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88 Jimmy Graham TE
Height/Weight: 6-7/265 | Birthdate: 11/24/1986 | Birthplace: Goldsboro, NC, USA | Team: Seattle | College: Miami (Fla.) | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 30.56
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Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham ready for increased blocking


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) 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
(6/12/2015) 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
(6/8/2015) 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
(6/3/2015) 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
(3/13/2015) 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."


Saints send Jimmy Graham to Seahawks for Max Unger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) The Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a Seattle first-round draft pick, the teams announced Tuesday. New Orleans will also part ways with their fourth-round selection. The trade is contingent on the players passing physicals.

The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.

Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).

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Saints TE Jimmy Graham's earns $5 million roster bonus


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed Wednesday, CBSSports.com's Joel Corry reports.

Including his signing and workout bonuses, Graham will count $11 million against the cap next season. He caught 85 passes for 889 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2014, marking his fourth straight season with at least 85 receptions.


Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to avoid surgery on shoulder


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he will avoid surgery on his shoulder after testing it at the Pro Bowl. 

"I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery," Graham told SiriusXM radio. "I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year."

Graham, who had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, fought off the injury for most of the season. He was still unsure about having surgery before the Pro Bowl last week.

"It was something that really needed some rest and unfortunately it wasn’t able to get that during the season," he said. "It happened early and then you have about 10 straight weeks of trying to make it to the game. Now after having about three or four weeks and last week kind of testing it at the Pro Bowl, it feels great."


Update: Jimmy Graham says surgery 'still being debated'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/22/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said he's still rehabbing his injured shoulder and has not made a final decision about whether he'll undergo surgery, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He showed no signs of discomfort at the first Pro Bowl practice, the paper said.

After the game, Graham said he'll return to Miami to train and relax.

"I'll be flying quite a bit, twirling in the air a little bit, and doing as much rehab as I can for the next four weeks," he told the paper. "This is a big week for me, just seeing where I'm at. I feel good, which is a positive, trying to stay away from getting surgery."

Surgery is "something we talked about and is something that's still being debated," Graham added. "This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent."

Graham suffered the injury Week 5 and played through it all season.


Jimmy Graham not planning to have surgery on shoulder


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/22/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said that "at this point," he doesn't plan on having shoulder surgery, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Graham hurt his shoulder Week 5 and the injury limited his snaps and production, though he didn't miss a game.

Graham would not specify his exact injury. He said his shoulder did not improve all season and that surgery was considered, per the paper. Still, Graham is preparing to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham on injured shoulder: It 'was a battle every game'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham acknowledged that playing with a bum shoulder "was a battle every game," according to the Times-Picayune. Graham told reporters Friday he may need offseason shoulder surgery, depending on the results on an MRI exam, which he'll undergo as soon as the season comes to an end.

Graham injured his shoulder Week 5 against Tampa Bay but returned two weeks later without missing any game action. He has clearly not been the same since the injury and was on a snap count his first two games back.

"I'm not going to make any excuses for it," Graham said. "I think everyone plays hurt in this league. That's just a part of the job."

Graham has the fewest receiving yards since his rookie year in 2010. He needs 165 yards in Sunday's season finale against Tampa Bay in order to surpass the 1,000-yard threshold for the second consecutive season.


Report: Saints' Jimmy Graham to have MRI on shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will have an MRI on his shoulder next week, according to the New Orleans Advocate

Graham initially injured his shoulder back in Week 5, but has been able to play through the injury all season. While his touchdown total has remained solid, Graham's yardage is down this year. It's possible he's more injured than he's let on all season, and the injury is serious enough that the team will send him for the MRI. Once the team has a diagnosis, Graham will evaluate with team doctors.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham registered another 10-TD season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham become the first player in franchise history with three seasons of three-plus touchdowns during Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Graham came down with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. He was targeted 10 times and finished with six catches for 53 yards and a score in a 30-14 defeat. He moved into second place in franchise history with 51 career touchdown receptions.

New Orleans will face Tampa Bay in Week 17.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham breaks two-game slump


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/16/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was once again a big part of the offense Monday night in Chicago. After catching three passes for 25 yards over his previous two games, Graham caught five passes for a team-high 87 yards in the easy win.

Graham tied for the team lead with seven targets. However, he was unable to come down with a contested end-zone fade late in the third quarter.

Graham looked spry, pulling in catches for 29 and 22 yards and trying to hurdle safety Brock Vereen in the fourth quarter. Graham will try to end his three-game scoreless streak Week 16 against the Falcons.


No reason to panic over Jimmy Graham


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) OK. So one week after getting shut out at Pittsburgh, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, heretofore considered a Fantasy stud, caught just three passes for 25 yards Week 14 against Carolina. That's upsetting. I'll grant you that.

But what are you going to do about it? Maybe if trading was still an option, I could see how you might consider the possibility that the shoulder sprain he suffered way back in Week 5 is too much to overcome or that defenses have suddenly figured him out five years into his career. At that point, every tight end in the game is theoretically within your reach, so it doesn't hurt to examine every possible angle.

But this late in the season, the only places you can look for alternatives are the waiver wire and your bench. And unless you somehow have both Graham and Rob Gronkowski on your roster, I'm going to say neither offers an adequate replacement.

Even if Graham's shoulder is still bothering him, as he suggested earlier in the week, he still has six touchdowns in seven games since returning. You know how many other tight ends have six touchdowns during that stretch? Try zero. Graham still led the Saints in targets in Week 14 with 11. You know how many tight ends have gotten more than 11 targets in any game this season? Heading into Week 14, only seven. Graham himself was the only one to do it more than once.

The last two weeks haven't been what you hoped to see from a player of his caliber, but Graham's potential from week to week remains too great for you to sit him.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham held to three catches Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) A disastrous Sunday afternoon at home for the Saints certainly filtered down to struggling tight end Jimmy Graham.

Graham, who is dealing with a sore shoulder, was held to just one catch in the first three quarters and finished with three for a mere 25 yards despite having 11 passes thrown his way. It's the fifth game this season in which he has gained 36 yards or less through the air.

He will try to raise his level of play against the visiting Bears next Monday night.


Report: Shoulder injury still bothering Saints' Jimmy Graham


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Despite not being listed on the Saints’ injury report, tight end Jimmy Graham told reporters Friday his shoulder has affected his ability to play, reports NBCsports.com.

“At times this year the shoulder has really held me back sometimes,” Graham said. “Other times I’m able to fight through the pain. I just got to man up and keep doing it.”

Graham did not record a catch or a target Week 13 against the Steelers. The Saints play the Panthers Week 14.


Steelers' defensive tactics keep Jimmy Graham off stat sheet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Fantasy owners were devastated Sunday when star Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had no catches during a 35-32 victory against the Steelers. In fact, Graham wasn't even targeted in the win, which was highly unusual since he leads New Orleans with 87 targets.

While Fantasy owners were not happy with Graham's production, Graham himself seemed fine with what transpired Sunday.

"For me, it's all about the W's. I don't care if it's zero catches, 10 catches or 20, as long as we win," Graham said, per ESPN.

Graham explained his absence of stats was a result of the Steelers using several different defensive tactics against him, which included safeties Troy Polamalu and Will Allen were undercutting most of his routes.

"Usually, they wait 'til I break. But he's a smart player," Graham said of Polamalu. "And [Allen], he's a smart player too, he did it once or twice. I can tell that they're watching a lot of film and looking at tendencies and looking at formations and splits. 

"But we'll watch film and we'll look at ways that we can expose that."


Jimmy Graham disappears, is not targeted


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is a huge part of the team's offensive plan on most weeks, but he wasn't involved at all in a 35-32 win over the Steelers in Week 13.

Graham wasn't even targeted in Sunday's game, the first time he has failed to have a pass thrown his way since 2010. And, though it is his second game without a catch this season, it is his first while healthy, as he was used as little more than a decay during his shutout in Week 7 against the Lions.

Graham's role has been a bit smaller than expected recently, but he has made up for that with six touchdowns in the last six games. Sunday's game should be viewed as a bump in the road for one of the best Fantasy tight ends around, however it is clear he is not quite the dominant force he has been in the past. 


Jimmy Graham not targeted once in rout of Pittsburgh


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Saints' star tight end Jimmy Graham was not targeted one time in New Orleans 35-32 win over Pittsburgh Sunday. 

In a game that saw Drew Brees throw five touchdowns, including backup tight end Benjamin Watson and Erik Lorig, Graham was held in check. 

Graham will look to bounce back next week against Carolina. He had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in their last matchup in Week 9. 


Jimmy Graham continues scoring tear on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/25/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has six touchdown catches over his past five games after hauling in two Monday night against the Ravens. Graham caught a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 2-yard score in the fourth as Drew Brees repeatedly looked his way in the red zone.

Graham drew a game-high 10 targets and finished with six catches for 47 yards. He's up to nine touchdowns after recording 16 last season.

Graham visits the Steelers in Week 13.


Saints' Jimmy Graham makes marginal impact after injury scare


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham worked past an injury scare early on, but was never the same in his team's 27-10 defeat to Cincinnati in Week 11.

Graham took a late hit on the shoulder by Cincinnati safety George Iloka on the opening drive of the game. He stepped out for a few plays before returning to the game. He failed to make much of an impact the rest of the way, catching all three of his targets for 29 yards in the loss.

Graham has 623 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this season. He will look to get back on track Week 12 against the Ravens.


Big plays missing, but Jimmy Graham still dangerous


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has put any concerns about the health of his shoulder in the rearview mirror with his recent performance, as he found the end zone two more times in Week 10 against the 49ers.

Graham hauled in 10 of 13 passes thrown his way in Sunday's overtime loss, but had just 76 yards, as the 49ers largely held him in check down the field. However, as has been the case since his return from that injury, he made the most of his chances in the red zone, hauling in two touchdowns to give him four over the last three games.

Graham hasn't had a reception go beyond 30 yards all season, which would be a first for his career. However, he has sustained his status as one of the most feared red-zone targets in the league, helping make up for a dip in his overall production. Graham might not be quite as good as he was a year ago, but it's hard to argue with these kinds of results, as he remains the top Fantasy option at the tight end position.


Saints tight end Jimmy Graham scores twice in Week 10 loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham extended his scoring game streak to three games with two touchdown receptions in a 27-24 overtime loss Week 10 to San Francisco.

Graham continues to be quarterback Drew Brees’ favorite red zone target with touchdowns of 11 and 2 yards. Graham finished with 10 receptions on 13 targets, and 76 receiving yards.

Graham almost had three touchdowns after catching a 47-yard Hail Marry pass from Brees, but Graham was called for offensive pass interference on the last play of regulation, nullifying the winning score.

Graham will have a chance to extend his scoring streak at home in Week 11 against Cincinnati.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham, WR Kenny Stills probable for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (thigh) were labeled probable for Sunday's game against the 49ers in Week 10, per the team's official website. Graham is coming off his third straight game back from injury. Stills cracked the 70-yard mark his last time out against the Panthers. Both players were never in any danger of missing game action Week 10.