Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury and has been placed on injured reserve, Baxley McClain of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Graham played all 16 games for Atlanta the past two seasons, but apart from a three-game stint replacing Austin Hooper in Nov. 2019, he's essentially been a special-teams guy. With Hayden Hurst and Kyle Pitts atop the depth chart this summer, Graham was competing for one of the final roster spots, likely hoping special teams would be his ticket again. He'll instead miss the season and then hope to win a spot in 2022.
The Falcons re-signed Graham on Friday. Graham's 2020 campaign was quieter than 2019, with him catching just three targets for 25 yards throughout 16 games in his last year. It will likely take injuries before the tight end's role might significantly increase, but the 25-year-old will aim to see more targets in the upcoming year.
Graham did not receive a target during Sunday's 44-27 loss to Tampa Bay, and he concluded the 2020 season with three receptions for 25 yards. Graham enjoyed a brief stretch of fantasy utility last season, collecting seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown between Weeks 9 and 11. The 25-year-old's offensive involvement during 2020 was virtually obsolete, however, as Hayden Hurst dominated the position's passing-game work by racking up 56 receptions for 571 yards and six touchdowns on 88 targets. The Yale standout is set to see his contract expire in March, presenting uncertainty regarding his future with the organization.
Graham corralled his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers. Graham saw his target share tripled by No. 1 tight end Hayden Hurst, but the Yale product still finished with an identical output in catches and yards. He's drawn four targets the past three weeks after attracting one target over his first 10 appearances of the season, but Graham remains with a total of just three receptions for 25 yards in 2020.
Graham reeled in one of two targets for 11 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-6 win against Las Vegas. Starting tight end Hayden Hurst quadrupled Graham's target share Week 12, but the 25-year-old's two offensive looks still constitute a new season high. The Yale product had attracted only one pass from Matt Ryan over 50 total offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 11. Graham remains the No. 3 option on Atlanta's tight end depth chart behind Hurst and Luke Stocker heading into a divisional matchup against New Orleans.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||6||4.00|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||9||5.00|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||9.00|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||7||4.60|
|18||01/09||New Orleans Saints||6||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||8||6||87||0||4||14.50||8|