Jaeden Graham

Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #88
Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #88

Jaeden Graham News

Sticking in Atlanta

The Falcons resigned Graham on Friday.

Analysis: Graham's 2020 campaign was quieter than 2019's, catching just three targets for 25 yards throughout 16 games in his last year. It will likely take a couple injuries before the tight end's role will increase, but the 25-year-old will aim to see more targets in the upcoming year.

Mar 12, 2021 12:36 PM EST

Closes out 2020 with three catches

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 6, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Snags lone target in loss

Graham corralled his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: 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 just 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.

Dec 15, 2020 7:29 AM EST

Records one catch against Raiders

Graham reeled in one of two targets for 11 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-6 win against Las Vegas.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 1, 2020 7:30 AM EST

Offensive role remains obsolete

Graham was not targeted on any of his 10 offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos, recording one tackle over 17 special-teams snaps.

Analysis: Hayden Hurst has developed into a reliable pass-catching tight end with 241 receiving yards the past four weeks, while Graham remains with just one catch for seven yards on the season. The Yale product sits third on the TE depth chart, directly behind Luke Stocker, who has averaged a considerable 31.1 offensive snaps per game in 2020 as the No. 2 to Hurst. Graham would likely become the top passing-catching option at the position if Hurst were to go down, as he recorded 107 receiving yards Weeks 11 to 13 of last season as then-Falcon Austin Hooper missed time with a knee injury.

Nov 10, 2020 6:47 PM EST

Clear for Week 9

Graham (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: The 25-year-old began the week as a limited participant due to the knee issue, but he practiced fully over the past two days. Graham should continue to serve as Atlanta's No. 3 tight end behind Hayden Hurst and Luke Stocker.

Nov 6, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Held back in Wednesday's session

Graham (knee) was held to limited participation during Wednesday's practice, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Graham fielded six snaps on the offensive side and seven more on special teams as Atlanta captured a 25-17 victory over Carolina on Thursday night. He was not identified as having an injury during or immediately after the Week 8 contest, but he's since popped up on the injury report because of a knee issue of some kind. It's promising for his Week 9 status that Graham was at least able to log a limited session Wednesday, but if he can't go Sunday against the Broncos, Luke Stocker would remain the only other tight end on the roster besides Hayden Hurst.

Nov 4, 2020 7:02 PM EST

Still without catch on year

Graham did not register a catch or target during Monday night's 30-16 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 7, 2020 6:43 AM EST

No catches against Seattle

Graham was held without a target or catch during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: 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.

Sep 15, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Well-positioned for roster spot

Graham is one of the Falcons' top two pass-catching tight ends, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: 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. 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.

Sep 3, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Catches nine passes during 2019

Graham caught nine of 10 targets for 149 receiving yards and one touchdown during his second pro season out of Yale.

Analysis: The former All-Ivy League performer signed on with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in June of 2018, but he ultimately did not make his regular-season debut until Week 1 of 2019. Graham's brightest stretch came between Weeks 12 and 13 while Austin Hooper was inactive, when he collected five catches for 94 yards and a TD. Across his other 14 appearances, Graham managed just four additional catches for 55 yards. Under contract for one more season at a cap hit of $585,000, the 24-year-old tight end is likely to serve as a backup option again in 2020.

Jan 1, 2020 5:33 PM EST

Welcoming back Hooper

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.

Analysis: 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 snaps per game from the first nine contests of the campaign.

Dec 6, 2019 2:16 PM EST

Still restricted in practice

Graham (thigh) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Through the Falcons' two official practices this week, Graham's activity has matched that of top tight end Austin Hooper (knee), who was also turned in limited participation Wednesday and Thursday. Graham's fantasy utility for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers will ultimately be tied to the health of Hooper, who stands a good chance of returning from a three-game absence due to an MCL sprain. If the Falcons ultimately decide to hold out Hooper for another week, Graham -- if cleared to play himself -- would make for a decent option in fantasy leagues that start two tight ends after he hauled in all four of his targets for a career-high 41 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints.

Dec 5, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Graham was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a thigh injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Graham scored the first touchdown of his career in Thanksgiving Day's loss to the Saints, during which he also hauled in all four of his targets for 41 yards, but he's emerged from the contest nursing a thigh injury. With Austin Hooper (knee) and Luke Stocker (back) also limited to begin the week, Graham could have another notable opportunity in Atlanta's tight end corps against the Panthers on Sunday, provided he's able to get healthy.

Dec 4, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Logs first career TD on Turkey Day

Graham caught all four of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The 24-year-old tight end has made impact plays over each of the past two games, hauling in a 53-yard opening-drive pass from Matt Ryan on Sunday against the Buccaneers, and Thanksgiving night securing an 18-yard touchdown to help cut New Orleans' lead to one point early in the second quarter. Despite the notable contributions of late, Graham has only garnered eight targets since Austin Hooper (knee-MCL) began his inactive stint Week 11, making him a somewhat touchdown-dependent commodity heading into a Dec. 8 matchup against a Panthers defense that has only surrendered three scores to the position all season.

Nov 28, 2019 9:34 PM EST

Tears off 53-yard gain

Graham caught one of two targets for 53 receiving yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The 24-year-old tight end was able to exploit an open zone in the Tampa Bay secondary early on in the inter-divisional contest, hauling in Matt Ryan's first pass attempt of the afternoon for a colossal gain to help set up a chip shot field-goal attempt from Younghoe Koo. Despite a notable splash play against the Buccaneers, Graham has only garnered four total targets in two games with Austin Hooper (knee-MCL) out of the lineup, keeping his fantasy upside relatively limited heading into a Thanksgiving matchup against the Saints' No. 12 pass defense.

Nov 24, 2019 6:55 PM EST

Filling in for Hooper

Graham and Luke Stocker will replace an injured Austin Hooper (knee) at tight end for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Graham was in the same situation last week when he caught two passes for 23 yards on two targets in a 29-3 win over Carolina, handling a career-high 52 percent snap share in the process. Stocker got more playing time (66 percent) but didn't draw any targets, and he now has just 74 receptions in 109 career NFL games, i.e., he's a blocking specialist. While a matchup with the Bucs may seem promising, Graham is a long shot to approach Hooper's 2019 average of 7.4 targets per game.

Nov 22, 2019 10:07 AM EST

Offensive role to enhance

Graham is expected to garner a higher-than-usual offensive workload during Sunday's upcoming matchup against the Panthers, with both Austin Hooper (MCL) and Luke Stocker (knee) battling injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old tight end has dressed in every game as a member of the active roster but has primarily served in a special teams role, playing on 65-plus percent of the special teams snaps in every contest so far this year, but never playing on more than 12 percent of the offensive plays. Graham may be worth a dart throw for a tight end-desperate fantasy team given the high-powered nature of Atlanta's passing attack, combined with the fact that Carolina ranks 32nd in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 70 percent of opponents' drives.

Nov 13, 2019 5:33 PM EST

Quiet Week 1 outing

Graham did not record a target during Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Graham was the Falcons' leading receiver during the preseason with 12 receptions for 127 yards, but retreated to an almost exclusive special-teams role in Week 1 of the regular season, fielding just six percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps but 74 percent of the snaps on special teams. He'll continue to serve as a reserve at tight end behind Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker when the Falcons host Philadelphia, and an Eagles defense that last week allowed three Redskins pass catchers to exceed 55 receiving yards.

Sep 9, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Plays one week after injuring knee

Graham reeled in three of five targets for 35 yards during Thursday's 31-12 preseason win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Graham was forced to exit last Thursday's dress rehearsal against Washington with a knee injury, but did manage to get back on the field for Atlanta's final exhibition contest of 2019 against Jacksonville. The 23-year-old tight end maintained a streak of solid production in the passing game, logging multiple receptions or picking up 35-plus receiving yards for the fourth time in five preseason outings. He currently resides fourth among Falcons tight ends on the depth chart, and has a shot to make the 53-man roster if the team elects to go deep at the position.

Aug 29, 2019 10:17 PM EST

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