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Pete Carroll says Jimmy Graham has been “big highlight” of offseason

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The first name to spring to Pete Carroll’s mind when asked who made the biggest impression on him this offseason was tight end Jimmy Graham.

Graham, set to enter his third season with Seattle after coming over in a trade following the 2015 season, is back to full health after spending all of last year’s offseason recovering from a torn patella tendon in his knee.

“I think Jimmy’s offseason is a big highlight for us,” Carroll said. “Last year at this time we didn’t know what he was going to be like. We were positive, but didn’t know. He had a phenomenal offseason and great work with us.”

Graham set franchise records for Seattle in receptions (65), receiving yards (923) and touchdowns (6) by a tight end last year.  While his receiving ability has never been in question, Carroll said Thursday that Graham has become much more adept at blocking during his two years with the Seahawks.

“Gosh, I think it’s been awesome,” he said. “He’s become such a complete football player. Wait until you see him block again this year because he had a very, very good year in advancing his blocking skills and the demands that we placed on him he accepted and took to heart. You can just tell now his confidence level is in the clouds. He knows he can block guys. He knows he can block big guys and (line)backers and DB’s. He has no hesitation. He’s just totally grown in that area so he’s so much more of a complete player than maybe we thought he would become even. So he’s surprised us.”

Graham has only managed eight touchdowns in his two seasons in Seattle. He had at least nine touchdowns in four of his five seasons with the Saints before coming to the Seahawks. Carroll did acknowledge that getting more out of Graham in the red zone is a focus for them this season.

“He and Russell (Wilson) are really tuned in. They spend a lot of time together. They communicate beautifully. I think it will hopefully show up as we get closer to the end zone. Not quite as productive as we thought we could be but that’s a big area of focus for us now, but not because he hasn’t made every effort. He didn’t even have an offseason (last year). He wasn’t thinking about ‘I’m going to go make plays.’ He was just trying to get to camp and get healthy. That’s not what his focus has been on and he’s had a beautiful, beautiful offseason so I think we should expect to get even more out of all of that as we move ahead.”

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5 Responses to “Pete Carroll says Jimmy Graham has been “big highlight” of offseason”
  1. saints737 says: Jun 16, 2017 9:52 AM

    Ben Watson had better numbers than that 2 years ago with the Saints, yet those are “Franchise Marks” with Seattle.

    Just goes to show that the QB makes the WR/TE not the other way around

  2. bpurd says: Jun 16, 2017 10:30 AM

    Ben Watson had better numbers than that 2 years ago with the Saints, yet those are “Franchise Marks” with Seattle.

    Just goes to show that the QB makes the WR/TE not the other way around

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    The QB or the system. New Orleans pass the ball more than any other team. More targets means more numbers. That said Wilson has to do a better job of using Jimmy in the redzone. Also Jimmy’s blocking has improve every year since coming over to Seattle. He laid some people out last year. Different systems asks guys to do different things.

    Al

  3. oreo51 says: Jun 16, 2017 10:57 AM

    Who is Graham blocking in the off season? Air! This is just another Pete Carroll puff piece to take the focus off of Graham’s disappointing first two years.

  4. seahawkboymike says: Jun 16, 2017 8:15 PM

    oreo51 says:
    Who is Graham blocking in the off season? Air! This is just another Pete Carroll puff piece to take the focus off of Graham’s disappointing first two years.
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    Right. #3 among all TEs last year but he sucks. We got ‘cha.

    And two camp scrubs getting into a fight in May is “cheating.”

    And Russell Wilson’s not “elite.”

    Got ‘cha.

    12-4, home field throughout the playoffs, another Super Bowl. Get used to it.

  5. plofus67 says: Jun 17, 2017 4:22 PM

    With Max Unger breaking down and Graham coming back like that from his injury the trade is looking better and better.

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