Graham caught three passes for 39 yards in another slow day Sunday as the Seahawks defeated he 49ers. Graham, who was targeted only three times, has failed to top 41 yards in six games this season and has reached 75 yards only three times. The Seahawks weren't expected to target him as much as the Saints did, but they don't use him anything like he experienced in New Orleans. Entering the game, he had lined up tight 60.1 percent of plays compared to 37.1 percent with the Saints and 25.7 percent in the slot after 42 percent in New Orleans. Worse, he's been targeted in the red zone a mere eight times this season, just three times inside the 10 (none since Week 3).
Graham caught three passes for 41 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 39-32 loss to the Cardinals. Graham drew a pass interference penalty and had a 30-yard gain, but he also dropped a couple of passes. He and Doug Baldwin accounted for 18 of Seattle's 24 targets, with no other player getting more than two. Though still a solid option in most formats, Graham now has five games this season with four or fewer catches and fewer than 50 receiving yards. He'll face an easier defense in Week 11, but the Seahawks probably won't need to throw a lot in order to beat the 49ers.
Graham caught 7-of-10 targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 13-12 win at Dallas. Graham could have had a bigger game, but he and Russell Wilson's timing were a little off on a couple of deep shots. The star TE continues to be either completely uninvolved or a beast, with little in between. The lack of consistency might be frustrating to fantasy owners, but his upside cannot be ignored. He and the Seahawks will be on bye next week, before facing the Cardinals at home in Week 10.
Graham had a season-high eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 140 yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to Carolina. Graham easily had his most productive game of the season against a Panthers' defense that was familiar with him from his days in New Orleans. In fact, there was a lot of physical play and thrash talking between Graham and several members of Carolina's defense. In any case, it's nice to see Graham get going, as he's been held in check too much for a player of his caliber. He and the Seahawks will have to get ready quickly in Week 7, as they'll travel to San Francisco for Thursday Night Football.
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham had three catches on five targets for 30 yards Sunday against the Bengals. The Seahawks' offensive line continues to struggle, which doesn't give Graham much time to get open on plays when he's running routes. He scored touchdowns in Weeks 1 and 3, but he's failed to reach even 35 passing yards in the other three games. He continues to have elite receiving skills, but quarterback Russell Wilson spreads the ball around enough that it makes it very tough to project when Graham could break out. Up next is a Week 6 home game against Carolina.
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