Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham was not called on to do much blocking when he was a member of the New Orleans Saints. Now, shifting to a first-run offense, Graham’s potential to block has come into the spotlight.
The inquiry stemmed from teammate Michael Bennett, who once referred to Graham as “one of the softest players” in the league. Not backing off of Graham, Bennett claims the tight end will need to do more blocking with his new team.
When asked about his blocking ability during OTAs, Graham responded with this:
“Listen, man, I’m 270 pounds. I can block anybody I want to,” he said, via 710 ESPN Seattle. “It’s all about want-to. We’ll see come this first Sunday.”
This past season saw Graham grade out as the 15th-best run-blocking tight end in the NFL (via Pro Football Focus, subscription required).
Graham acknowledges that he is now playing in a completely different system, but enjoys the challenge:
“So for me it’s some different concepts, and their footwork is a lot different than the way I’ve done it. But it’s exciting, something new and I think just the evolution of kinda my game and growing as a player.”
With his massive 6-foot-7 frame, we can be certain that Seattle will used Graham to the best of his capability in 2015. It’s just going to be a bit of a learning curve for him to find a role blocking.
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