all about want-to. We'll see come this first Sunday."
Graham didn't block extensively with New Orleans. He was also not healthy. He dealt with injuries to his shoulder and foot in 2013 that hindered his ability in that area. But Pro Football Focus graded him middle-of-the-pack in blocking among tight ends in 2014.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson embraces huge target that is Jimmy Graham
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(6/8/15) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never had a receiver like tight end Jimmy Graham on his side of the ball, per The Seattle Times.
Wilson is already building a relationship with the 6-foot-7 Graham in order to find the perfect spots to throw him the ball. So far in organized team activities, the perfect spot has been anywhere.
“Throwing to him is easy,” Wilson said.
Graham, one of the premier targets at tight end, knows it will take a lot of repetition for him and Wilson to eventually get on the same page, but doesn't doubt that the duo will put up big numbers this season.
“That stuff takes time,” Graham said, “but honestly me and Russ have been on kind of this accelerated learning curve. He just gets it up and gives you an opportunity to be great. We’ll be keep working on that, and we’ll be just fine come the season, because that’s a big thing. That’s all about the connection, that’s all about knowing what each other is going to do and what each other likes.”
The Seahawks ranked 20th in the league last year in redzone efficiency, one thing that Graham's size and Wilson's decision-making will dramatically improve.
“That may be one of the biggest things, just the size we have down there when things start to get tight,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham on new team: 'It's been a great transition'
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(6/3/15) Jimmy Graham is a proven NFL player. He's a three-time Pro Bowl tight end who is entering his sixth season in the league, but he's dealing with the difficulties of transitioning from one franchise to another, per The Seattle Times.
Graham was traded by the Saints to the Seahawks in early March.
“Everything’s been amazing so far — it really has," Graham said. "From the guys to the coaches to the training staff, everyone’s been truly amazing, and it’s been a great transition so far.”
Though the transition to the environment and personnel has been smooth, Graham will have to adjust to a slightly different role on this Seahawks team. Graham, who was targeted at least 120 times in the passing game over the last four years, will need to accommodate himself in a slightly reduced role within the Seahawks balanced offense.
"I know I’m probably not going to get targeted 130 times. But that’s not my concern; I just want to win games," Graham said. "And I know there will be times — big moments in a game where I’m going to have to go out there and make a play. That’s what I’m focusing on — making sure that when the ball comes my way, I’m ready to take hold of every opportunity, and to not let any of these opportunities pass me by.”
Graham caught 85 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Saints.
Jimmy Graham past shock of trade, excited to be with Seahawks
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/13/15) Tight end Jimmy Graham admits he was shocked when he learned Tuesday he was traded from the Saints to the Seahawks, according to 950 KJR in Seattle. Graham signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Saints last offseason.
"When (Saints coach Sean Payton) told me Seattle, it definitely put a grin on my face," Graham said when he learned of what team acquired him. "I’ve had some battles clearly against their defense the last couple of years. We’ve struggled against them as a team as a whole. It’s probably the one game as a player you always look forward to because they’re always so good and it’s usually a prime-time game.
"So for me it was a moment of shock, but once that shock cleared, I realized that I was going to the best team in football."
Graham has developed into one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, having finished with at least 85 receptions in four straight seasons. Although, it seems Graham is ready for whatever the coaching staff asks since his numbers might look different in Seattle's run-oriented offense.
"I’m going to do whatever it takes to win," Graham said. "I’m not complaining at all about any of that. I just want to be part of this team and I want to be there in big moment for this team and this franchise to help us win games."
|A year ago, Jimmy Graham was signed to a lavish deal by the Saints. Now he's a member of the Seahawks after being dealt there in March. The difference-making tight end should still cause all sorts of matchup problems for Seattle's opponents, but it's no secret that the Seahawks love to run. For example, they attempted 454 passes in 2014 while the Saints attempted 659 passes. That should equate to fewer opportunities for Graham, save for the red zone, where Wilson has always had an eye on his tight ends in the past. The bottom line: Graham is still the second-best tight end you can get in Fantasy, but it could be a stretch to say he'll get 1,000 yards and more than 10 touchdowns. We'd target him between 20th and 28th overall in all drafts this summer.
(Updated 4/22/15) |