MacReady Posted December 24, 2018 Share Posted December 24, 2018 (edited) Quote Graham is 10th in receptions, 7th in yards, 11th in plays of 20+ yards or more, and 6th in first downs among TEs in the NFL this year. The only thing he hasn't been a top 10 guy in is TDs. Graham is not the problem. He's not holding this team back. People are complaining that he isn't a top 3 TE. It's ridiculous. Jimmy Graham is having a damn good year at tight end. People just have no perspective whatsoever and expect him to be this incredible billion super duper plays player when that's not realistic. Jimmy Graham was also directly responsible for Jake Kumerow getting open on a 49 yard TD pass by drawing coverage to him. He has also been wide damn open on a HUGE amount of third down plays that have ended in sacks. Now look at it like this: Since 2002 (since the NFL had 32 teams). 16 years. 16 x 32 = 512. That is 512 seasons for tight ends. This is NOT accounting for teams who use a lot of two tight end sets, who had tight ends take over for other tight ends during the season, etc. Out of those 512 seasons from tight ends since we've had 32 teams in the league, Jimmy Graham's season ranks: 166th in receiving yards. 189th in receptions. That's good for top 32% in receiving yards for tight ends since 2002. That's good for top 36% in receptions for tight ends since 2002. He still has one game left to rise in those rankings, too. You're all being extremely unfair on him considering the season he's had, as well as the season he COULD HAVE HAD if Rodgers had thrown to him as often as he should have. I'm sick of this lack of perspective on this site. The Tight Ends ahead of him in yards this season: Travis Kelce (Best tight end in football) George Kittle (6 years younger) Zach Ertz (just set the NFL record for receptions by a tight end) Jared Cook (Should have kept him. Tough mammaries, we didn't) Eric Ebron (I was the one arguing for us to sign him when all the rest of you were saying we need to sign Jimmy) Rob Gronkowski (Best tight end in the history of the league) Kyle Rudolph (Jimmy should have been able to eclipse Rudolph's numbers). That's it. Jimmy Graham is ahead of every other TE in the league. Those are the players better than Graham this year. Every single one of those tight ends is younger than Graham. I told everyone as soon as we signed Graham that it was going to take time for him to get in sync with Rodgers. Jimmy Graham is going to have a monster season for us next year, and you're all going to look really darn silly for complaining about the tenth best tight end in the league. It's just so crazy to me how I was the only one not jumping for joy at signing Graham and how I was preaching low expectations, and now that Graham had a season better than I expected, I'm the one defending his season when everyone else is ready to cut him. Edited December 24, 2018 by Outpost31 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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