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Position
TE
 
Jersey
80
Name  Jimmy Graham
Born  11/24/1986
Height  6-6
Weight  260
College  Miami-Florida
10/19/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not catch a pass against the Lions in Week 7.
Insight: Graham played just 30 snaps due to his shoulder injury. Drew Brees targeted him twice, and Graham caught neither. The good news is he did not appear to suffer any setbacks.
 
10/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham plans to play in Week 7 against the Lions according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Graham plans to test out his shoulder to make sure. He will have a limited role, likely playing in red zone packages. The Saints used Graham the same way for a few games last year, and he still managed to lead the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. Graham is still a must-start.
 
10/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham isn't sounding optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday.
Insight: Graham was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder injury, but is hoping it will get better by Sunday pre-game. Our best guess is that Ben Watson will be the Saints starter come kickoff.
 
10/16/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Saints coach Sean Payton insists he's optimistic that tight end Jimmy Graham might play in Week 7.
Insight: Sounds a bit like the A.J. Green situation with the coach playing games with the defensive coordinator. Graham was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder injury.
 
10/12/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could miss 2-3 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Graham and the Saints have a bye this weekend, so this won't change lineups in Week 6, but fantasy owners should make plans to be without their start tight end for a couple of weeks.
 
10/5/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has gone to the sidelines and is having his shoulder looked over.
Insight: Graham was quiet last week and has two catches for 36 yards so far in this one, but is in the locker room. His return is questionable.
 
9/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had quiet game, but woke up in the fourth quarter to produce double-digits for fantasy owners.
Insight: By then the game was already over, but Graham did catch eight of 11 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown.
 
9/21/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has quiet game.
Insight: He did not find the endzone, and only had 54 receiving yards. Graham did have six catches on eight targets, and he will continue to be the top ranked fantasy tight end, as the season progresses.
 
9/14/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had 10 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Browns.
Insight: Graham was quiet early in the game, but Drew Brees began finding Graham towards the end of the first half. Graham again led New Orleans with 13 targets, which was more than twice as many as anyone else.
 
7/15/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have come to an agreement on a four-year deal.
Insight: His fantasy owners can relax now as the tight end won't have to hold out. He's the highest paid tight end which is right for the best tight end in football. Even at less than 100 percent he caught 86 balls for 1,215 yards and a league-leading 16 TDs last season. Hard as it may be to believe, those numbers could rise in 2014.
 
7/2/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: An arbitrator has ruled that the Saints can franchise tag Jimmy Graham as a tight end.
Insight: Graham took 67 percent of his snaps last season from out wide or in the slot and wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends. Fantasy owners should be happy with the ruling, as Graham will now definitely retain his precious tight-end eligibility.
 
5/7/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: The NFL Players Association has officially filed a grievance against the Saints on Jimmy Graham's behalf. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Graham wasn't happy about being franchise-tagged as a tight end when he felt he deserved to be paid like a wide receiver. Graham actually has a valid argument as 67 percent of his snaps last season came out wide or in the slot. Wide receivers who are tagged receive $5.277 million more than tight ends.
 
3/4/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: The Saints and Jimmy Graham are at odds over the team's decision to give him the franchise tag. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It sounds like we may have a holdout on our hands. As unhappy as Graham is about his current contract situation, he doesn't have much leverage. Graham will likely contend that he should be tagged as a wide receiver, though it's unlikely he'll win that argument.
 
3/1/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: New Orleans will use its franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: The tag is non-exclusive which means that for the price of two first-round picks, another team could sign him. Of course, the Saints could always just match the offer. Tight ends who are franchised will earn $7.035 million in 2014.
 
1/25/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham does not want the Saints to give him the franchise tag when he becomes a free agent this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Graham sees the writing on the wall and he doesn't like it. The All-Pro tight end is almost guaranteed to get the tag, which will pay him $6 million next season. Though that's way more than he's earning now ($1.323 million), Graham would certainly get more than $6 million as a free agent. Graham and his agent will argue that he's actually a wide receiver because it comes with a $10.5 million tag, but Jared Cook made that same argument last season and didn't get very far.
 
12/22/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Graham had just 11 receiving yards with 12:36 remaining in the fourth quarter but he caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on New Orleans lone touchdown drive of the game. Graham has 15 touchdowns this season, second most by a tight end in NFL history.
 
11/22/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) played 38 of 60 played Thursday night.
Insight: Graham doesn't need to play every down to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Even with Ben Watson catching a TD pass in the first quarter, Graham was a fantasy stud with five receptions for 100 yards and a score.
 
11/21/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against Atlanta, but he's certainly going to play after getting in three practices this week.
Insight: Graham, who played 51 of 69 snaps last week, should get another full workload Thursday night. He's a must start.
 
11/11/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) only played 33 of the team's 83 snaps Sunday night against the Cowboys, but Graham indicated it was part of a pre-determined plan rather than a setback. SOURCE: Mike Triplett, ESPN.com
Insight: Graham, who played 56 snaps in Week 9 and had two touchdowns in each of the previous two games, caught five passes for 59 yards against Dallas. He's playing through a partially-torn plantar fascia so his snaps are likely to remain limited, but he's still a top-two tight end in all leagues.
 
11/3/2013 5:26:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's foot injury didn't hamper him at all Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Graham hauled in nine catches on 12 targets for 116 yards and two scores, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He'll have to play through this injury will likely miss some practice time for the rest of the season, but as long as he plays he's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
 

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