The Saints are used to seeing tight end Jimmy Graham make plays.
But they’re used to seeing his athleticism at work catching passes and running with them.
Graham recovered a Marques Colston fumble Sunday, which set up the game-winning field goal against the Cowboys in overtime.
But that doesn’t begin to tell the whole story.
Just two plays before Graham’s hustle play, he left the field with a dislocated right ring finger, which was put back into place. Along with a wrist injury, and with no promise of playoffs on the line, it would have been easy for Graham to stay with the trainers.
The win moved them to 7-8, but showed a level of heart that was only occasionally evident this season.
“I didn’t think about the finger,” Graham said. “It felt like a loose ball on the basketball court, and I had to dive in and get it. I’ve been diving on hardwood since I was a little kid. . . .
“That’s just what this team does. We’ve got a lot of resolve. We’ve been through so much. We all give all we have.”
That’s a good sign for the future, assuming they get a deal done with coach Sean Payton and can build on the bits of evidence they’ve shown this year.