Saints’ Jimmy Graham Is A Fright End For Opponents

Hes a mismatch nightmare, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. He runs like a wide receiver. Hes got excellent catch radius. Hes a fierce competitor. His quarterback looks for him. And he feels like every ball thrown to him, he should catch it. Graham has caught a touchdown pass in all four games.

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Corner Brent Grimes and safety Chris Clemons also converged. But only Graham really had a legitimate shot at the pass. “The body control, body position, with people around him (is impressive),” Brees said. “It’s kind of that going and getting the ball mentality.” Even Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, a member of the Saints’ staff from 2008-12, acknowledged the difficulties in containing Graham with one important footnote. “Teams have doubled Jimmy Graham in the past,” Kromer said, “and Drew will throw it to somebody else.” Indeed, Graham had four catches, 100 yards and two scores last week. But Brees also had 26 completions to eight other receivers for 313 yards. And this isn’t the first time Brees has had a converted power forward running routes.

Belichick on the trouble with Jimmy Graham

As Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor learned on “Monday Night Football,” Graham and Drew Brees can make a defender look bad even when he does everything right. In the second quarter on Monday, Taylor stuck with Graham throughout his route. It didn’t matter. When he got inside the 5-yard line, the 6’7″ Graham jumped to where Taylor could not, caught the ball and landed in the end zone with two other defenders nearby.
Then the former Miami Hurricanes basketball player posted up an imaginary defender and dunked the ball over the field goal post. Autographed Jimmy Graham Jersey “This team is so dynamic, we have so many weapons and Drew knows exactly where to go with the ball,” Graham said after New Orleans’ 38-17 win. Graham finished with four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Graham literally a huge problem for Bears

Graham played in the 2010 Senior Bowl after one season of collegiate football at Miami (Fla.). Graham played on the Hurricanes’ basketball team for four years before his switch to football. Dixon is the Gulf Coast High School Player of the Week after rushing for 201 yards on 15 carries during Murphy’s 41-7 victory over Mary Montgomery on Friday. Dixon had touchdown runs of 51, 54 and 19 yards. The Senior Bowl’s award winners last week were Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston. On Sept. 23, the winners were Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Foley running back Isaiah Lewis.

Saints’ Jimmy Graham, Murphy’s Samuel Dixon earn recognition from Senior Bowl

Tried to jam him at the line, linebackers on him, safeties on him, double cover him. Each team kinda got their own matchups, but he’s seen a lot of different coverages. Man, zone, in and out, short and deep, jammed at the line of coverage. He’s seen all of that.” Because of his receiving ability, it’s conceivable he could draw the coverage of cornerbacks, which he has seen before, Belichick said. “He’s been matched up differently on different plays,” Belichick said. “A lot of times he’s split out. He’s not always in the normal tight end position.


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