Jimmy Graham says he can still run, but will the Bears want him to?

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Tight end Jimmy Graham recently said that the Bears have the right plan for him, but Graham didn’t say what it is.

So what is it?

Graham added in his introductory conference call that he can still run. Many would say he can’t run like he used to. The reality is that he can still catch, and that he has the body to create space when trying to get the ball in short-yardage or red-zone situations.

That’s exactly what the Bears should be doing with Graham: Letting him box out defensive backs in tight spaces and go get the football.

Remember Week One against the Bears at Soldier Field? Green Bay’s only touchdown came when quarterback Aaron Rodgers tossed the ball in Graham’s general direction and grabbed it out of the air.

At this point in his career, that’s his biggest strength. Not running. And definitely not blocking.

It never was blocking, even though there are still some meatheads out there who refuse to understand that the basketball-player-turned-tight-end’s game was never about blocking. His game was and is about running routes and catching passes, period. To chastise him for not blocking is no different than shaming an offensive lineman for not being able to throw a 30-yard spiral.

So Graham can still play an important role for the Bears, as long as that role is specifically defined. If the Bears do that, they’ll be happy with Graham’s performance.

31 responses to “Jimmy Graham says he can still run, but will the Bears want him to?

  1. This was a really bad signing. It will be the final nail in Ryan Pace’s coffin. The Bears are looking at a minimum 3 year total rebuild and that’s if they get it right on a new GM and HC which I have zero confidence they can do.

  2. Nagy has creative plays to get guys open in the red zone, but Mitch couldn’t find them. I think Nick Foles will be able to. I expect a bounce back year.

    Graham is overpaid, but you can’t teach 6’7”.

  3. Jimmy blocks, it just has been far from his strength throughout his career.

    Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for being a good person. Only talking to those people that you like does not make you a bad person.

    Jimmy also doesn’t get enough credit for playing through injuries. The things I saw him play games with in Green Bay was inspiring. Most times he couldn’t practice during the week, but was always up on gameday.

    I wish Jimmy nothing but the best in Chicago. The best except for those 2 games this season when we are going to have to open up that can of whoop-a$$ on his new team.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  4. jackedupboonie says:
    March 27, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Rocks in his shoes, stone for hands, can’t block……yet gets 9 mil-
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You could say the same thing about Rudolph in Minnesota including the compensation, and the two of them were still the best TE’s in the NFCN!

  5. Bears will be happy? Lol. He’s not Tony Gonzalez.

    It’s actually not a horrible deal, but he’ll be one and done in Chicago. If not for his performance, then the fact the house will be cleaned after this season. Nagy and Pace will be GONE.

  6. “It never was blocking, even though there are still some meatheads out there who refuse to understand that the basketball-player-turned-tight-end’s game was never about blocking…no different than shaming an offensive lineman for not being able to throw a 30-yard spiral.”

    How is that even comparable to an OL throwing passes? He should have been a WR then if his game has been just about running and catching.

  7. …no different than shaming an offensive lineman for not being able to throw a 30-yard spiral…not exactly. Part of a TEs role IS blocking. An OL’s role has not even an inkling of throwing.

    But seriosly, yeah, no one except SEA wanted him to block.

  8. Jimmy “slow as Molasses”Graham is all I can say…………………………………………………………………

  9. We hope Jimmy can summon it up and have a great, productive season, except for the two games when Green Bay is the opponent.

  10. When Trubisky is in a pressure situation he always throws high. As long as Graham hasnt gotten shorter he’s perfect for the Bears.

  11. This is essentially what the Packers did with Graham. Many people blasted them for it (because it’s Jimmy Graham, peoples’ minds are made up), but many of his detractors raised a fair point-you don’t pay a red zone target $9 million to only be a red zone target. It does not matter if he still is good at it, it’s a small and specific field that he excels in at this point in his career. Graham can still contribute, which is where some people are wrong. He cannot contribute that amount of value with that pricetag, which is where many people are right. Trubisky also needs to show that he can consistently take advantage of such a target with accurate and smartly placed balls in the red zone the way that the best quarterbacks do.

    Red zone target is an important role, but for $9 million, you would need more from a player-and that includes running.

  12. Look, I wish Graham the best. He came to Green Bay and tried to do what some people would say justifies “the contract”. Never embarrassed the organization – just went out and played.

    Father Time stops for no man and consequently, things didn’t materialize as we Packers fans hoped but I’m not about to begrudge a man what “the market” says he is worth and the market says he’s worth $9M. Personally, I think these numbers are stupid. Personally, I won’t pay $5 for Starbucks coffee. Thing is, the MARKET says otherwise.

    If he can get $9M, good for him and Jimmy, thanks for the two years. You played.

  13. Shaming an offensive lineman for not being able to throw a 30-yard spiral would be foolish. Chastising a tight end for not being able to block is not. Us meatheads think tight ends should be able to block. Unlike asking a lineman to pass the ball, tight ends being able to block are part of their job description. In Jimmy’s case, he can’t block, he’s slowed down and has been having a hard time getting separation / open, and he has not had the best of hands in the last few years.

    We shall see. Maybe he has a few better years left in him, but I think his best years may be behind him.

  14. It never was blocking, even though there are still some meatheads out there who refuse to understand that the basketball-player-turned-tight-end’s game was never about blocking.
    ————————
    That’s missing the point which is too many meatheads try to talk him up by his yards in comparison to say Gronk while completely overlooking Graham does only half a TE’s job.

  15. Rumor has it that Ryan Pace had been attending Green Bay games in disguise, so he could scout Graham without tipping his cards on this colossal signing.

  16. How about don’t say anything and just help the offense by scoring a dime or more of TDs this season. Earn your paycheck by your performance and not via your mouth.

  17. “ Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for being a good person“

    Except for when he leaves NOLA and trashes everyone On the way out.
    AFTER, the saints added value to a player that clearly was never there.

  18. jackedupboonie says:

    Rocks in his shoes, stone for hands, can’t block……yet gets 9 mil-
    ———————

    You forgot ‘goes down like a ton of bricks when touched by a 180lb DB’. Other than that very accurate.

  19. atthemurph says:
    March 28, 2020 at 11:15 am

    jackedupboonie says:

    Rocks in his shoes, stone for hands, can’t block……yet gets 9 mil-
    ———————

    You forgot ‘goes down like a ton of bricks when touched by a 180lb DB’. Other than that very accurate.

    _____

    “Goes down like a ton of bricks” is part of the acting scheme the Waste Management players are trained on in order to make the Lambeau Zebra bogus flags look more legitimate …

  20. Well apparently one of his former teammates, T.J. Lang, is just another Meathead too as he questioned Graham’s lack of ability or willingness to block on twitter yesterday.

  21. “Guys, a former teammate called Jimmy Graham out for blocking, guys, guys! See, I told you, guys, see, I told you!”

    Bottom line: This thread is chalked full of bent out of shape cheesers that are fearing the damage Jimmy is going to unleash against their team.

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 27, 2020 at 9:18 pm
    Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for being a good person.
    ———
    Says the same kid who trashed Rudolph for doing charity work. The hypocrisy is hilarious with this troll.

  23. When was T.J. Lang a teammate of Jimmy Graham? NEVER. Some of you should stop sitting on here all day and start studying the game you attempt to type about.👌

  24. Since I read about Graham’s unbelievably difficult childhood, I’ve always been impressed at the adult he became. He can still be an effective TE if used right. However, that doesn’t mean a fan can’t recognize his deteriorating skills or that Chicago overpaid. While certain cheesers are obsessed with comparing him to Kyle Rudolph for some strange reason (even though with the Pack he was guaranteed $2M more, averaged over $1M/yr more, had fewer catches in 2018/2019, half as many TDs in both 2018/2019, has more drops and doesn’t block as well), $9M/yr is a lot to spend on a red zone target that doesn’t block basically at all.

  25. Sorry, Free, my bad.
    Graham and Lang were never on the same team.
    The article in which I read about Lang’s tweet stated they were former teammates and in my head I thought they overlapped each other in Graham’s first year here.
    Please excuse my mistake and I’ll try and study a little harder before I post next time.

  26. Why is it every Jimmy Graham article Packer

    fans always bring up kyle rudolph? Nowhere is Rudolph mentioned ever but it’s the first the they bring up. Sad. They can’t get the Vikings out of their petty minds.

  27. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm
    When was T.J. Lang a teammate of Jimmy Graham? NEVER. Some of you should stop sitting on here all day and start studying the game you attempt to type about

    @@@@@@@222

    I bet this guy is loads of fun at a party. RELAX

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