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Jimmy Graham | Tight End

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 265
College: Miami (FL)
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Following Sunday's Pro Bowl, Jimmy Graham said he still believes he will avoid offseason shoulder surgery.
Graham looked healthy during the Pro Bowl, catching three passes for 30 yards with two touchdowns. "It made a big difference, just having some rest," he said. We still don't know the exact specifics of Graham's injury, but we do know it really limited his catch radius and role during a disappointing 85-889-10 season. He'll get a lot more rest before next season, setting up a potential bounce-back campaign in 2015. Jan 26 - 9:07 AM

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Jimmy Graham said he's still considering offseason shoulder surgery.

Graham didn't miss any games due to his shoulder issue, but it noticeably limited his production in the second half. He reportedly plans to use the Pro Bowl to decide whether he'll need surgery. Graham had an 85/889/10 line in 2014.
Jan 24 - 7:07 PM

Jimmy Graham anticipates avoiding offseason shoulder surgery.

Graham battled a shoulder injury for the entire second half of the 2014 season, severely affecting his production. He wouldn't reveal the injury's specifics in a Thursday interview with reporters. Still only 28 years old, we suspect Graham has a few seasons left in him of top-three tight end production. He'd be a value pick in the third round of 2015 fantasy drafts.
Jan 22 - 3:52 PM

Jimmy Graham caught 6-of-9 targets for 54 yards in New Orleans' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

The day was a microcosm of Graham's massively disappointing season, as he appeared to tweak his troublesome right shoulder, and failed to fight for what could have been 1-2 more catches in traffic. Graham admitted to the broadcast crew during the week that he simply hasn't been the same since getting injured in Week 5, and both his stats and on-the-field play support that. Now 28, there's a strong chance Graham will undergo offseason surgery. He closes the book on 2014 with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 scores. The yards are his fewest since his rookie year in 2010. It's a tough pill to swallow for fantasy owners who made Graham a first-round pick, but he'll be an exceedingly obvious bounce-back candidate in 2015.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will undergo an MRI next week.

Graham has been playing through his shoulder injury since Week 5, but it's been an issue for him all year. It's possible he could require an offseason procedure. Graham has averaged 41 yards per game with only one touchdown over the last month.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Jimmy Graham caught 6-of-10 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Falcons.

Graham started slowly, failing to corral his first four targets and committing a bad drop on third down. He came on in the second half, catching a short touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and "fumbling" at the "one-yard line" on what should have been another score. Graham does not appear to be 100 percent, but he has double-digit targets in three of his last four games. Graham will close out the season against the Bucs next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Jimmy Graham played on 65.2 percent of the snaps against the Bears in Week 15.

It's down from the 77.4 percent he played in Week 14. It was also extremely frustrating to see Graham not even on the field when No. 3 TE Josh Hill was the primary read on two goal-line plays and converted both for scores. Still, Graham has run 78 pass routes the last two weeks and put 5-87-0 on the Bears despite his shoulder issue. Season-longers have to fire him up as the No. 2 tight end play in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 87 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

Graham, Kenny Stills, and Marques Colston each tied for the team lead with seven targets. After combining for 3-25 the previous two games, it was nice to see Graham get back on track and see an end-zone target. However, he couldn't corral the fade pass. To throw salt in the wound of Graham's owners, No. 3 TE Josh Hill caught two short touchdowns. Graham gets the Falcons in fantasy title week. He caught 10 passes for 82 scoreless yards against Atlanta in Week 1.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:14:00 AM

Jimmy Graham played on 55-of-71 (77.4 percent) of the snaps in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

It's way up from last week, when Graham played on just 56.1 percent of the snaps and ran a meager 19 routes. With the Saints trailing for the entire game against the Panthers, he ran a season-high 46 routes but still frustrated by coming down with just 3-of-11 targets. Graham's usage is intact, so we're still confident in him as a top-3 tight end option at Chicago on Monday night in Week 15.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Jimmy Graham caught 3-of-11 targets for 25 yards in New Orleans' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

He at least got targeted this time, but it was another lost afternoon for the Saints' superstar tight end. Graham committed a drop, had a catch overturned by a penalty and appeared to tweak something late in the Saints' blowout loss. It didn't appear to be anything to worry about, but was the icing on the cake of a horrendous day for the Saints. Owners should know they have to keep firing Graham up as a top-three tight end, but frustration is understandable.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Jimmy Graham conceded that his early-season shoulder injury has continued to give him problems.

Graham said it's mostly affected him as a blocker. His Week 13 goose egg was the result of double and triple teams by the Steelers' defense, not an injury. "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's playing time has been back to normal for about a month now. He's a top-two tight end play Sunday versus Carolina.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Jimmy Graham blamed his zero-catch Week 13 on the Steelers undercutting his routes.

Graham oddly had zero targets and gave the Steelers credit. "Usually (defenders) wait until I break," he said. "(Troy Polamalu and Will Allen) are smart players. I can tell that they're watching a lot of film and looking at tendencies and formations and splits." The Steelers also had defenders over the top of Graham, paying tons of attention to him on a day when Kenny Stills popped off for 5-162-1. We'd expect a bounce-back for Graham against the Panthers in Week 14 -- zero targets are unacceptable no matter what the coverage is.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 09:14:00 PM

Jimmy Graham was held without a catch on zero targets in the Saints' Week 13 win over the Steelers.

Drew Brees managed five touchdown passes without the luxury of his elite tight end. Graham wasn't hurt, as he was in the game on the hands team for the Steelers' final-second onside kick. The Steelers just blanketed him with safeties, cornerbacks, and linebackers, taking him away from Brees. Graham was also noticeably absent on some third-down and red-zone situations. Look for the Saints to try and repay Graham in Week 14 against Carolina.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' Week 12 loss to the Ravens on Monday night.

Graham was targeted a game-high 10 times. His first touchdown came from 10 yards away in the flat to the left in the first quarter, while Graham later scored a garbage-time two-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder pass. Look for Drew Brees to continue to force-feed Graham on the road in Pittsburgh in Week 13. He'll be a top-two tight-end option along with Rob Gronkowski next weekend.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:19:00 AM

Jimmy Graham played on 54-of-71 snaps (76.0 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

It's the highest percentage of snaps Graham has played since Week 4. So even though he appeared to tweak his troublesome shoulder during the disappointing three-catch outing, it doesn't look like there was any real concern from the training staff. Graham has an extra day to get right with the Saints facing the Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 12. Drew Brees should really force-feed his tight end going forward, especially with Brandin Cooks (thumb) out 2-4 weeks.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:23:00 AM