Pete Carroll: Seahawks had to “manage” Jimmy Graham last year

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Even though his stats were still quite good, there was a tangible sense that tight end Jimmy Graham wasn’t quite himself in Seattle last year.

Partially, that’s because he wasn’t completely healthy.

Via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said they had to be careful with Graham coming off his torn patellar tendon in 2015.

We had to manage him the whole year,” Carroll said. “He just kept hanging in there. He played in every game and didn’t miss any time, but he wasn’t at his best. You can see him now. But that’s what great athletes, great performers and great competitors do. They find a way. Jimmy did that most admirably, and I know how grateful he feels now that he made it through that and we handled it the way we did.

“He survived it, and now he is really moving up.”

He did more than survive. He finished the year with 923 receiving yards, third-most among tight ends. He also caught six touchdowns, and along with his 65 receptions, he set franchise records for tight ends in all three categories.

But because the Seahawks offense doesn’t feature him the same way the Saints did, the sense of unfulfilled expectations remains, and sets the stage for Graham to put up even bigger numbers in a contract years.

21 responses to “Pete Carroll: Seahawks had to “manage” Jimmy Graham last year

  1. The guy balled like crazy for us last year. Almost all his catches were big plays, he just wasn’t getting in the endzone. Bevell hasn’t figured out how to use him, but he’s definitely an elite talent still.

  2. injury prone? He’s missed 7 games in 7 years. 5 being in 2015 from the worst injury in football and didn’t miss a single game in 2016.

    Games missed in their careers:
    Jordan Reed- 4 years: 28
    Travis Kelce – 5 years: 16
    Gronk – 7 years: 28
    Eifert – 4 years: 27
    Graham 7 years: 7

  3. Games missed in their careers:
    Jordan Reed- 4 years: 28
    Travis Kelce – 5 years: 16
    Gronk – 7 years: 28
    Eifert – 4 years: 27
    Graham 7 years: 7

    Jason Witten – 15 years: 1

  4. bonecrushinghits says:

    August 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    One year dynasty. Get ready for 7-9 this year 2012s. Dont hide from here when the losing starts.
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    More like 11-5 at the absolute worst case scenario. Go sit and spin

  5. One year dynasty. Get ready for 7-9 this year 2012s. Dont hide from here when the losing starts.

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    Just like you said the last several years. . .

    Nobody is worried.

  6. scrummymustard says:
    August 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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    Touche! Your post makes the scoffers’ rants moot!

  7. kamthechancellor says:

    August 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The guy balled like crazy for us last year. Almost all his catches were big plays, he just wasn’t getting in the endzone. Bevell hasn’t figured out how to use him, but he’s definitely an elite talent still.

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    Bevell can’t figure out how to get out of a paper bag. He is the limiting factor for this team.

  8. Games missed in their careers:
    Jordan Reed- 4 years: 28
    Travis Kelce – 5 years: 16
    Gronk – 7 years: 28
    Eifert – 4 years: 27
    Graham 7 years: 7

    Aaron Hernandez—–

  9. Bizzareslantpass says:
    August 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Never been the same since his teammate Kam knocked the piss out of him.

    That was Vernon Davis, idiot.

  10. seabrawk12 says:
    August 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    One year dynasty. Get ready for 7-9 this year 2012s. Dont hide from here when the losing starts.

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    Just like you said the last several years. . .

    Nobody is worried.
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    Haven’t been on here that long, must be the voices in your head. I do know that big-talking 2012s are the first to hide from their keyboards after the last 3 CRUSHING postseason losses. Expecting that same hiding again in 2017.

  11. They pay him tons of money for only 65 catches. Smart, real smart. Golden Tate had a similar number of catches and they wouldn’t pay Tate the 5 million bucks that Detroit paid him as a free agent.

  12. omeimontis says:
    August 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

    They pay him tons of money for only 65 catches. Smart, real smart. Golden Tate had a similar number of catches and they wouldn’t pay Tate the 5 million bucks that Detroit paid him as a free agent.

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    Hmm, let’s compare Graham’s and Tate’s 2016 statistics

    Y/R: Graham 14.2, Tate 11.8 – Advantage Graham
    Y/T: Graham 9.7, Tate 8.0 – Advantage Graham
    Catch %: Graham 68.4, Tate 67.4 – Advantage Graham
    Targets: Graham 95, Tate 135 – Advantage Tate
    Recep: Graham 65, Tate 91 – Advantage Tate
    Yards: Graham 923, Tate 1077 – Advantage Tate
    TDs: Graham 6, Tate 4 – Advantage Graham

    Tate was targeted more than Graham, so most of Tate’s volume statistics are better than Graham’s. However, that is not true for TDs. Even though Graham was targeted far fewer times than Tate, Graham had more TDs than Tate.

    But Tate pales in comparison to Grahams in ALL efficiency measures. Graham has far better Y/R and Y/T. Graham has a slightly better catch rate than Tate.

    Graham is by far the superior player. And the Seahawks got Graham in a trade in which they gave up a center who was injured most of 2014. Allowing Tate to walk and picking up Graham when they did were no brainers.

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