Jimmy Graham
American football player, tight end
Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played only one year of college football at the University of Miami after playing four years of collegiate basketball at Miami. In his second season in the NFL, Graham had 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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Pair of Jimmy Graham one-handed TD catches helps Seahawks to win over Bills
LATimes - 4 months
Jimmy Graham needed only one hand to catch two first-half touchdown passes from Russell Wilson, and the Seattle Seahawks held off a late rally for a 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.  Seattle won its 11th straight Monday night game behind a huge game from its tight end. Still less...
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2016 NFL Contenders And Pretenders
Huffington Post - 6 months
The 2016 NFL season has yet to kick off, which means it’s the perfect time to decide which preseason darlings are for real, and which are simply hype trains heading nowhere. There’s buzz around Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and chatter regarding a much healthier Green Bay offense. And can we really trust Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during crunch time, considering their suspect playoff history?  Let the fun begin.  "This is the biggest of the bold!" @Schultz_Report on predicting @RGIII being the comeback player of the year https://t.co/6MRvWZFhHp — GMFB (@gmfb) August 23, 2016 To read my five predictions for this season, click here. To read about 20 breakout stars, click here. New England Patriots ― Contenders  Brady will miss four games, but the Patriots appear to be in good hands with third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will assume control of the offense in Brady’s absenc ...
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Jimmy Graham: 'Some dark days' on road back from injury
ABC News - 7 months
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since rupturing his patellar tendon last November. "There were some dark days," Graham said. "It's been eight months. It's been a constant eight months. I've never been through something that every day you had to do something for it. Every day, you wake up, and until you go to bed, you're doing some type of rehab. It's been like that for me for eight months, and it'll continue to be like that for me for the next eight months. "It's something that I'm always going to have to pay attention to. It's a part of life now. It makes me appreciate the game even more than I did. Just being out there today, I'm full of passion and full of fire. I get goosebumps just walking out of that door. So it was a great day." Graham ran routes and caught passes from the quarterbacks during the first part of Wednesday's practice. Nothing he did required moving at full...
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Latest From the NFL: Jimmy Graham Carted Off Field
NYTimes - over 1 year
The latest from NFL games around the league on the 12th Sunday of the season (all times EST):
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Texans rank 31st in tight end targets, Jets are last
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
The Texans utilize their tight ends infrequently. They rank 31st in the NFL in targets for tight ends, throwing to them 35 times. That includes nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown for C.J. Fiedorowicz on 12 targets, four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown for Garrett Graham on 19 targets and one catch for 18 yards for Ryan Griffin on four targets. That’s a total of 14 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns from the tight end position combined. Only the New York Jets have been less productive and less inclined to throw to their tight ends. The Jets have thrown to their tight ends 16 times for a total of six receptions, 81 yards and one touchdown, including five catches for 77 yards for Jeff Cumberland on 12 targets and one catch for one yard and one touchdown for Kellen Davis on four targets. Here’s a look at all of the NFL teams, ranking them by tight end targets and their respective statistical leaders at the position: San Diego Chargers: 89 targets Ladarius G ...
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Watson give Saints a spark
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(Reuters) - New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson delivered the performance of his career in the Saints' 31-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday and could be a sign the team are finally getting to grips with the departure of Jimmy Graham. Watson spent the previous two seasons in New Orleans playing second fiddle to Graham, who was the team’s leading pass catcher before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the off-season. Graham’s absence, combined with various other factors including quarterback Drew Brees’ aging arm, had seen the Saints lose four of their first five games.
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The 7 NFL Storylines You Need To Know
Huffington Post - over 1 year
One of the many great parts about the NFL is its endless cycle of storylines entering each season. And that's what this piece is all about: FOOTBALL storylines, not Roger Goodell's ridiculous level of deception and incompetence. Quarterback debates, new coaches every year and endless controversial fodder. (Sorry, we are not touching the Geno Smith/New York Jets mess in this column either). 2015, to be sure, is no different. Here are seven of the top stories to follow as we get set for another year of football. In other words, buckle up. Will Miami's Big Spending Pay Off? Considering that New England has won the AFC East 11 out of 12 years, we can't blame the Dolphins for making a huge free agency splash. Ndamukong Suh is an elite weapon who plays both the pass (8.5 sacks amid constant double-teams) and the run. His main job is to make life miserable for Tom Brady while playing alongside fellow All-Pro Cameron Wake.  Perhaps just as importantly, the front office showed i ...
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Examining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 Schedule: Part 1
isports web - almost 2 years
Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pumped and ready for the 2015 season On Tuesday Night, the NFL announced its 2015 regular season schedule. Teams and fans have been itching to hear where and when they will be playing. Finally with it out and the public finally able to digest what is on tap, let’s examine what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will see this upcoming season. Week 1: vs Tennessee Titans The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open up their season at home against the Tennessee Titans. The two worst teams in the NFL will surely want to try to shed the loser label that is placed on them early on in the season. Some things need to play out before we can completely look at this match up as the NFL Draft is still a week away and some free agent signing are yet to be made. The NFL Draft can dictate how this match goes. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go with the expected selection at number one in Jameis Winston, then things could get interesting if the Titans go with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariot ...
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1st round 32-team NFL Mock Draft
isports web - almost 2 years
Disclaimer: There will be not trades in this NFL mock draft. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB, Jameis Winston, Florida State Not much needs to be said, this is almost a shoe-in at this point. The Buccaneers have some talent in other places, but are severely lacking a difference-making quarterback. They’ll get that potential with Winston. 2. Tennessee Titans: QB, Marcus Mariota, Oregon When you have the chance to draft a franchise-altering quarterback, you don’t pass it up. Which makes drafting Mariota a no-brainer (unless they trade for Phillip Rivers). 3. Jacksonville Jaguars: DL, Leonard Williams, USC Williams is a top-tier prospect, if not the very best in this class. He’s strong, very lengthy and a smart football player. Many people want to send Dante Fowler to Jacksonville, but Williams is too good of a talent to pass up. 4. Oakland Raiders: WR, Amari Cooper, Alabama Cooper is still my best rated receiver in the draft class, even with the ascension of Kevin Whit ...
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Seattle Seahawks: What the Michael Bennett rumors mean
isports web - almost 2 years
This off-season has been nothing short of wild, with unexpected moves from multiple teams across the league. It’s been a very interesting spring for the Seattle Seahawks as well, as the team shocked the league by making the blockbuster trade of the off-season, reeling in Jimmy Graham from New Orleans. Earlier this week, things got even more bizarre in the Pacific Northwest with the shocking trade rumors surrounding star defensive lineman Michael Bennett. What could these rumors possibly mean for the Seahawks? What do the rumors mean? Michael Bennett To start off, it would be important to mention that these rumors could mean absolutely nothing for Seattle. We’ve seen the media come up with all sorts of stories throughout the season, whether true or not, in an effort to build up controversy around the team. There were numerous articles related to the apparent ongoing “conflicts” in Seattle, including the discrepancy surrounding the future of Marshawn Lynch, and the ludicrous arti ...
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Jimmy Graham traded to Seattle Seahawks
CBS News - almost 2 years
New Orleans Saints agree to send star tight end to Seattle in exchange for first-round draft pick and center Max Unger
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Tight end Graham staying with Saints
Yahoo News - over 2 years
(Reuters) - Jimmy Graham will stay in New Orleans after signing a contract extension with the Saints that reportedly will make him the highest paid tight end ever in the National Football League. Graham announced on Twitter that he was staying with New Orleans, and multiple media outlets reported the deal is $40 million over four years, with at least $21 million guaranteed. The deal comes after an offseason battle between Graham and the Saints over whether the player should be classified as a wide receiver or tight end. Graham argued for the former, but the Saints won the system arbitration decision.
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Why Jimmy Graham Wishes He Were a Wideout
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Being franchise tagged as a wide receiver rather than a tight end would make New Orleans Saint Jimmy Graham a much more highly paid player.
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Saints' Jimmy Graham heads list of top 25 potential NFL free agents
USA Today - about 3 years
Saints TE Jimmy Graham heads a list sure to change once extensions are done, franchise tags issued.
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Photos: A look at the NFL’s top free agents
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
March 11 is a key date on the NFL calendar. It marks the beginning of the new league year and it also signals the start of free agency. This year’s class of free agents is headlined by New Orleans Saints All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham (likely to receive the franchise tag), but dominated by defensive talent. See which high-level players could be available next month.
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Andrew Luck, Jimmy Graham top picks as Rice, Sanders pick Pro Bowl teams
USA Today - about 3 years
Alumni captains Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice finalized rosters in fantasy-like draft.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Graham
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 27
    On February 28, 2014, it was reported that the Saints had placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on him, meaning that he would be allowed to negotiate and sign an offer sheet with another team; the Saints would then have the right to match that offer sheet and retain Graham, and if they did not, the other team would owe the Saints two first round draft picks.
    More Details Hide Details No such competing offer sheet was signed, but negotiations between Graham and the Saints were complicated by disagreement as to whether Graham should be treated for bargaining purposes as a tight end (his official position) or as a wide receiver (where he often lines up during games), since the difference in applicable compensation under the franchise tag is more than $5 million for the year. On July 2, 2014, an arbitrator ruled that Jimmy Graham was indeed a tight end for franchise tag purposes. Graham appealed the arbitrator's ruling to preserve his position while negotiations continued. On July 15, the last day for a new multiyear contract to be negotiated under league rules, the Saints and Graham agreed on a new 4-year deal with $21 million guaranteed and a total value of $40 million over 4 years, making Graham the highest-paid tight end in the league at the time.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Graham became known for his trademark touchdown celebration where he would slam dunk the football over the goalpost, a reference to his basketball background. During the 2013 season, he infamously bent the goalpost celebrating his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the 2014 season, the NFL banned goalpost dunks and made it punishable as "unsportsmanlike conduct," which results in a penalty and a fine. Graham became the first player penalized under the new rule and was fined $30,000 for dunking during the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans in August 2014. Under the terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, Graham became a free agent after the 2013 season.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    His 2012 season was productive, ending the year with 85 receptions for 982 yards and 9 touchdowns.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    In 2011—his first full year as a starter—Graham had 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns and made his first Pro Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first tight end in Saints history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He set the franchise record for receptions in a season while also tying the Saints franchise record for touchdowns in a season (Marques Colston in 2007, and Joe Horn in 2004, are the other receivers in Saints history with 11 touchdown catches). During the Saints' Week 17 win over the Carolina Panthers, Graham broke Kellen Winslow's NFL record of 1,290 receiving yards in a season by a tight end. However, the record was broken later that day by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who finished with 1,327 yards. In the divisional round playoff against the 49ers, Graham had a 4th-quarter 66 yard touchdown to give the Saints the lead, but the Saints ultimately lost 36-32 on a last-second 49ers touchdown pass.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In his rookie season in 2010, Graham started in only 5 games, playing behind veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey, who also had played for Miami.
    More Details Hide Details In a Week 9 game at Carolina—his first NFL game in his home state—Graham caught a 19-yard pass to score his first NFL touchdown, contributing to a 34-3 Saints rout. Graham finished the 2010 season with 31 catches for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns.
    He signed a four-year $2.445 million rookie contract on July 28, 2010.
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    Graham was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, with the 95th overall selection.
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    He played only one year of college football at the University of Miami, after playing four years of basketball, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details In his second season in the NFL, Graham had 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. That year he made his first Pro Bowl appearance and was selected as an All-Pro player at his position. He became the first tight end in Saints history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Graham set the Saints franchise record for receptions in a season while also tying the Saints franchise record for touchdowns in a season (tied with Marques Colston and Joe Horn). Graham is also second all-time for most receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season. Born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Graham had a difficult upbringing. At age 11, he was placed in a group home by his mother where he was physically beaten by older children. In high school, with help from a church youth counselor who took him in and eventually adopted him, he improved his grades, became a basketball star as a senior at Community Christian in Wilson, North Carolina and at Charis Prep in Wilson, North Carolina, and earned a basketball scholarship at Miami.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on November 24, 1986.
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