Graham tied for second in the NFL with a position-leading 10 touchdown receptions in 2017, but he posted career lows in yards per reception (9.1) and yards per target (5.4). Absent a short-yardage running game, the Seahawks fed Graham at the goal line. He led the league in targets inside the 10-yard line (16) and inside the 5 (14). But the Seahawks didn't get much out of him between the 20s. His non-RZ targets accounted for just 75 percent of his total, the lowest among tight ends with at least 40 targets. That led to his fewest receptions (57) and yards (520) since his rookie season when he had only 44 targets. Graham didn't help himself, either, as he led tight ends in drops with seven (one shy of league-leading Marqise Lee) and caught a career-low 59.3 percent of his targets. Graham is an unrestricted free agent and there is seemingly little chance he'll re-sign with Seattle. For whatever reason, the production of Jimmy Graham in the Seahawks offense never lived up to the potential of the Jimmy Graham in the Seahawks offense.
Graham posted three receptions (on six targets) for 45 yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cardinals. Graham was notoriously hit or miss in 2017. In the first two games of the season, he tallied four catches for nine yards on 10 targets. He followed up the early dry stretch with 133 yards in the next two contests, only to kick off an eight-game stretch in which he scored nine touchdowns. His yards per target was never up to his standard throughout the campaign, even during this span, when he countered a 24.3-percent TD rate with a measly 5.8 YPT. During the all-important stretch between Weeks 14 and 16, the latter point came back to haunt Graham, who gathered in just two of six targets for two yards and one touchdown. With no postseason to speak of in Seattle in the coming weeks, Seahawks brass must decide how much his rejuvenated TD prowess is worth as the unrestricted free agent prepares for his age-32 season.
Graham (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Per usual, Graham missed some practice time during the week but was never in any actual danger of sitting out a game. He's caught just two of five targets for two yards the past three games, though he did at least venture back into the end zone in last week's 21-12 win over the Cowboys. Graham caught six of nine targets for 27 yards and two scores in a 22-16 win over the Cardinals in Week 10.
Graham (knee) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. The Seahawks offense has fallen flat the last two contests, but Graham's barren stretch actually extends one game further. Commanding an immense six targets during that three-game stretch, he redeemed himself Sunday at Dallas with a second-quarter touchdown, his first and only catch of Week 16. He may log another "rest" day Thursday before making an appearance Friday, after which his status for the regular-season finale will be revealed.
Graham caught his only target for a three-yard touchdown against Dallas on Sunday. Russell Wilson was only able to throw for 93 yards in this game, so Graham's limited role was of no fault of his own. Wilson should have a bigger game against the Cardinals this week, which should hopefully put Graham in position to post more yardage from scrimmage.
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