Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Tight End #88
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 259 lb.
College:Miami
Age:33
Born:November 24, 1986
Drafted:2010 / Rd. 3 (95)
Draft Team:NO

Jimmy Graham: Fails to find end zone

Graham caught five passes for 34 yards in the Bears' 23-16 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham continued to be heavily involved in the Bears' offense, as his eight targets trailed only Allen Robinson, and although he's typically very busy in the red zone, it was Cole Kmet who was the tight end on the receiving end of Chicago's only passing touchdown. Graham has now posted 33 or 34 yards in each of the last three games, but it's his ability to score touchdowns that provides his weekly fantasy upside.

October 18, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Finds end zone again

Graham caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 20-19 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Analysis: Especially in the red zone, the Bears continue to feature Graham, often isolating him against cornerbacks when lining him up as an outside receiver, as they did on his touchdown reception. Although his yardage has been inconsistent on a weekly basis, he's now scored in three of five contests, making him a reasonable starting option in typical 12-team leagues.

October 8, 2020 8:46 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Targeted five times in loss

Graham caught four passes for 33 yards in Chicago's 19-11 defeat to the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham was blanked in the first half, but after the Bears fell behind by double digits, they had to lean heavily upon the pass, and as a result, Graham ended up with a respectable five targets. He'll likely continue to be a factor when Chicago is in the red zone, but he's also averaging six targets per game, giving him a decent weekly floor for a tight end.

October 4, 2020 5:27 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Scores twice in victory

Graham caught six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago's 30-26 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears playing from behind for most of this contest, they were forced to go with a pass-heavy attack, resulting in Graham being targeted 10 times, which was second on the team behind Allen Robinson. He was also targeted in the end zone on two different occasions, but both attempts fell incomplete. Once Nick Foles took over quarterback duties for Mitchell Trubisky in the early second half, it was clear that Foles was very comfortable throwing the ball to his tight end, leading to seven of his targets coming after the quarterback change. Between being targeted 17 times along with his high usage in the red zone this season, he has the look of a solid streaming option at tight end.

September 27, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Targeted once

Graham caught one pass for 18 yards in the Bears' 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears leading throughout, they were very conservative on offense, as only Allen Robinson saw more than three targets. Unfortunately, Graham saw just a single target, which was a massive difference from the seven he saw last week, but aside from his Week 1 touchdown, he has just 43 yards over two games, and he has the look of a low-floor, low-upside weekly fantasy option.

September 20, 2020 3:11 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Scores in Chicago debut

Graham caught three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 27-23 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham was second on the team with seven targets, and he could've had a second score had Mitch Trubisky thrown the ball on target. It's clear that despite the low yardage total, Graham will be an important part of the offense, making him a volume-based second tight end for fantasy managers.

September 14, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Lead tight end to begin year

Graham is expected the be used in a pass-catching role as the Bears' No. 1 tight end, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-TImes reports.

Analysis: After signing Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract in March, the Bears went ahead and selected Cole Kmet in the second round of April's draft. General manager Ryan Pace quickly clarified that Graham will be the main pass-catcher of the two while Kmet gets his NFL footing in a run-blocking role. It won't be a zero-sum game, though, as coach Matt Nagy plans to increase the team's usage of 12 personnel (two tight ends) with Graham playing out of the slot at times. The 33-year-old Graham has a lot to prove this season after falling short of expectations in Green Bay, but he could endure similar inconsistencies with Mitchell Trubisky under center.

September 7, 2020 8:05 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Could retain receiving role

Graham is viewed by Bears' general manager Ryan Pace as the pass-catching tight end after the team drafted Cole Kmet in the second round, reportsPatrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-TImes.

Analysis: When discussing the tight end roles on the team, Pace explained that Kmet will be the Y tight end, meaning he'll be placed on the line of scrimmage to block frequently while Graham will be the pass-catching U tight end, who will function as a slot receiver. Assuming this equation doesn't change before September, Graham will be the tight end with the most fantasy value, though after averaging 540 yards and 2.5 touchdowns over the past two years with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it's unlikely that Graham will be a top-12 fantasy option at the position.

April 25, 2020 8:08 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Heading to Windy City

The Bears signed Graham to a two-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Considering the uncertainty elsewhere in Chicago's tight end group, Graham forecasts to serve as the No. 1 tight end in 2020, with $9 million guaranteed on the deal and the potential to earn $16 million overall. In two seasons with the Packers prior to his release last Thursday, the 33-year-old notched 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns across 32 games.

March 16, 2020 4:53 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Cut by Pack

The Packers released Graham on Thursday.

Analysis: Graham was among a run of splashes at tight end for the Packers in recent years, accounting for 93 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over the past two seasons. At 33 years old, he still has some tread left on the tires and can get a jump on free agency following this move.

March 12, 2020 11:13 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Release from Green Bay imminent

The Packers are slated to release Graham on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This move has been mentioned since the conclusion of the regular season. Once it's made, the Packers will free up $8 million in salary cap on the eve of free agency. Graham will have the ability to sign elsewhere immediately after accounting for 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in two modest campaigns in Green Bay.

March 11, 2020 3:47 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Likely to leave Green Bay

Graham is expected to part ways with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Graham would earn $11.7 million in 2020 if the Packers were retain him, and the Packers would save $8 million of that figure by cutting him. He caught just 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, making it hard to justify Green Bay keeping the veteran tight end in house barring a pay cut. The team could reasonably instead opt to give 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger the opportunity to start in 2020.

March 4, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Could stay with Packers?

General manager Brian Gutekunst said he was pleased with Graham's contributions to the Packers in 2019, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Graham had some nice moments, including two solid games in the playoffs, but the overall picture was a 38-447-3 receiving line in 16 regular-season games for a player in the second year of a three-year, $30 million contract. It's hard to make any reasonable argument for the Packers retaining the 33-year-old without some form of pay cut on his $7.45 million base salary (per overthecap.com) for 2020. The team could instead look to external options or 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger to fill the pass-catching role at tight end.

January 24, 2020 9:37 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Big catch in season-ending loss

Graham secured four of five targets for 59 yards during the Packers' 37-20 loss to the 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: The veteran tight end amassed the majority of his production on a 42-yard second-half grab that was initially ruled a touchdown and then reversed on replay. Graham was second in receptions and receiving yards behind Davante Adams for the night, capping off a quiet second season in Green Bay during which he generated a 38-447-3 line across 16 games. Graham is on the books for a likely untenable $11.7 million in 2020, a figure that strongly implies a restructure or release for the 33-year-old.

January 19, 2020 7:41 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Nets 49 receiving yards

Graham caught three of four targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 28-23 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Graham finished second on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, though his modest totals in each category were nothing to write home about. He did make a couple of flashy plays, however, including a 27-yard grab and a crucial third-down conversion in the final minutes. With that said, Graham simply isn't a focal point in the offense and seems unlikely to produce notable numbers during next Sunday's NFC Championship game against the 49ers.

January 12, 2020 8:54 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Gets in some practice Thursday

Graham (wrist) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday after receiving a veteran rest day Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: It should be noted a wrist designation was noted as well, but Graham has been playing through it since early December. While he was targeted 17 times over the last four regular-season games, he gathered in just nine of those passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns. There's little doubt about his availability for Sunday's divisional-round contest against the Seahawks, who allowed the second-most yards (1,099) to tight ends during the regular season and nine catches (on 12 targets) for 117 yards to Eagles tight ends in the wild-card round.

January 9, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Most receptions since Week 9

Graham was targeted seven times and caught four passes for 49 yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Analysis: The four receptions were Graham's most in a game since Week 9, and the 49 yards were tied for the fourth most he put up in a game this season. With the Packers' next opponent uncertain, it remains to be seen what type of matchup he will face in Green Bay's first playoff matchup.

December 31, 2019 9:45 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: One catch in win

Graham (wrist/groin) brought in his only target for 16 yards in the Packers' 23-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night.

Analysis: Graham saw just a single target for the fourth time this season, which naturally kept his night decidedly modest from a fantasy perspective. The veteran tight end's production has seen its fair share of fluctuation this season, but it's evident he's physically on the downside of an impressive career and has also been hampered by multiple injuries throughout the campaign. Consequently, Graham will be little more than a speculative option for season-long Week 17 championship games and DFS contests in a matchup versus the Lions.

December 23, 2019 8:52 PM EST

Jimmy Graham: Cleared to play Monday

Graham (wrist/groin) doesn't carry an injury designation for Monday night's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Graham -- who has caught 33 passes for 382 yards and three TDs in 14 games to date -- hasn't missed a regular-season tilt since 2011, but a lack of consistent volume has hindered his fantasy impact this year. He's been held to one catch in three of his last four contests and remains a speculative lineup option in Week 16.

December 21, 2019 11:48 AM EST

Jimmy Graham: Limited at practice again

Graham (wrist, groin) remained limited Friday at practice.

Analysis: Graham rarely leaves the injury report but hasn't missed a game since 2015. His lack of volume is the real concern for fantasy managers, with the veteran tight end drawing five or fewer targets in each of the Packers' past 10 games. Graham should be fine for Monday's game in Minnesota.

December 20, 2019 1:33 PM EST

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