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The Seahawks featured Jimmy Graham in the past three seasons, and
replaced him with blocking tight ends. They really don’t need to replace
Jimmy Graham was targeted a lot in the Seahawks offense. When you
trade the linchpin of your offensive line and a first round pick for the
guy, you better use him. Seattle got a fourth round pick back along
with Graham, but it was still a lot to give up.
We all know how it worked out. Overall, Graham played well, but
never matched his numbers with the Saints. He was never going too,
either, as it took a ridiculous number of targets to get his catches.
After his rookie season, Graham averaged 140 targets per season. In the
three previous seasons the Seahawks averaged 415 targets per season.
Zach Miller averaged 55 targets over 2012 – 2013, while Luke Willson and
Cooper Helfet combined for 64 in 2014. There was no way the Seahawks, a
running team, were going to throw the ball 80 more times to accommodate
one player, no matter how great he was.
In fact, Seattle threw just 31 more passes in 2015. Graham’s targets
dropped from an average of nearly nine per game down to a bit under
seven. From 8.75 to 6.73, for all you fans of precision. Or about two
targets per game, for all of us regular people. The drop in targets
hardly explains Graham’s spectacular failure to pile up the points with
In his first season in Seattle, he managed exactly as many
touchdowns as Cooper Helfet had in 2014. Yes, the former backup tight
end with four career starts scored twice in 2014, the same as Graham did
in 2015. The Seahawks didn’t solve the Jimmy Graham red zone problem
until last season, when he found the end zone ten times. Unfortunately,
he didn’t find the ball as often has he should have, as his catch rate
dropped under 60 percent for the first time in his career.
Do the Seahawks really need to replace all those targets?
Graham was never going to have the stats he did in New Orleans, as
the offenses of the Seahawks and the Saints are so different. Even at
what should have been reduced expectations, it’s hard to say that Graham
delivered on his potential. In fact, he fell far short. So the bar to
replace Graham’s performance isn’t as high as his reputation would lead
you to think.
Ed Dickson is the most likely player to start at tight end in 2018. Known primarily for his blocking skills Will Pericak Jersey
the man can catch a football when necessary. In his second year in the
league, he caught 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns with the
Ravens. Last year he was pressed into the primary receiving tight end
role for the Panthers as Greg Olsen battled injuries. Dickson responded
with 30 catches for 437 yards. Unfortunately, he only took one of those
to the house. But if the Seahawks get some combination of Dickson’s two
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, they’ll be well on their way to replacing Graham’s production.
Add in Nick Vannett, an outstanding career 15 of 19 on his targets,
and rookie Will Dissly, who caught 21 catches for two touchdowns as a
senior, and you could easily recreate Jimmy Graham’s lost production.
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, though. They don’t need to have all those receptions.
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No, it’s all about the running game now
The Seahawks have clearly committed to re establishing the running
game. Their two new tight ends are known for their blocking skills more
than their hands. They drafted a running back in the first round. Well https://www.seahawksseastore.com/chris-carson-jersey-c-27.html
, not just “a” running back; Rashaad Penny was the NCAA rushing leader, and looks like he could be a beast.
They signed road grader guard D.J. Fluker. Or is he a bulldozer?
Hmmm… Anyway, right now there are four fullbacks in rookie camp. My
money is on undrafted free agent Khalid Hill making the team. Whether
it’s Hill or not, everything points to more running plays this year.
It’s clear Pete Carroll means to get the running game back. From the
coaching changes to the draft and through the free agent pickups, it
all points to getting back to smashmouth football. Russell Wilson
doesn’t need to throw the ball 550 times for Seattle to win.
The Seahawks don’t need to replace Jimmy Graham’s numbers. They need
to win, and that starts with the punishing ground game they’re