Packers still trust Jimmy Graham, though numbers aren’t there

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Jimmy Graham‘s stat line against the Eagles wasn’t bad, he caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

But for a guy the Packers paid to be an integral part of their offense, the stuff that’s not there stands out as well.

There was a potential touchdown against the Eagles lost when he tried to one-hand it, as well as the two games previous when he made no impact on the box score.

“He’s well aware that he should have gone up with two [hands] on the last one,” Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “. . . He’s a true competitor, and a true competitor obviously wants to have a big part in helping the team win. He was a little frustrated going into this game. It was our job to get him the ball. In previous weeks, when you have him as the first look and first read, sometimes the defense has other plans.

“Certain situations the last couple weeks against good defenses, they took away some of those situations. It was good to see him get rolling [against the Eagles].”

The Packers gave Graham a three-year, $30 million contract last offseason, and the veteran tight end caught just two touchdowns (after 10 the year before in Seattle). They could clearly use him (especially this week when wide receiver Davante Adams‘ status in question because of a turf toe injury).

While the struggles have been real, quarterback Aaron Rodgers still believes in him.

“The trust is high with Jimmy,” Rodgers said. “I’ve got a lot of faith in him. He made a great adjustment on the touchdown in the first half, the two-minute drive. Not something we talked about — he just wheeled it up. I saw him, and he made a nice catch on the ball. I know he probably expects to make one of those two plays there [from the 1-yard line], but I have a ton of confidence in Jimmy.”

Perhaps at some point the Packers will get more of a return on their financial investment in Graham, along with some justification for the quarterback’s faith.

16 responses to “Packers still trust Jimmy Graham, though numbers aren’t there

  1. Pay players for actual performance instead of potential. The Packers and Vikings would both be better off.

  2. Just don’t see Graham doing much for the Packers anymore … old, slow, injured. “He’s aware he should have went up with 2 hands” … seriously? Grade school kids know that. He had 2 chances to catch a td in the red zone and came up empty. For 10 mil a year we need him to produce and so far the return on this investment isn’t much. Time for Tonyan to get more reps as Graham just doesn’t have it.

  3. He tried making a one handed catch at least twice in the game when he didn’t need to, and dropped both. He was going for a show off 1 handed TD for the lead, likely for the win, but dropped it. Trying to showboat instead of win the game for his team

  4. I’d love to see Jimmy step up Sunday and quiet some of these wannabes and haters. Aaron, Gute, and MLF have faith in Jimmy and so do I. We all would like to see some more return on that faith starting Sunday. The Packers are 7-1 vs. Dallas in their last 8 contests. Jimmy can be part of making that 8-1.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  5. I agree – another TT mistake – cry everytime I see Watt making plays for Pittsburgh as well. In any case – they have no choice with the injuries both to the rookie Tight end and Adams

  6. Gute signed Jimmy Graham not “TT”.

    Ted’s mistake was signing Bennett. Should have kept Jared Cook, but I give Ted a pass on that one. I still think his 2 Super Bowl rings with the Packers speak louder on his legacy than his few mistakes.

  7. Graham has been one of the few mistakes Gutenkunst has made during his forays into the free agent pool.
    But injuries and circumstance means we’re stuck with him, at least for this season.
    I’m simply hoping he can turn his fortunes around in the time he has left.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    October 2, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Pay players for actual performance instead of potential. The Packers and Vikings would both be better off.
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    Every team would be better off if you could wait to see what a guy does before you pay him, but that’s not a realistic model. You have to give out the contract first, then see what the player does to know if you got fleeced or not.

    Both the Vikings and the Packers talked themselves into believing the players they signed were going to do the job for them. They both should have known better.

  9. Ted’s mistake was signing Bennett. Should have kept Jared Cook, but I give Ted a pass on that one. I still think his 2 Super Bowl rings with the Packers speak louder on his legacy than his few mistakes.
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    Jared Cook was a zero.

    If not for that catch in the Dallas Playoff game, nobody would remember he was even a member of the team.

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