Jimmy Graham | TE | New Orleans Saints
Posted: 12/1/2014 9:10am et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham did not have any receptions in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was not even targeted once. Graham targeted the two safeties for Pittsburgh, FS Will Allen and SS Troy Polamalu, for breaking his crossing routes. 'Usually (defenders) wait until I break,' Graham said Sunday, Nov. 30. '(Polamalu and Allen) are smart players. I can tell that they're watching a lot of film and looking at tendencies and formations and splits.'
Huddle Up: Have the Steelers provided a blueprint for taking Graham away from the Saints? They didn't win the game, and gave up 162 yards to Kenny Stills in the process, so it may not be a popular blueprint. However, it does prove that Graham is fallible--and for many fantasy owners banking on Graham's usual double-digit points, at the worst possible time of the fantasy season.
Posted: 10/28/2014 5:18pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28. Graham said he still expects to play.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Graham will be out there at something less than 100 percent Thursday night in Charlotte, but you pretty much have to roll with him no matter what given his propensity for scoring grabs as he displayed on his 22-yard TD catch in Week 8.
Posted: 10/24/2014 6:20pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as questionable for Week 8.
Huddle Up: Graham figures to be out there Sunday night after playing a week ago, and his fantasy owners pretty much have to roll with him and chalk up his pointless Week 7 performance as a circumstantial aberration.
Posted: 10/22/2014 6:11pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Graham owners were left in a tough spot last Sunday as the TE was well enough to play but clearly not well enough to contribute as he finished without a catch on only 2 targets. Look for signs he's making some health strides this week in practice.
Posted: 10/16/2014 6:40pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.
Huddle Up: Graham definitely made some progress Thursday and see if it continues Friday. This situation, though, definitely has the feel of a Sunday-morning game-time decision.
Posted: 10/15/2014 6:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Even with the bye last week, Graham is a major question mark for Week 7. See if he can get on the field over the next 2 days.
Posted: 10/7/2014 11:28am et
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's (shoulder) sprained shoulder diagnosis gives reason for optimism that he could play in Week 7, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Expect the Saints to do everything possible to get Graham on the field following their bye this week. The good news for Graham's fantasy owners is that they'll have a short-term solution already on their roster thanks to the bye week; if Graham has to sit another week, simply keep this week's plug-in tight end around for one more game.
Posted: 10/5/2014 9:55pm et
Updating a previous report, the injury for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is not believed to be serious, according to a league source. The team is heading into a bye, but it is still unclear if he will be able to return Oct. 19 when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Graham looks like he avoided a serious injury. We'll know more about his status after the Saints bye week.
Posted: 7/16/2014 7:19pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'
Huddle Up: No worries about Graham showing up to training camp out of shape as he sets to work earning the big payday he just inked.
Posted: 7/15/2014 12:20pm et
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his 4-year, $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: As expected, the deal beat the deadline and put Graham atop the TE charts -- a place he's already held in fantasy the past couple of seasons. On the flip side, Graham is more important than ever to QB Drew Brees and the Saints' passing game considering the team's young WR corps and the offseason departure of pass-catching RB Darren Sproles, who's now in Philly.
Posted: 7/15/2014 3:06am et
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up: Graham is appealing the ruling that allowed the Saints to franchise him as a tight end, so if a deal is to be reached expect it to be for more than tight end money. Graham is valuable enough to the Saints that it would make sense to overpay him; if they do, it would alleviate a whole bunch of concern heading into fantasy draft day.
Posted: 7/3/2014 4:46pm et
The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.
Huddle Up: The TE ruling was only the latest domino to fall in this ongoing saga with fantasy's reigning No. 1 TE, but even if a deal can't be struck, Graham needs to accept reality and realize the franchise tender is going to be the best he can do for now, even if it is obviously less than he's worth.
Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
Updating an ongoing story, the franchise-tag grievance hearing for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will resume Wednesday, June 18. A verdict is expected within five to seven days.
Huddle Up: The last time a similar situation occurred, the Ravens and Terrell Suggs reached an agreement before any formal decision regarding his position was rendered. So there's a week or so for Graham and the Saints to find common ground before the decision is taken out of their hands.
Posted: 5/11/2014 6:55pm et
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he believes the grievance hearing for TE Jimmy Graham will occur in about a month.
Huddle Up: If this saga has seemingly dragged on all offseason, it's because it has. Still it doesn't mean that Graham has any better chance of winning his grievance and being declared a WR. Look for him to be playing -- and playing spectacularly well -- under the TE franchise tag this fall.
Posted: 4/24/2014 1:08am et
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham likely will not participate in offseason workouts because of his contract situation.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, though fantasy owners would like to see Graham back catching passes from Drew Brees well in advance of fantasy draft day. Early August will do just fine in that regard.
Posted: 3/4/2014 12:28am et
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham was officially tagged as a tight end.
Huddle Up: Graham has already indicated he won't report until his contract situation is resolved, and the Saints have demonstrated in the past that they won't necessarily move quickly just because Graham is a marquee player (see how they dragged their feet with Drew Brees, for example). So no reason to think this situation will be resolved any time soon.
Posted: 3/3/2014 2:21pm et
Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said there's no chance the Detroit Lions sign New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet and surrender two first-round picks.
Huddle Up: Two firsts is an extremely steep price, so don't expect many teams to be chasing down Graham in free agency.
Posted: 2/28/2014 6:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham confirmed on his Twitter account Friday, Feb. 28, that he will receive the franchise tag from the team.
Huddle Up: Now the battle becomes is it the tight end tag or the wide receiver tag--a projected difference of about $5 million. Of course, the Saints could make things easier on everyone by just getting Graham to agree to an extension before things get contentious.
Posted: 2/26/2014 10:42am et
The New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham remain far apart in contract talks, by as much as several million dollars per season.
Huddle Up: The Saints went right down to the wire with Drew Brees before opening up the wallet, and this situation is shaping up in a similar fashion. Don't sweat Graham not being back in New Orleans until it actually happens.
Posted: 2/18/2014 12:14pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham is likely to file a grievance if the franchise tag is placed on him as a tight end instead of wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Yeah, expect the TE tag to be applied, and expect the follow-up grievance to be filed. It might not go Graham's way from there, but the bottom line is the Saints aren't about to let the talented pass- catcher go anywhere.
Posted: 2/13/2014 11:54pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham would not comment when asked if he should be considered a wide receiver or a tight end if he receives the franchise tag this offseason. The team has not had serious contract talks with Graham at this point.
Huddle Up: With Graham easily winning the TE Triple Crown (86 catches-1,215 yards-16 TDs) in 2013, he and his agent are targeting the WR tag, but the Saints figure to get their way with the TE tag. Stay tuned . . .
Posted: 1/24/2014 11:21pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham said he is not very interested in receiving the franchise tag this offseason because he does not want to play on a one-year deal.
Huddle Up: The Saints played hard ball with Drew Brees before eventually inking him, so while it may take a while look for the franchise to find a way to keep Brees' favorite target happy--and in New Orleans--as well.
Posted: 1/21/2014 10:56pm et
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has made it perfectly clear that the team still views Jimmy Graham as a tight end and not a receiver. The Saints would have to pay Graham considerably less with the franchise tag if he's deemed a tight end instead of a wide receiver. Loomis would prefer to work out a long- term contract with Graham, but the team is willing to franchise tag him if necessary. Last year, the franchise tag for a receiver was $10.5 million versus $6 million for tight ends. Graham lined up as a receiver on 67 percent of his snaps in 2013.
Huddle Up: A perfectly logical ploy by Graham's camp, but look for him to be classified as TE. Still after recording 16 TD catches -- one off the single-season TE record -- look for Graham to become the game's highest-paid player at the ever-important position.