Saints Notebook: Jimmy Graham Mum On Contract Talks

Now healthy, Saints’ Jimmy Graham could cash in during contract year

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Harper (17) tumbles through the end zone after dropping a potential touchdown pass during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field.

For me, it really is all football, he said. Im going to try to do all I can to put this team in the best situation to win. Red-zone chess match Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said his players will have to be at their best Monday night to slow the Miami Dolphins red-zone offense, the most efficient in the NFL and one of the reasons why theyre 3-0. Miami has scored seven touchdowns and one field goal on its eight trips inside the opponents 20-yard line. Ryan said it was going to be a chess match facing Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who was the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator when they won Super Bowl XLV three seasons ago. But Ryan added that his defense didnt spend its extra day to prepare for Miami by sleeping on the bed. Were ready, he said. Well be fine. Meachem gets TD ball back Robert Meachem has been reunited with the ball he caught for a touchdown last Sunday against Arizona. Meachem tossed the ball into the stands of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to celebrate his first score since returning to New Orleans for a sixth season after spending 2012 with San Diego. But following the game, he said he wished he had kept the ball as a memento.

Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls an audible against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) after catching a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) catches a pass over Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter (31) during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld (44) celebrates a two point conversion with wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles under pressure from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. John Rieger, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) breaks up a pass to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Timothy T.

Graham uses sad past, basketball to join ranks of elite tight ends

Jimmy Graham

What a bum. But in all seriousness, the only word that comes to mind right now when it comes to Graham is “unstoppable.” With Drew Brees spreading the ball out against an overmatched Miami Dolphins defense on Monday, Graham received just four targets but caught all of them and turned two into touchdowns. On the first, he utilized his ridiculous blend of size (6’7″, 265 pounds) and athletic ability to override great coverage: If you throw it, Jimmy Graham will catch it. Brees to Graham. 27yd TD. #MIAvsNO WATCH – http://t.co/Oagov7UyDO

2013 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: NFL Week 5

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8. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen is averaging 64.7 yards per game. The Arizona Cardinals have already yielded monster games to Jared Cook and Jimmy Graham. 9. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons After a few slow weeks, Tony Gonzalez caught 12 passes for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

Jimmy Graham’s Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value Heading into Week 5

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“This guy is delusional right now.” After his freshman year in high school, Graham moved to a school that didn’t offer football. A switch to basketball led to a scholarship to play power forward at the University of Miami. Though not a star, Graham used his athleticism, size and toughness to generate some interest from the NBA and an offer to play professionally in Spain. Before hopping a plane overseas, though, Graham decided to explore a role in football one more time, which school president Donna Shalala had been imploring him to do regularly after basketball games. So Graham, who had already caught the attention of then-coach Randy Shannon, sought the advice of ex-Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar, a 12-year NFL veteran and now a member of the school’s board of trustees. “We had some similar friends and I heard he was trying to get in touch with me,” said Kosar. “So one day we were hanging out in a backyard with a bunch of them and we start playing catch.

Jimmy Graham continues to shine for fantasy owners scoring twice on MNF

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Defensive back Rafael Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints with the ball after recovering a fumble by quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks to his team in the huddle in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Jimmy Graham #80 celebrates with Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Running back Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball in the first half against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown over Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Miami Dolphins v New Orleans Saints NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 30: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown over Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jimmy Graham Touchdown: Saints TE Leaps Over Dolphins Defenders For Amazing TD (VIDEO)

He is on target to catch 128 passes for 1832 yards and 24 touchdowns on the year. He was the number two target Monday night second only to running back Darren Sproles. Graham will remain one of quarterback Drew Brees ‘ favorite targets. Fantasy impact: Graham is performing exactly as you would expect with big numbers in all his games. The Saints are rolling on offense and quarterback Drew Brees is putting up big numbers. Graham has now caught six touchdowns on the season with 458 receiving yards. He remains one of Brees favorite targets.

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