Jaeden Graham

Jaeden Graham

Tight End #88
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 230 lb.
College:Yale
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Jaeden Graham: 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.

January 1, 2020 5:33 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

December 6, 2019 2:16 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

December 5, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

December 4, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

November 28, 2019 9:34 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

November 24, 2019 6:55 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

November 22, 2019 10:07 AM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

November 13, 2019 5:33 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

September 9, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: 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.

August 29, 2019 10:17 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: Exits with knee injury

Graham was ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins due to a knee injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The severity of Graham's injury is unclear at this time, though he'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.

August 22, 2019 7:44 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: Impressive game against Gang Green

Graham hauled in four of five targets, while logging a game-high 55 receiving yards during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Graham flashed some serious agility in Thursday's matchup, catching a Matt Simms pass and leaping defender Kacy Rodgers II en route to a 30-yard gain for Atlanta. With Eric Saubert traded to New England on Monday, Graham is currently chasing Logan Paulsen for the No. 3 tight end job. Graham isn't the experienced run blocker that Paulsen, but may offer more receiving upside, with at least two catches in each of his three preseason appearances to this point.

August 17, 2019 12:13 AM EST

Jaeden Graham: Signs with Atlanta

Graham signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Monday.

Analysis: Graham had a solid preseason in Atlanta but was unable to make his way onto the 53-man roster in 2018. The 23-year-old out of Yale will hope a full term in the team's offseason program will lead to his NFL debut next year.

January 1, 2019 6:59 PM EST

Jaeden Graham: Leads team in receiving during preseason finale

Graham hauled in three of his four targets for 36 yards during Thursday night's 34-7 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Currently situated no higher than fourth on the Falcons' depth chart among tight ends, Graham's likelihood of making the 53-man roster to start the season seems faint. With Austin Hooper locked into a starting role, as well as Logan Paulsen and Eric Saubert well-positioned for spots on the active roster, Graham remains a promising candidate to join Atlanta's practice squad in 2018. Given his strong showing in Week 4 of the preseason, however, another team may swoop in to secure the 22-year-old's services as a backup option.

August 31, 2018 9:56 AM EST

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