Graham did not register a catch or target during Monday night's 30-16 loss to the Packers. The Yale standout has been a contributor with 55 special-teams snaps through the first four weeks of 2020, though he has yet to be targeted on any of his 22 combined offensive snaps. Graham stepped in and provided a brief stretch of fantasy utility last year as then-Falcon Austin Hooper dealt with a knee injury, corralling seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown between Weeks 10 and 13. So far in 2020, the 24-year-old has hardly gotten involved in the offensive attack, as Hayden Hurst (13 catches) and Luke Stocker (one catch) have garnered all of Atlanta's pass-catching work at tight end.
Graham was held without a target or catch during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks. The 24-year-old entered Week 1 as the anticipated No. 2 pass-catching tight end behind Hayden Hurst, but that did not amount to fantasy production in the season opener despite Atlanta putting up 54 pass attempts. Graham collected 11 special-teams snaps during the contest, but he was scarcely utilized on offense, fielding only eight snaps against Seattle's defense. A Week 2 matchup against Dallas provides opportunity for Graham to find his way onto the stat sheet, as the Cowboys gave up more tight end receptions (104) than any other team in the NFL last season.
Graham is one of the Falcons' top two pass-catching tight ends, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The 24-year-old seems primed to secure a roster spot with Atlanta for a second straight season, after recording nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown across 16 games in 2019. He made his greatest impact while Austin Hooper sat out Weeks 11 through 13 with a knee injury, corralling seven passes for 117 yards and his lone TD during that stretch. Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site considers Graham a lock to make the 53-man roster alongside starter Hayden Hurst, while Luke Stocker and rookie Jared Pinkney continue to battle for depth roles.
Graham caught nine of 10 targets for 149 yards and one touchdown while appearing in all 16 games during the 2019 season. The former All-Ivy League performer signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2018, but it wasn't until this season that he made his NFL debut. Graham's best stretch came between Weeks 12 and 13 while top tight end Austin Hooper was sidelined with a knee injury, with the 24-year-old collecting five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in that span. Across his other 14 appearances, Graham managed just four additional catches for 55 yards. Under contract for one more season, the 24-year-old is likely to serve as a backup option again in 2020.
Graham (thigh) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Graham was the primary beneficiary of Austin Hooper's (knee) three-game absence, hauling in seven of eight targets for 117 yards and one TD during that span. With Hooper back in the fold this weekend, Graham likely will experience a downtick in his recent workload, which amounted to between 52 and 66 percent of the offensive snaps. If Hooper is at all limited, though, Graham may not fall all the way back to his handful of plays per game from the first nine contests of the campaign.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/22||@New Orleans Saints||31||12.33|
|12||11/29||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.00|
|13||12/06||New Orleans Saints||31||12.33|
|14||12/13||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||9.33|
|15||12/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||6.57|
|16||12/27||@Kansas City Chiefs||16||7.57|
|17||01/03||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||6.57|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||10||9||149||1||7||16.56||20|