Saints TE Jimmy Graham wasn't the same player when cove...

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Saints TE Jimmy Graham wasn't the same player when covered by a cornerback last season. Teams zeroed in on Graham without fear of retribution from the Saints' other pass catchers.

Rookie WR Brandin Cooks, who the Saints traded up to acquire in May's draft, should help alleviate that burden with his mere presence. His speed could lend more opportunities for Graham.

He's the type of weapon the Saints have lacked at receiver since HC Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees came together in 2006. He's an every-down wideout who's lightning fast, has great hands, can play inside and on the flank, and runs every route with precision.

"I feel good," Cooks said. "It's football. I just come out here and have fun and do what I do best and just (try to) be a playmaker, learn from older guys, and stick around guys like Drew. I feel like I'll be alright doing that."

Fantasy Impact: 

The article also points out that the Saints running game could help put Graham in more favorable matchups as well. But in the end, the Saints are again expected to put up a ton of points even if team's try to take away Graham.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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