Jimmy Graham: We’re more dynamic offensively than we’ve ever been

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From the bounty suspensions in the offseason to a losing record on the field, last year was not a good one for the Saints as a team.

It also wasn’t an ideal one for tight end Jimmy Graham as an individual. His 85 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns weren’t bad, but they were a drop from his spectacular 2011 campaign and they came through gritted teeth as Graham fought a wrist injury that he described as “very difficult” this week and which required surgery in the offseason.

Graham is healthy now, though, and he feels ready to join up with quarterback Drew Brees to take things up to an even higher level than he was at in the 2011 season. And he believes the same goes for the entire offense. 

“Drew and I are already in mid-season form,” Graham said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “Right now, we’re more dynamic offensively than we’ve ever been.”

The prospect of a Saints offense that’s more dynamic than it has been in the past is one that should make for some uncomfortable defensive coordinators around the league. And if Graham’s read is correct, it should make for a pretty good year to use as a springboard for talks on a contract extension.

29 responses to “Jimmy Graham: We’re more dynamic offensively than we’ve ever been

  1. Graham is poised for his breakout season being a 4th year Pro.

    95 Receptions
    1,150 yards
    12 Td’s

    6 Yrs/$60M next year.

  2. “His 85 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns weren’t bad”

    And Michael Jordan was decent at basketball.

  3. If they can raise the defense from dead last to say…19th, they shouldn’t have any trouble winning the division.

  4. I like the saints but come on. Already saying “We are in mid season form” and havent played any meaningful games yet .? Just shut up and play . Dont know why these guys talk too much .

  5. one of my surprise picks to be there this year, depending on how rob ryan gets that defense to play, the saints could be one of the two NFC standing at the end of the season

  6. They basically have 2 playmakers, Brees and Graham. Why wouldn’t a defense double Graham every play?

    – They’re having trouble finding enough bodies to fill their WR ranks

    – They have basically no run game

    – They have a leaky, inexperienced, and untalented O-line

    – With all of the injuries they’re on track to be as bad or worse on defense as last year

    I’d say 6-10 this year… Maybe 7-9 since they’ve got Payton back

  7. The Saints have had an extraordinary offense for some time. What’s going on with the defense? I don’t want to hear Blake Griffin talking about becoming a better dunker.

    He was probably asked a direct question. I’m just saying, I don’t think the offensive dynamics were ever going to be a problem for the Saints.

  8. Yes; a big year for the Saints offense! It will take a lot of offense to keep up with their defense giving up points. Yards will come when theyre behind as well.

  9. If the Saint’s defense has even minimal improvement, this team is going to bounce back. Do you think Sean Payton is going to want to make a statement? I do.

  10. grendelg says:
    Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM
    They basically have 2 playmakers, Brees and Graham. Why wouldn’t a defense double Graham every play? — Colston, Moore, Sproles??

    – They’re having trouble finding enough bodies to fill their WR ranks–See how Meachem did when he left….we will have no problem

    – They have basically no run game—-Pretty delusional post

    – They have a leaky, inexperienced, and untalented O-line—saints lost one player on the line…now its all of a sudden inexperienced and untalented? It’s a top 10 OL

    – With all of the injuries they’re on track to be as bad or worse on defense as last year—-can’t get any worse than dead last

    I’d say 6-10 this year… Maybe 7-9 since they’ve got Payton back—-I’d put money on being ATLEAST .500

  11. Leaking o-line? No run game? LOL

    You people already didn’t have a leg to stand on, and now you’re reduced to just making stuff up.

    If the Saints go any worse than 12-4 I will be very surprised.

  12. As for the defense, LOL, you guys have no clue. They might have been bad last year, but that was last year. They’ve got a studly young d-line, a great group of inside linebackers, pass rushing LB’s with a ton of potential that have excelled in part-time roles, three very good man-to-man corners and even addressed weakness at both safety positions.

    “But they were bad last year” is just thoughtless, brainless, stupid assumption that isn’t worth the bandwidth you just wasted to type it.

    Grow up and try to learn something about what you talking about before you spout off like a fool.

  13. How more dynamic can they be from last year … where they won the Superbowl and stuck it to Goodell. Oh wait, that didn’t happen. I was confusing reality with what all the fanboys were promising.

  14. Allow me to debunk your hilarious post. My response in ()’s

    grendelg says:
    Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM
    They basically have 2 playmakers, Brees and Graham. Why wouldn’t a defense double Graham every play?

    (So I guess you’re forgetting about Sproles, P Thomas, Colston, Moore and newly added Ben Watson)

    – They’re having trouble finding enough bodies to fill their WR ranks
    (WR’s are a dime a dozen with Brees. He will find the open man)

    – They have basically no run game
    (Payton vowed to run the ball more. After watching games on tv he had a rare 3rd person view of how the running game can help the passing game. There will be a lot more Thomas, Ingram, and Sproles this year)

    – They have a leaky, inexperienced, and untalented O-line

    (Unproven at worst. Leaky is being a little optimistic on your part)

    – With all of the injuries they’re on track to be as bad or worse on defense as last year

    (Can you name the last time that a defense from a winning program had two back to back bottom of the league defensive performances?)

    I’d say 6-10 this year… Maybe 7-9 since they’ve got Payton back

    (I appreciate your optimism. It no doubt is tied into the hopes and dreams for your team’s success. That being said, it borders on delusional and fantasy)

  15. grendelg says:
    Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM
    They basically have 2 playmakers, Brees and Graham. Why wouldn’t a defense double Graham every play?

    – They’re having trouble finding enough bodies to fill their WR ranks

    – They have basically no run game

    – They have a leaky, inexperienced, and untalented O-line

    – With all of the injuries they’re on track to be as bad or worse on defense as last year

    I’d say 6-10 this year… Maybe 7-9 since they’ve got Payton back

    What is this? Wishful thinking? Yeah, well you keep dreamin’!

  16. They didn’t score a point against the Chiefs #1’s.

    And if you think that defense was bad last year, just wait till you get a load of big mouth Ryan’s. He had a TON more talent last year with Dallas and that defense was horrible, mainly because of him.

  17. grendelg says:
    Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM
    They basically have 2 playmakers, Brees and Graham. Why wouldn’t a defense double Graham every play?

    – They’re having trouble finding enough bodies to fill their WR ranks

    – They have basically no run game

    – They have a leaky, inexperienced, and untalented O-line

    – With all of the injuries they’re on track to be as bad or worse on defense as last year

    I’d say 6-10 this year… Maybe 7-9 since they’ve got Payton back

    Holy Crap. With statements like this this football fan has lost credibility. Where did he get his info from? And does he even watch Saints games? I just lost IQ points reading this

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