Jimmy Graham

Chicago Bears
Tight End #88
Chicago Bears
Tight End #88
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Jimmy Graham News

Thought about retiring

Graham briefly considered retiring after the Bears were eliminated from the playoffs in January, Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports Chicago reports. "I wasn't sure what I was gonna do," Graham said. "But I talked to [GM Ryan Pace] and talked to [coach Matt Nagy], and I'm on board and ready to do whatever it takes to get back in that position and move forward."

Analysis: Graham has a non-guaranteed $7 million salary in the second season of his two-year, $16 million contract, but he doesn't sound especially worried the Bears will release him. Second-round pick Cole Kmet handled more TE snaps down the stretch last year, but the rookie never made an impact in the passing game, while Graham had a team-high eight TD receptions. On the other hand, Graham managed just 9.1 yards per catch and 6.0 per target, and he averaged less than five targets per game for a second straight year. Assuming the Bears keep him around, the 34-year-old figures to split snaps with Kmet in 2021.

Jun 30, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Finds end zone in playoff loss

Graham caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 21-9 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.

Analysis: Graham saw both of his targets on the last drive of a blowout loss, and scored a toucdhown as time expired. On the season, he caught 50 passes for 453 yards and eight touchdowns, and he'll enter 2021 in the last year of his contract, though he'll likely continue to lose pass-catching opportunities to Kmet, making him a marginal fantasy option, who'll be largely dependent upon scoring touchdowns.

Jan 10, 2021 5:04 PM EST

Quiet in defeat

Graham caught two passes for five yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham was targeted just twice in a game the team threw 42 passes, and he was clearly the secondary tight end option behind teammate Cole Kmet, who was targeted eight times. After being a major component of the Bears offense during the first half of the season, after the Week 11 bye, he was consistently out-targeted by Kmet. On the season, he caught 50 passes for 453 yards and eight touchdowns, and after the Bears finish their playoff run, he'll enter the last year of his contract, though he'll likely continue to lose opportunities to Kmet.

Jan 3, 2021 6:11 PM EST

Scores twice in win

Graham caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago's 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though Graham was fourth on the team with five targets, he was the preferred end-zone option for Mitch Trubisky, leading to his best fantasy performance of the season. Coming into this game, he was averaging 16 yards with one touchdown over the last five games, and he'll be a risky fantasy option in Week 17 against the Packers.

Dec 27, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Targeted three times

Graham caught two passes for 25 yards in Chicago's 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham received more targets than teammate Cole Kmet for the first time in three games, but Graham has posted just 80 yards and one touchdown over his last five games, making him difficult to trust in Week 16 despite having an excellent matchup against the Jaguars.

Dec 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Cleared for Week 15

Graham (hip) is active Week 15 against the Vikings.

Analysis: While Graham registered a pair of limited practices this week, the expectation was that the veteran tight end would suit up. He'll indeed be available as a touchdown-dependent fantasy option, though it's worth noting he's been out-snapped by Cole Kmet in each of the past three weeks.

Dec 20, 2020 8:31 AM EST

Expected to suit up Sunday

Graham (hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Graham looked good in practice this past week and it looks like he'll give it a go Sunday. However, from a fantasy perspective, it's worth noting that fellow tight end Cole Kmet has emerged of late, logging seven targets in each of the Bears' last two games.

Dec 20, 2020 4:45 AM EST

Garners questionable designation

The Bears list Graham (hip) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: After beginning the week as a full practice participant, Graham downgraded to limited activity Thursday and Friday, prompting the Bears to give him a designation for the Week 15 contest. Even if he manages to gain clearance ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Graham could see his involvement in the offense dwindle further with Cole Kmet having seemingly usurped him as the Bears' top tight end. Graham has played fewer than half of the Bears' offensive snaps in each of the past three games, logging seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown on nine targets during that stretch.

Dec 18, 2020 11:27 AM EST

Limited by hip injury

Graham (hip) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After practicing fully Wednesday, Graham's downgrade in activity Thursday may just be maintenance-related, but his status now will be one to watch as the weekend approaches. He's been relatively quiet over the last four games -- seven catches for 55 yards on 11 targets -- but he salvaged his day this past Sunday against the Texans with his first TD since Week 9.

Dec 17, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Breaks scoring drought

Graham caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Bears'36-7 victory over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Graham scored his second touchdown over the last eight games, he was targeted just four times while teammate Cole Kmet served as the clear receiving tight end with seven targets for the second week in a row. During the last four games, Graham has seen a total of 11 targets, making him a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.

Dec 13, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Shut out in defeat

Graham failed to catch his lone target in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: After a solid start to the season, Graham has accounted for just 32 yards over his last three games while being out-targeted by rookie Cole Kmet during that time. In addition to his recent struggles, over the last six games, he scored just a single touchdown while surpassing 34 yards on one occasion, and he'll be difficult to trust during the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 6, 2020 2:37 PM EST

Four targets in defeat

Graham caught three passes for 34 yards in Chicago's 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham failed to see a target until the game was well out of hand in the fourth quarter, but fortunately he ended up posting a decent yardage total. After a hot start to the season, he's failed to find the end zone in five of his last six games, and he's only surpassed 34 receiving yards on two occasions this season, making him a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.

Nov 29, 2020 8:34 PM EST

Disappearing act in defeat

Graham was shut on on two targets in Chicago's 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

Analysis: Graham was shut out for the first time this season, and almost every time the Bears found themselves in an obvious-passing situation, the Vikings brought heavy pressure, forcing Nick Foles into a number of errant throws, and Graham was rarely in the area where the quarterback was forced to throw. He's been held to 35 yards or fewer in six of his last seven games, and his ceiling is typically dependent upon him scoring touchdowns.

Nov 16, 2020 8:14 PM EST

Scores fifth touchdown of season

Graham caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Chicago's 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: After Chicago fell behind by double digits in the first half, the Bears were forced to throw the ball more than usual, helping Graham to post his second-highest yardage total of the season while also grabbing a late touchdown after the outcome of the game had been decided. Through nine games, he's averaging just 34 yards, making him mostly a touchdown-dependent weekly lineup option.

Nov 8, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Listed as 'full' Thursday

Graham (knee/hamstring) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's estimated injury report.

Analysis: Meanwhile, rookie tight end Cole Kmet (groin) wouldn't have practiced if the Bears had held practice. If the TE group is down one player Sunday in Tennessee, Graham could be even more utilized than he has been this season. Through eight games, his offense snap share has ranged between 62 and 80 percent, which has translated to a 29-247-4 line on 49 targets.

Nov 5, 2020 2:18 PM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Graham (knee/hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Prior to Wednesday's session, Graham frequently didn't take the field for the first practice of the week as a veteran day off. He now has a pair of injuries attached to his name, and aside from four touchdowns, he's only put up a 29-247 line on 49 targets through eight games. Graham's status will be one to monitor as the weekend draws closer.

Nov 4, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Quiet in defeat

Graham caught two passes for 13 yards yards in Chicago's 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Graham was tied for second on the team with seven targets, he was consistently taking big hits from the New Orleans defenders, which caused him to struggle in securing a number of receptions. He's now scored just once over his last five games while failing to surpass 34 yards in any of those contests, and he remains a touchdown-dependent lineup option for fantasy managers.

Nov 1, 2020 5:51 PM EST

Targeted six times in defeat

Graham caught five passes for 31 yards in Chicago's 24-10 loss to the Rams on Monday.

Analysis: Graham was a non-factor while the game was close, but he was able to haul in four of his five passes in the second half to salvage his fantasy day. Even though the Bears were deep in the red zone on two different occasions, he didn't see any of Nick Foles' end zone targets. He's now posted between 31 and 34 yards in each of his last four games while finding the end zone once during that span, and although he has a moderate floor, his fantasy value is usually derived from his ability to score touchdowns.

Oct 26, 2020 8:40 PM EST

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.

Oct 18, 2020 2:12 PM EST

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.

Oct 8, 2020 8:46 PM EST

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