With Rob Gronkowski hurt, Tony Gonzalez aging and Jason Witten still gaining trust in Dallas, Jimmy Graham has emerged as the premier talent at tight end in the NFL. His unique size and ability to catch the ball has him on the verge of another great season for the New Orleans Saints. So just how well can Graham do in 2013?
Graham is a huge target, standing 6’7”, with speed as well. He is strong and physical when he plays, making him a matchup nightmare for teams trying to stop them. However, perhaps the biggest ingredient when it comes to his success is the fact that he has Drew Brees throwing him the football.
After a 2012 season that was marred by the bounty scandal that shook the team up, the New Orleans Saints are looking for a rebound season in 2013. Head coach Sean Payton returns, and the team should be at full strength going into Week 1. It is scary to think what Graham can do this season, since he still had a solid 2012 campaign despite the team struggles. ESPN has him ranked as the #1 TE for fantasy football drafts, so a lot of experts out there agree that he can improve this year.
The most frustrating thing in regards to last season was the nagging wrist injury Graham ended up playing through. It was this injury that led him to leading the NFL in dropped passes with 14. He also was unable to match his 2011 totals, despite showing glimpses from time to time. Now that he has had wrist surgery and appears as healthy as ever, the time is now for Jimmy Graham to be the best tight end in the NFL. Expect big things in the Big Easy for the former college basketball player turned tight end.
Written by Hannah Miller