Seahawks encouraged by Jimmy Graham’s blocking

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Tight end Jimmy Graham is going from an offense that didn’t ask him to block all that much to an offense that will ask him to do so far more frequently.

Early returns on Graham’s blocking ability from the Seahawks have been mostly positive.

“I think Jimmy is going to be fine,” offensive line coach Tom Cable said Tuesday. “He cares so much. The only setback was missing that first week so some of the foundational stuff he missed out on and we will catch him up on that – he kind of came back right in the middle of the install. If anything that is maybe where he is a little bit behind. But I think he is doing wonderful and maybe is a lot more than people understood him to be and he certainly has proven that every day here.”

The sentiment from Graham is that he’s fully capable of being a good blocker, he just hasn’t been asked to very often.

“Listen man, I’m 270 pounds,” Graham said. “I can block anybody I want to. It’s all about want to.”

Marshawn Lynch is still set to be the team’s primary offensive cog and will work off their rushing attack. By nature, Graham will have to line up and block more frequently. It’s a task he’s happy to accept.

“Personally, I’m excited to block. When you go in the game and you’re guarded by corners and safeties for most of your career and you keep getting doubled, that’s never a good thing. I know that’s just going to help this offense out. It’ll help give looks to where guys can’t stack the box with 10 guys.

“So for me, it’s all positive. I can’t wait. That’s what I’ve been focusing on since I got here. The routes and the passing offense, that obviously comes natural. So for me, it about focusing on what they’re trying to do here, which is the running game. It’s the staple of this offense and I’m proud the be a part of it.”

27 responses to “Seahawks encouraged by Jimmy Graham’s blocking

  1. I could not care less if he blocks or not.

    Look at the Seahawks receiving core last year. Kearse, Baldwin, harvin who had obvious locker room issues? Worst core in the league that only got slightly better when Richardson started clicking before an unfortunate ACL injury or Matthews in the Super Bowl.

    Graham is the best tight end in the league not named gronkowski. I’m excited. Tyler Lockett by all accounts could be another richardson

  2. Niner fans have been dusting off the keyboards and spouting off lately so here’s my thoughts. Santa Clara’s implosion is fun to watch from up here in Seahawks country. The hawks have had many reasons to pull a niner and fall apart but that ain’t happening. Super Bowl hangover? Nope returned the next year. Golden Tate and all he’s said and done? Nope. Percy being percy? Nope. Lost the Super Bowl on a bonehead call? Maybe? But I’m guessing nope!!! See you in Santa Clara twice this year. Already got my regular season tix and will be buying Super Bowl tix because the hawks are gonna be in your house in February.

  3. If he didn’t “want” to block in NO, why would he all of a sudden want to in Seattle? …I hope all you Seahawks fans enjoy this season because it’s the last one where you will dominate the NFC West… Most likely, the Cards give them a run for their money this year but I doubt they win the division. However, once Wilson gets paid the house will crumble like the Seahawks secondary against Tom Brady..

  4. I can block anybody I want to. It’s all about want to…Look guys I’m a big JG fan..have been since my Saints drafted him…hated to see him go…no matter how he’s portrayed now…everyone is hopeful after one week…but that statement seems like blocking will be a business decision…smaller guy…no problem…however…

  5. Luckily, nobody will believe Graham can block, so it will still be a surprise to teams when he does.

  6. What Graham does for this offense is not only give it a huge target all over the field but also create openings for guys like Lynch and the WR’s to get room to run and be open more frequently. He’s the really unique player that Wilson has not had as of yet and will make life for him a lot easier when he sees this monster through the passing lanes. The Hawks again have to be considered odds on favorites to take it all.

  7. I think he can do it..I wonder though if his increased workload and wear and tear blocking lineman and backers would his receiving production drop?

  8. Saints fan here.

    I love Jimmy Graham and he will be very productive for the Seahawks like he was for the Saints, but I’d like to make a few points about his blocking…

    Don’t know how one can conclude that New Orleans did not ask him to block much. They learned not to expect Jimmy’s block because it wasn’t good and did not improve despite being a point of focus at camp year to year.

    ‘Hawks’ OL Coach Cable does not seem sold on Jimmy’s blocking. He hedges:

    “…“I THINK Jimmy is going to be fine, …The only SETBACK was… that is MAYBE where he is a little bit behind. But I THINK he is doing wonderful and MAYBE is a lot more than people understood him to be .”

    Not exactly resounding confidence.

    And Jimmy: “I can block anybody I want to. It’s all about want to.” That’s just his self-talk.

    Seahawks fans, come see me in October after you’ve see him in real game action and we’ll have a beer and compare notes. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

  9. So for me, it about focusing on what they’re trying to do here, which is the running game. It’s the staple of this offense and I’m proud the be a part of it.
    Except for the final play in the Super Bowl. ..lol

  10. Seattle’s WRs are all for the most part under 6 feet and weigh around 200 lbs. All of them can block, even Golden Tate who left a year ago was one of the better blocking receivers in football just ask Sean Lee.

    The whole team prides themselves on being physical and they play and practice that way. I honestly don’t care of Jimmy Graham become s a great blocker, he already will take a defender out of the box because zero coverage will not work with him lined up against a linebacker or outwide vs a CB.

  11. Seahawks fans, come see me in October after you’ve see him in real game action and we’ll have a beer and compare notes. Sorry to burst your bubbles.
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    At this point, if he can block, that’s just a bonus. I don’t think anyone figured that would be his forte here.

    In fact, his best “blocking” may just be splitting out wide and taking a defender out of the box. Just as good as a “hat on a hat”, right?

    But, the beer sounds good anyway 🙂

  12. “Listen man, I’m 270 pounds,” Graham said. “I can block anybody I want to. It’s all about want to.”

    So why didn’t you block in Nola?

    He started out great with an inspiring story of humility, toughness, and hard work – but he’s become a rich entitled diva who selects where and when to put out effort.

    He had Drew Brees throwing him the ball indoors, but will now have Russell Wilson
    (occasionally) throwing him the ball outdoors….. the same Russell Wilson who threw four pics in the NFC Championship game and the losing interception in the SuperBowl.

    Clearly, his production is going down just as 100% of every other former Saint receiver’s dropped as soon as they left the confines of the SuperDome under Sean Payton and Drew Brees’ system.

  13. When beast mode is on, teammates can’t help but sellout on blocks for him, so I think he’ll improve a little. Jimmy is such a threat catching the ball and stretching the field from the tight end position that his blocking prowess is the least of the opponents worries.

  14. He’s a veteran now, and he’s not a complete TE. Blocking is one trick you can’t teach and old dog. He’ll catch a ton of passes and improve Seattle’s offense–but he will not block effectively. The sample size of proof is large.

  15. I absolutely blame the officiating for the Packers’ loss in the NFC Championship. The reason Rodgers struggled was because the Seahawks’ defense kept jumping offsides, forcing Rodgers to get rid of the ball with nobody open, and the refs let it happen. I give Seattle absolutely no credit at all.

  16. usdcoyotesfan says:Jun 10, 2015 8:31 PM

    I absolutely blame the officiating for the Packers’ loss in the NFC Championship. The reason Rodgers struggled was because the Seahawks’ defense kept jumping offsides, forcing Rodgers to get rid of the ball with nobody open, and the refs let it happen. I give Seattle absolutely no credit at all.
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    Lynch and Wilson carved up that D in 5 min bro, what you talking about?

  17. He’s really too tall to be effective against most defenders who can stand him up and push around him. There are tradeoffs in everything—makes a great target.

  18. He’s not a blocker! He’s a touchdown catching Tight End! The Seahawks didn’t bring him in to block. Get over the “blocking” thing already!

  19. Wail til you face the Cardinals and Rams Jimmy. Im going to start calling you Jimmy Graham Cracker. Thats about as strong as youre gonna be when you face a real defense

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