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Jimmy Graham

27-Year-Old Tight End – New Orleans Saints

2013 Receiving Stats

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86

Yds

1215

TD

16

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14.1

Tar

143

2014 Receiving Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Graham is almost a tight end in name only. So much so, in fact, he asked an arbitrator to declare him a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. Graham lined up in the slot on 67 percent of his snaps...

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2014 ADP:  17.29

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HT: 6' 7"   WT: 265   DOB: 11/24/1986  College: Miami (FL)  Show ContractHide Contract

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Jimmy Graham Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Saints in July of 2014.

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Graham signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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Jimmy Graham NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2010 23 NO 15 31 356 5 44 11.5 8.1 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 24 NO 16 99 1310 11 149 13.2 8.8 20 2 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2012 25 NO 15 85 982 9 135 11.6 7.3 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 26 NO 16 86 1215 16 143 14.1 8.5 18 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Jimmy Graham Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2010 23 NO 15 4.4 6.5 5.4 2 24 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
2011 24 NO 16 12.3 18.5 15.4 6 82 29 14 7 0 0 0 0 0
2012 25 NO 15 10.1 15.8 13.0 6 65 17 10 6 0 0 0 0 0
2013 26 NO 16 13.6 19.0 16.3 5 76 24 14 4 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Jimmy Graham – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Tight End
  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Ben Watson
  3. Josh Hill
New Orleans Saints

Snap Count Stats

722

Offensive Snaps in 2013

Jimmy Graham was on the field for 722 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.

16

Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Jimmy Graham was on the field for 16 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 696 65
2013 722 16

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Jimmy Graham 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Atl 58 0 4 45 1 7 11.3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2 @TB 59 0 10 179 1 16 17.9 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Ari 60 0 9 134 2 15 14.9 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
4 Mia 52 1 4 100 2 4 25.0 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Chi 36 1 10 135 0 11 13.5 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 @NE 45 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 BYE Bye Week
8 Buf 18 0 3 37 2 3 12.3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
9 @NYJ 56 0 9 116 2 12 12.9 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 Dal 33 4 5 59 0 5 11.8 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 SF 51 0 6 41 0 12 6.8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
12 @Atl 38 0 5 100 1 7 20.0 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @Sea 53 0 3 42 1 9 14.0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
14 Car 47 6 6 58 2 11 9.7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 2 0 0 0
15 @StL 72 3 2 25 0 6 12.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
16 @Car 44 1 5 73 1 11 14.6 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
17 TB 0 0 5 71 1 8 14.2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Phi 0 0 3 44 0 4 14.7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Sea 0 0 1 8 0 6 8.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Jimmy Graham
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Height:   6' 7"
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Weight:   265 lbs
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Jimmy Graham: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Graham appealed the July 2 decision that ruled he's deserving of the franchise tag as a tight end and not a wideout, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

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Graham and the Saints still have a deadline of Tuesday at 4 PM to reach an agreement, but the appeal is a procedural move to fall back on, if talks fail. After gathering in 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, he's certainly worthy of a contract in excess of the $7.035 million that the franchise tag would provide a tight end.
Graham will remain a tight end for franchise tag purposes following an important precedent-setting ruling by third party arbitrator Stephen Burbank, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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The arbitrator is expected to make a ruling regarding Graham's grievance hearing Thursday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Graham, who filed a grievance via the NFL Players Association on May 7, contended he had incorrectly been given a tight end franchise tag by the NFL Management Council.

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Though it was long expected that the Saints and Graham would reach a settlement, it appears that a ruling will come down in the next few days following two days of testimony on June 17-18. His grievance almost exclusively revolves around money -- he stands to make significantly more if he's tagged as a wide receiver as opposed to a tight end -- but the arbitrator's ruling could have important repercussions for fantasy teams. Due to the scarcity at the position, Graham, who easily ranked first in the league at points by a tight end, is likely more valuable for owners if the arbitrator deems that he's still a tight end for positional purposes.
The grievance hearing over Graham's franchise tag designation has been scheduled for June 17-18, reports ESPN.com. He filed a grievance through the NFLPA last week challenging the Saints' designation of him as a tight end. Graham is seeking to be declared a receiver, a position that would pay him a franchise-tag salary of $12.3 million, as opposed to the $7.035 million salary that is allotted to tight ends slapped with the franchise tag.

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The setting of a hearing date is another step toward a final determination of Graham's positional status, though it remains a distinct possibility that he and the Saints could come to an agreement before the mid-June arbitration date. While he'll have top-flight value regardless of position, he's still likely more valuable to fantasy teams due to a scarcity of elite tight ends.
The NFLPA has filed a grievance against the Saints on behalf of Graham, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The grievance will likely contend that Graham, who was given the non-exclusive franchise tag as a tight end, should have been tagged instead as a wide receiver. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, a neutral party arbitrator decide what position at which he should be tagged.

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With the franchise tag price for a wide receiver significantly higher than the price assigned to a tagged tight end, it's no surprise that Graham would challenge the designation. This is also not the first time a pass-catching tight end has shown a willingness to challenge their designation in the new-age NFL, as Jermichael Finley appeared ready to take a similar claim to arbitration before eventually settling with the Packers before the case reached arbitration. Graham is unquestionably of greater value to fantasy teams as a tight end - he easily ranked first in the league in points at that position - than at wide receiver, so any ruling by an arbitrator could have significant and long-lasting fantasy effects.

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2013

While Graham failed to live up to 2011's lofty expectations, he still had an impressive season. He nearly topped 1,000 yards receiving in 15 games, and his nine touchowns were only two off his previous season's pace. His 135 targets ranked second among tight ends, though his per-target average dipped 1.5 yards last season. While part of his regression from 2011 was probably due to missing coach and offensive mastermind Sean Payton, a bigger factor was a nagging wrist injury during the second half of the season; after scoring eight touchdowns in his first nine games, he scored only once more Ė in Week 17. The wrist also contributed to an NFL-high 14 dropped passes. Graham underwent wrist surgery in January and should be ready for the start of the season. An athletic player, Graham uses his 6-7 frame to go up and get the ball in traffic. He also has enough speed to outrun opposing defenses as evidenced by his 32 catches of 20-plus yards the last two seasons. It also helps to have an accurate passer in Drew Brees, who for the second consecutive season attempted more passes to Graham than anyone else on the team.

2012

This space last season said Graham had the potential to be a top-five tight end, but even that underestimated his upside. Graham proved himself an elite tight end, rivaled only by New Englandís all-world Rob Gronkowski, as Graham led the position with 99 receptions. His 1,310 receiving yards was, by 17 yards, second only to Gronkowskiís record-setting total, as were his 18 catches of 20-plus yards and his 11 touchdowns. A former college basketball player, Graham is virtually uncoverable. He can use his 6-7, 265-pound frame in traffic whether covered by a linebacker, defensive back or both. In the open field, heís big enough to go through linebackers and fast enough with 4.5 speed to run away from defensive backs. His route running improved during the season, though his ability to read defenses and find the soft spots in the zone is still developing. Graham is obviously in a great situation as the top target in the prolific New Orleans offense. He never saw fewer than seven targets in a game last year, and his 149 targets ranked fifth among all receivers, 23 more than the next closest tight end. In the red zone, he led all tight ends with 28 targets, and his 13 targets inside the 10-yard line were second only to Aaron Hernandezís 17.

2011

A converted basketball player, Graham played one season of football at the University of Miami but showed enough potential that the Saints used a third-round pick on him in 2010. And he showed enough promise as a rookie last year that the Saints let starter Jeremy Shockey walk this offseason, setting up Graham for a potential breakout. A behemoth of tight end at 6-8, 260, Graham came on for the Saints over the second half of last season, posting 26 receptions, 307 yards and five touchdowns in his final eight games. In significantly fewer snaps, he racked up 43 targets to Shockey's 59 and saw nine red-zone targets to Shockey's 10. With the position all to himself this season in one of the NFL's most explosive offenses, Graham has the upside to be a top-5 tight end.

2010

Graham was drafted by the Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. A physical specimen, Graham has all the tools to become an elite tight end in the NFL. The kicker: Graham only played one season of football at the University of Miami. While in college, Graham spent four years on the Hurricane's basketball team. Still, his raw talent was enough to earn him a spot in the NFL Draft and reminded many top executives of Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez, two similar basketball-turned-football players, even if Graham might be a year or two away from fantasy-relevance.