Jimmy Graham is having a ridiculous season

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We know Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has received some attention for his big start to the year, but we’re not sure people realize just how ridiculously good Graham has been.

The record at the tight end position for yards in a season is 1,280 by Kellen Winslow (Sr.). Graham is on pace for 1,648 yards. Only two wide receivers have more yards than Graham this year.

The second year player beats cornerbacks, safeties, and linebackers. He’s one of the toughest players in the league to get down, consistently bouncing off tacklers.

Florio had Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune on PFT Live Friday, and Duncan believes Graham has Canton potential. It seems a little early for Hall of Fame talk, but that’s the kind of year Graham is enjoying.

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34 responses to “Jimmy Graham is having a ridiculous season

  1. “Only two wide receivers have more yards than Graham this year.”

    So are there two more articles coming, then, using words even more grand than “ridiculous?”

  2. Passing records in today’s NFL are hard to compare to those of yesteryear. 300 yard games used to be rare–usually only happening in a loss. Nowadays, it’s the norm.

    300 is the new 200. So, let’s ease up on the Canton talk.

  3. Jimmy played only 1 year of football at the “U” – after he had exhausted his basketball eligibility. He also holds the UM basketball record for blocked shots.

  4. You’d never know, what with all the praise guys like Wes Welker get. Hey, I also heard the Saints have this Darren Sproles guy, who apparently has a TON of all-purpose yards.

  5. He is extremely talented and physically gifted, though it is necessary to point out he has a top 3 QB throwing to him. They are talking about potential hall-of-fame status at the moment but what would he look like on the Browns right now? The Dolphins?

    What I’m getting at:
    Brees should get as much credit for Graham’s success as Jimmy himself.

  6. re: Geniusesq

    yesteryear’s record by Kellen Winslow Sr. was set in 1980 so I think it’s pretty damn impressive that a record that has stood for 31 years has the possibility of being broken when you consider the great Tight Ends that have played this game in that time span.
    Too early for Canton talk yes as this is only his second year but this guy is for real.

  7. Obviously this kid has natural talent, but to be this good in his 3rd year of real football is amazing. Just a testiment to what drive and hard work can do for someone. Good job Jimmy.

  8. It’ll be interesting to see who has the better career between he and Gronkowski. Both play with elite QB’s and have similar skills and size. Love it!

  9. “Yes, we experts were right on him.”

    Signed,

    Studs L.Kendricks, J.Cook, M.Lewis, T.Moeaki….and co-signed by Gonzo’s diminishing skills

  10. Canton potential? Simmer down.

    The passing / receiving stats this year are out of control. Not to mention that he is a hybrid WR/TE playing in a pass oriented offense in dome with a QB who with real Canton potential. It’s not like his is a crushing blocker nor is he carrying guys down the field on his back-up for extra yards. He is a match-up nightmare in a jump ball league which penalizes the physicality probably required to cover him.

    I am not trying to rip the player, I am just suggesting that the Canton talk should probably be put on the back burner for at least 5 years.

  11. Hall of Fame? Unless Drew plays into his 50s he will have average TE stats in their rebuilding years.

  12. drafted him in the 6th round of my draft, flipped him for AP pretty much straight up, shows what kind of a season he is having

  13. Great player! Does anyone else hate the ” he’s on pace for …” comments? Running back gets 94 yards week one and 106 week two and someone always says ” he is on pace for 1600 yards this year!”. Save that crap for. Buster Olney and that 3rd tier sport baseball. Speaking baseball I didn’t know the world series is even on ????sad sad sport

  14. Everyone in my dynasty league laughed at me last year when I took him with the 13th pick. Now he’s one of my favorite players and everyone wants to trade for him. Not for sale.

  15. too much hype too soon, this is how to ruin someones career. Yes he’s having a good year and yes i want him to succeed. But asking if hes a future H.O.F and saying he’s on the track to break the TE’s receiving record is just ridiculous. Stop over hyping people!

  16. “Still not so sure why he lasted as long as he did in the draft.”

    He was a high-risk pick with a lot of upside.

    I also think at least part of the reason he’s so good is that Drew Brees is the one bringing him along, much like he did with Antonio Gates in San Diego.

  17. mistersmith22 says:
    So are there two more articles coming, then, using words even more grand than “ridiculous?”

    Um, those other two are WR, so they are expected to put up those numbers. The term “ridiculous” was used here because this guy is a TE, putting up WR numbers.

  18. It’s not like his is a crushing blocker nor is he carrying guys down the field on his back-up for extra yards.

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    Obviously you didn’t see his highlight against the Texans where he dragged Mario Williams and 3 other players about 10 yards and crawled into the end zone.

    And while he may not be a “crushing blocker” as you say, he is at the very least a competent one. Which is about all you can expect from the position these days. That’s why so many teams are using a 6th offensive line in obvious run downs.

  19. If he learns to be a decent blocker he will be one of the Greats, I was hoping the Bolts would draft him that year, really good pick by the Saints front office, it was called a reach when they took him in the third.

  20. I have this guy on one of my fantasy teams. Sleeper pick of that particular fantasy draft for sure.

    PS is it me or is the code to the video on this page “broken”?

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