Coach Pete Carroll had a hazy response to questions about Graham's readiness Wednesday, which seemed to dance around the central point: A ruptured patellar tendon is a rough thing to come back from quickly and there is a lot of work involved in doing so.
"We've had no issues at all in the work he's doing on the field," Carroll said, via ESPN.com. "That will continue to increase throughout the next few weeks. Really we're shooting for: Where is he at the start of the season? And we'll evaluate then on how much longer it may take, or he may be ready. We don't know that yet. But he feels good."
Carroll added: "There's some evaluation to be done going into next week, but I don't have any expectations for that right now. We'll just wait and see. We don't have a timetable for this; that he has to meet any schedule at all. We're just working him back, and he's gaining confidence, and it's really important not to have any setbacks. So we're being careful."
This talk will throw some cold water on the good vibes generated when Graham returned to practice. It sounds like it's no sure thing that he'll be ready to play Week 1.
Jimmy Graham returned to the practice field Wednesday.
The Seattle Seahawks' tight end began training camp on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a season-ending patellar tendon injury in Week 12.
Through the first 12 weeks of the 2015 season, Graham was the #9 tight end in both standard and PPR formats. It was disappointing production given his history as a top fantasy threat. Patellar injuries are notoriously difficult to rehab, but Graham is back at practice which means that his ADP is likely to rise. If he stays healthy, he should push for TE1 status in 2016.
The Seattle Seahawks head into their preseason opener this week with a little more certainty about their offensive backfield.
Thomas Rawls, who is set to be the Seahawks' primary running back this season, passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list by the team Sunday. Rawls was placed on PUP just before the start of training camp last month as he continued to finalize his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered in December.
Rawls has said for months he'd be ready for the start of the season, and his return to the active roster reinforces that timeline. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters last week Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham were each close to returning to practice.
As colleague Gregg Rosenthal pointed out last week, the Seahawks likely will take a cautious approach in bringing back the anticipated centerpiece to their running game. He did not participate in Sunday's practice. It's pretty good timing he's back as we've seen some positive reports about Christine Michael during camp so far.
"We’re going to be very, very careful with those guys," Schneider said. "Quite honestly, right now we’re still trying to decide if we’re going to place them on PUP. If we’re not, we’re just going to be very careful with them. We’re still working through that with our medical staff, our sports science staff."
Schneider added that both players are on track to be ready for the regular season.
The Seattle Seahawks expect tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Thomas Rawls to be ready for the start of the season, although they may not be able to go at the start of training camp in late July.
Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday as the team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp that both are on track to be ready when the Seahawks open on Sept. 11 against Miami. Graham tore a patellar tendon last November, while Rawls broke an ankle in December.
Rawls' ADP has dropped about a round, likely due to fear that he won't be ready for Week 1. In the six games in which Rawls played and Marshawn Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. If Rawls is good to go Week 1, he's shaping up to be a nice value in the 4th.
The recoveries from season-ending injuries for Seahawks players Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham have gone as planned but it remains too early to establish a set timeline for their return, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.
“Everything’s going well, yeah,” Carroll said during the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Everything’s really in good shape. It’s just when they push to get back we are going to have to see what the timeline is, you know, so we can tell. It’s going good.”
Rawls suffered a broken ankle during a win at Baltimore on Dec. 13 while Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in the win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29.
While Carroll was vague about a timeline Tuesday, the team general feeling is that each could be ready for the beginning of the season — particularly Rawls, whose injury has a shorter timeframe for recovery — but that each might not participate much in the pre-season.
Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, is fairly confident about Rawls being ready at some point in training camp, but predicts that Graham will be limited (at best) in Week 1 since it takes a while to recover from a torn patellar tendon. The tight end position is deep this year, so there is no reason to reach for Graham when there are plenty of good options available.
On how Thomas Rawls is doing in his recovery: “He’s doing really well. He should be fine and we anticipate that he’ll be fully recovered and ready to go at least by the time the season starts and hopefully by camp. Thomas had a terrific season. He just came out of nowhere and most people, they didn’t have any idea what he was going to do. He brought us attitude and style of play that we like. He was really physical and really tough, so we’re thrilled to have him coming back and we need to get him some help. Christine Michael re-signed with us which is a good thing; Christine did his best job of playing football for us in the short stint that he had. So those two guys will be the one-two punch right now and we’ll see where we go from there.”
On Jimmy Graham: “I’m communicating with Jimmy regularly. He should be fine. It is a substantial recovery. He’s doing great and he’s doing everything he needs to do, and he’s really competitive about it. We’re anticipating that he’ll come back and again we hope to have him by the start of the season. We’ll see how it goes as far as camp and all of that, but he’s an incredible football player and a great team member and we’re thrilled to have him on our club. We were just getting going with Jimmy last year, so we’ll be really excited to get him back in the lineup.”
Carroll sounded more optimistic about Rawls being ready for camp than he did of Graham. With Marshawn Lynch out of the way, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. Michael may form a "1-2 punch" with Rawls but we expect that Rawls will get the clear majority of the carries.
"It's too early to tell," he said. "It's a very significant injury."
Through the first 12 weeks, Graham was the #9 tight end in both standard and PPR formats. It was disappointing production given his history as a top fantasy threat, and now he has to recover from a torn patellar tendon injury. If he's healthy for training camp, we expect that he'll be one of the first 10-12 tight ends off the board on draft day.
The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) are the top three in average per year.
Ertz finished as the #10 TE in standard scoring, but was #6 after his Week 8 bye, averaging 6.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.25 TD (on 8.8 targets per game) in his final eight games. On the season, he racked up 75 catches for 853 yards and two scores. Given his size and relative catch radius, his touchdown rate should increase eventually. Playing time was the issue in his first two NFL seasons, but he played 72% of the snaps in 2015 and 79% in his last five games.
Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:48am
Jimmy Graham tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll have surgery, coach Pete Carroll said, and likely faces a long road to recovery that will extend deep into the offseason.
Graham caught 48 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns. He's averaged 55 yards per game, which ranks ninth among tight ends. But there are a couple of areas where the Seahawks will need to make up for his production.
One is on third down. On Sunday, Russell Wilson hit Graham for a pair of 18-yard gains on third down. On the season, he's targeted Graham more than any other receiver (24 times) on third down, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Sixteen of those passes have resulted in completions, but Wilson will now have to look elsewhere.
The other area to keep an eye on is explosive plays. Graham has produced 11 gains of 20-plus yards, which is three more than he had all of last year with the New Orleans Saints. Graham ranks third among tight ends in explosive plays and leads the Seahawks.
The story said not much will change for the Seattle offense. Luke Willson will take over as the starting TE. Based on Graham's production, Wilson could have some lower TE1 fantasy value.
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in Seattle's win over the Steelers and did not return to Seattle's thrilling 39-30 win. The injury will require surgery, coach Pete Carroll told reporters.
Graham was carted off in the fourth quarter with an air cast on his right leg after coming down awkwardly on a jump ball in the end zone.
It's been a rough first season in Seattle for Graham; the tight end is averaging just over four catches per game and has totaled two touchdowns in 10 games. Graham was having possibly his best outing of the season against Pittsburgh, which included a momentum-swinging 36-yard grab in the third quarter just two drives before his injury. Graham left with four catches for 75 yards.
As the story said, it's never a good sign when a player gets carted off with an air cast on -- a precaution typically used to prevent a serious injury from worsening. How long Graham will be out remains to be seen, but his absence on the streaking Seahawks' offense will be missed. Luke Willson would fill in for Graham but hasn't been used a whole lot this season catching 11 balls for 140 yards and a TD before this week.
"I'm disappointed," Carroll said, per ESPN Seattle. "Because we really have had the intent, just like you would think, exactly like you guys think, like everybody thinks. We want him to be a big part of the offense."
There's no reason to panic about Graham. He had a quiet Week 2, but he had quiet weeks in New Orleans as well. He caught six passes for 51 yards and a TD in Week 1, and after complaining about his role in Week 2, he's likely to produce against a very shaky Bears defense.
Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:24pm
He had two catches for 24 yards on five targets Saturday night. Graham has played 52 preseason snaps, and he's been used as a run blocker 36.5 percent of the time. The results have been mixed.
On an early Marshawn Lynch 3rd-and-1 carry, the Seahawks didn't generate any kind of push, and Graham let a defender slip past him as the run was stopped short of a first down. He did a good job on Robert Turbin's 7-yard run in the first.
But in the third, Graham looked like he was unsure of which defender to block, and a defensive lineman went right past him in the red zone to drop Turbin for a 7-yard loss. In other words, Graham appears to be a work in progress as a run blocker.
If the Seahawks can keep Graham on the field in running situations, it will only help to open the passing game for play-action passes which is where Graham could thrive.
For all the issues the Seattle Seahawks still have to work out on offense, the chemistry between their quarterback and top pass-catcher isn't one of them.
It was again evident Friday night in Seattle's 14-13 preseason loss to Kansas City. Jimmy Graham caught all three passes that Russell Wilson threw his way during the two quarters in which the Seahawks' offensive starters played, but one of them stood out.
Lined up in the slot on second-and-18, Graham released up the seam against tight coverage from safety Ron Parker. Graham wasn't open when Wilson delivered a perfectly placed pass toward his back shoulder for a 21-yard gain. Then again, he didn't need to be.
"He's hard to miss, being 6-7 and being able to show up and run as fast as he can," Wilson told reporters.
Call it whatever you'd like -- chemistry, trust, rapport -- but Wilson and Graham certainly seem to have built plenty of it already, the story said. It's good news for those who were worried about Graham switching offenses. It sure looks like he's going to be a key part of the Seattle offense, too, and is of course one of the top TEs in fantasy drafts.
“He’s added a new dimension to our offense,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told Peter King. “He’s been amazing. Awesome. He’ll help on third down, help in the red zone. In some of those areas you feel like he will be able to be a big factor. I think he will have the effect that you imagine a tight end would, pulling some coverage, and maybe changing some stuff for guys outside and guys other places as well.”
Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his season was somewhat disappointing, especially down the stretch. He averaged 4.0 catches for 44 yards and 0.2 TD in his final five games, including a weird zero-target goose egg in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. Now he heads to Seattle, where the Seahawks have been looking to upgrade at tight end for a while. Graham's value takes a minor hit as he heads to the run-oriented Seahawks, though he'll continue to be a target hog given the current state of the Seattle receiving corps.
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