Saints TE Jimmy Graham: "[Drew Brees]and I are already ...

USA Today - [Full Article]

Saints TE Jimmy Graham: "[Drew Brees]and I are already in mid-season form. ... Right now, we're more dynamic offensively than we've ever been."

At 27, Graham is healthy coming off a perceived down year despite leading the Saints with 85 receptions. He also piled up 982 receiving yards and nine touchdowns despite playing through a debilitating left wrist injury that required surgery after the season.

"Last year was very difficult playing all season with that much pain," said Graham, who won't reveal whether the wrist was broken. "But that's football.

"I'm going to be a man and play for this team no matter what."

Fantasy Impact: 

Graham's per game numbers slipped (from 12.3 PPG in 2011 to 10.1 PPG in 2012), but he was battling injuries throughout the season, so there's a good possibility that he'll bounce back in 2013. His targets stayed relatively steady (9.2 TPG in 2011, 9.0 in 2012), indicating that his role hasn't changed much. Given the current state of the TE position, Graham is about as solid as it gets. He holds extra value in PPR formats. We like him in the 2nd round, maybe even the 1st depending on format.

Filed Under: 2013, Preseason

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