Jimmy Graham becomes first tight end to win Player of the Month

AP

The NFL has been handing out AFC and NFC Player of the Month awards, four months a season, since 1986. Never has a tight end been named player of the month.

Until today, when Jimmy Graham of the Saints was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Graham finished September with 27 catches for 458 yards, for a decidedly un-tight-end-like average of 17.0 yards a catch. His six touchdowns put him in a tie with Adrian Peterson and Wes Welker for the league lead, and he currently ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards and eighth in the NFL in catches.

With numbers like that, Graham deserves to get paid an awful lot of money. So far the Saints haven’t shown much interest in giving him a new deal, and the team is likely to try to put the tight end franchise tag on Graham when he becomes a free agent after the season. Graham will argue that he’s really a wide receiver, not a tight end.

With the Player of the Month award, Graham is doing something that no tight end has ever done.

30 responses to “Jimmy Graham becomes first tight end to win Player of the Month

  1. Congrats to him, he deserves it. Mickey Loomis will pay him and he is not going anywhere. He will terrorize the NFC South for many years to come. Go Saints!

  2. Browns TE Jordan Cameron has more catches than Graham thru first 4 games playing with QB’s nowhere near the caliber of Brees. Just sayin …

  3. They’ll go down to the wire, because that’s just what they do, but The Saints will resign Graham. I expect Brees will do some contract restructuring and they will probably say bye to Will Smith, Roman Harper and probably a couple of others, but Graham will be a Saint for many years to come. Congrats on the award, Jimmy!!! It’s well deserved!!!

  4. Jimmy Graham is a beast, but i think that jordan cameron kid over in cleveland is more deserving. 5tds with hoyer and weeden. certainly more impressive than catching tds from a future HOFer

  5. Tough decision for Graham coming up. He deserves to get paid, however the kind of contract he deserves might not be plausible from the Saints end. Taking the franchise tag would be pretty risky…but it has to be pretty fun playing in New Orleans. If the Saints don’t sign him, I could see the Patriots trying.

  6. For one thing, the Saints offered him an extension, so that’s showing interest. For another there’s always more going on behind the scenes than we know.

  7. How any one could side with not giving this kid his money is absolutely a crime. Players out play their contract and yet are not rewarded. Once they hold out people start crying about how he should be in camp. But if they don’t live up to their contract they can be cut with no issue. Give the kid his money. Period. He more than deserves it. What more can you ask him to do?

  8. For all you people clamoring for Jordan Cameron, this is the NFC Offensive player of the month award. Cameron plays in the AFC.

  9. Better than Peyton Manning’s September? Which is one of, if not THE greatest month by a QB ever? Uh huh. I like Graham but Manning is just more important a player, in a more important position doing a tougher job. And doing it better.

  10. @shoobiedoobin

    Not sure why you’re getting voted down. What Peyton Manning has done in September is nothing short of amazing, and that’s coming from someone who thinks highly of Jimmy Graham.

    They both had great months, not doubt, but I think Manning deserves the nod. At the very least he’s in the argument and there is no reason to vote that perspective down.

  11. Manning = AFC
    Graham = NFC

    Manning running it up against Giants, Oakland and Eagles. Only respectable team is Ravens. Do the same against top teams.

  12. To all of these people bringing up Cameron and Manning, the last I checked they both play in the AFC. This award if for the NFC……

  13. @lonespeed

    He’s being voted down because, ya know…Peyton’s in the AFC (he won the award for that conference) and Graham’s in the NFC.

    Why is this so hard for people to understand?

  14. I am not sure if Saint fans agree. But Drew Bree’s is hitting everyone and its not just Jimmy Graham but Sproles, Colston and whoever lines up at WR. He is having nearly the exact same season Manning is having and doesn’t have the easiest schedule in NFL like Broncos do.

  15. The deal is he doesn’t block like a tight end but he also doesn’t block like a wide receiver.
    Also it’s funny to hear all of the people call him a wide receiver as if that some kind of insult.
    It doesn’t matter where he lines up he will abuse your defensive backs and secondary and make you look silly.
    You can call him whatever you want but you must respect visibility lest you become another victim.

  16. Why would anyone rain on this guy’s parade? I don’t get people sometimes.

    I say congrats to him on receiving some well deserved recognition for all of his hard work. He’s playing well and he’s helping his team win games.

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