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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. mistersmith22 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:31 PM

    “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. geniusesq says: Oct 21, 2011 3:31 PM

    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. canesfan56 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:31 PM

    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. cakemixa says: Oct 21, 2011 3:34 PM

    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. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 21, 2011 3:35 PM

    “Graham is on pace for 1.648 yards”

    Love how you decided to change the , to a . ;)

  6. captainwisdom88 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:37 PM

    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.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    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.

  8. grilledjesus says: Oct 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    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.

  9. otistaylor89 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:41 PM

    2010 was a sick draft for TE’s – Graham,Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Tony Moeaki and the guy that went #1, Jermaine Gresham.

  10. noisyfandotcom says: Oct 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    “It seems a little early for Hall of Fame talk”

    Considering he’s played a total of 21 games in his career, I’d say so.

  11. snowpea84 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:44 PM

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

  12. rushmatic says: Oct 21, 2011 3:47 PM

    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!

  13. stavreafavre says: Oct 21, 2011 3:48 PM

    Yeah, maybe just a teensy bit early to put him in the Hall.

  14. kashonly says: Oct 21, 2011 3:48 PM

    “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

  15. willyalistentothis says: Oct 21, 2011 3:49 PM

    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.

  16. beastson says: Oct 21, 2011 3:51 PM

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

  17. mezanine10 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    I paid $1 for him in my auction draft. It’s nice to be right.

  18. jordan52187 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:53 PM

    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

  19. dawsonleery says: Oct 21, 2011 3:54 PM

    He’s been outstanding but lets just calm down and relax about the Hall of Fame talk.

  20. bigblaw says: Oct 21, 2011 3:56 PM

    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

  21. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    he is having a great season. all of the sudden the nfc south is loaded with talented pass-catching TEs. he may be the best in the division right now

  22. steviemo says: Oct 21, 2011 3:58 PM

    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.

  23. seahawks12thman says: Oct 21, 2011 3:58 PM

    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!

  24. teke184 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:00 PM

    “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.

  25. yaryers says: Oct 21, 2011 4:01 PM

    Antonio Gates 2.0

  26. thompgk says: Oct 21, 2011 4:02 PM

    When Jason Witten was 24 he had about 250 receptions to his credit.

  27. mark0226 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:03 PM

    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.

  28. snowpea84 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:07 PM

    Medium Risk High Reward is more like it.

  29. mdd913 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:21 PM

    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.

  30. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    Maybe he can go on the Madden cover like Peyton Hillis. That surely always works out.

  31. Ba'al from www.Cowboys-Forum.com says: Oct 21, 2011 6:03 PM

    He’s one of the toughest players in the league to get down, consistently bouncing off tacklers.
    __________________________________

    And yet when he is barely touched he flops like a fish on the deck of a fishing boat.

  32. escoboltsfan says: Oct 21, 2011 6:35 PM

    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.

  33. robcypher says: Oct 22, 2011 8:07 AM

    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”?

  34. tavia47 says: May 23, 2012 9:50 AM

    He great!

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