Jimmy Graham

Chicago Bears
Tight End #88
Chicago Bears
Tight End #88
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Finds end zone in Thanksgiving win

Graham caught two of three targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Analysis: The 35-year-old tight end didn't see much volume, but he found the end zone for the first time this season and the 82nd time in his career on a 17-yard toss from Andy Dalton in the second quarter. Graham is firmly behind Cole Kmet on the depth chart for the Bears, but he still has some deep-league fantasy value as an occasional red-zone option.

Nov 25, 2021 2:19 PM EST


First multi-catch game of season

Graham caught two passes for 25 yards in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Although he has just 64 yards on the season, Graham has been targeted three times in each of the last two games. He'll likely need to see a further increase in targets to be considered a reliable fantasy option.

Nov 21, 2021 2:22 PM EST



First catch since Week 3

Graham caught one pass for 28 yards in the Bears' 29-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday.

Analysis: In addition to his long reception, Graham's other two targets were in the end zone, and he also had a potential touchdown negated by penalty. Despite the impressive red-zone usage, he's caught just two passes for 39 yards on six targets this season, making him a desperation fantasy option in most leagues.

Nov 9, 2021 3:56 AM EST


Returns from COVID list

The Bears activated Graham (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Graham missed two games after being placed on the COVID-19 list, as a result of having tested positive for the virus. The veteran tight end is now free to return to team facilities, and therefore to take the field for the Bears' upcoming matchup against Pittsburgh on Nov. 8. During the first six weeks of the season, Graham only drew three targets.

Nov 1, 2021 7:47 AM EST


Tests positive for virus

Graham's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Friday was the result of a positive test, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: According to Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times, Graham is vaccinated, so he'll be eligible to rejoin the Bears as soon as he's asymptomatic and has tested negative on two occasions at least 24 hours apart. Graham won't have sufficient time to gain clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, which kicks off at 4:25 p.m ET. The Bears are likely to turn to Jesse James as the primary backup at tight end behind starter Cole Kmet.

Oct 22, 2021 2:53 PM EST



Placed on COVID list

Graham was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Graham will miss Sunday's game in Tampa Bay as a result, and he's not guaranteed to return in time for Chicago's Week 8 matchup with San Francisco. Jesse James will slide into the No. 2 tight end role behind Cole Kmet until Graham's cleared to return.

Oct 22, 2021 11:27 AM EST


Targeted once in loss

Graham failed to catch his lone target in the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham has just a single catch on the season while playing limited snaps behind Cole Kmet, and he won't be a recommended fantasy option unless his situation changes drastically.

Sep 26, 2021 2:08 PM EST


Zero targets Week 2

Graham played 21 offensive snaps and was held without a target during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Graham saw his snap total increase from 14 to 21 in Week 2, but he was still held without a target. Graham's fantasy value has dwindled to a touchdown-dependent streaming option as Cole Kmet has taken over the starting tight end duties in Chicago.

Sep 21, 2021 2:50 PM EST


Minor role in loss

Graham caught one pass for 11 yards in Chicago's 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Graham was targeted twice, but his lone reception came in the red zone, as he was stopped inside the five-yard line. Even though he played just 20 percent of the snaps, the fact he was used in the red zone indicates that he has the chance to score a touchdown in any given week, but it's unlikely he'll be a featured part of the Chicago passing attack with Cole Kmet being nearly a full-time player.

Sep 13, 2021 6:37 AM EST


Makes 2021 debut

Graham recorded one catch on one target for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Analysis: Graham made his debut for the 2021 season, recording his lone catch of the day on the second play of the game. While he recorded 50 receptions and eight touchdowns in 2020, Graham slowly lost snaps to Cole Kmet (hamstring) down the stretch of the regular season. The pair figure to split reps again this season, though Kmet could be in line to take over the majority of the playing time on a more regular basis.

Aug 21, 2021 3:04 PM EST


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


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