Jimmy Graham signed with the Packers this offseason, and he can hopefully return to being a complete Fantasy tight end. Graham was good in 2017 with Seattle and finished as the No. 4 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues. But his main production came from leading all tight ends with 10 touchdowns, which was tied for second in the NFL among receiving touchdowns with new teammate Davante Adams (DeAndre Hopkins was first with 13). But Graham had just 520 yards, which was his lowest total since his rookie season in 2010. And his 57 receptions was the third-lowest total of his career. Graham has done a nice job playing with some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL with Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and now Aaron Rodgers, and he should be considered an elite Fantasy tight end again this year, even at 31. He has top-five potential, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 5 in the majority of leagues.
Graham (knee) returned to practice Sunday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports. Graham has been tending to a knee injury for a brief spell, missing out on his first chance to make an in-game impact as a Packer. His next chance to do so arrives Thursday against the Steelers, assuming he's cleared to play.
Graham (knee) isn't in uniform for Thursday's preseason game against the Titans, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Graham didn't take the practice field Tuesday due to a minor knee injury, which presumably is the reason for his absence. Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis will thus handle TE reps with the first-team offense, but less experienced hands like Emanuel Byrd and Robert Tonyan are poised to receive the most run at the position Thursday. Graham's next chance to make his first impact as a Packer arrives next Thursday, Aug. 16 versus the Steelers.
Graham missed Tuesday's practice with a minor knee injury, Michael Cohen of The Athletic Wisconsin reports. Graham collided with a teammate during Monday's practice and presumably will be held out of Thursday's preseason game against the Titans. He should still have a chance to play before the end of the preseason, and he's already had quite a bit of time to build chemistry with Aaron Rodgers during training camp. Graham can be considered day-to-day.
Graham (undisclosed) was not spotted at practice Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Per the report, Graham was slow to get up after getting tangled up with a teammate during Monday's practice. While the tight end completed that session, he's not out there Tuesday, quite possibly for precautionary reasons.
Graham believes he can replicate his production from his time with the Saints, nothing that "I'm still 6-[foot]-7 and can still run a 4.5 [40-yard dash]", ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports. Graham technically ran a 4.56 40 while checking in at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds at the 2010 combine, but there's little reason to doubt the broader idea that he's still one of the most athletic tight ends in the league. The Packers apparently believe that to be the case, as they signed the 31-year-old to a three-year, $30 million contract in mid-March, right around the time Jordy Nelson was released. Green Bay does have a way to get out of the deal after one season and $13 million, as Graham's $11 million signing bonus is the only fully guaranteed portion of his contract, per OverTheCap. He was a bit of a disappointment in his three-year run with Seattle, struggling to make an impact near the goal line (eight TDs in 27 games) his first two seasons, and then struggling outside the red zone (10 TDs, 5.3 yards per target) in 2017. Aaron Rodgers already has strong chemistry with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, but it isn't unreasonable to think that Graham could push the latter for No. 2 status in Green Bay's passing attack.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|8||10/28||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|9||11/05||@New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|16||12/23||@New York Jets||23||7.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||89||57||683||6||35||11.98||102|