Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham will be full-go for the team’s Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Pete Carroll announced on Friday.
Graham is dealing with a knee injury that had him questionable for the team’s Week 1 opener against the Miami Dolphins. Graham was on a limited snap count in Week 1, participating in just 17 snaps for the opener. Carroll said that Graham is ready to play “in all situations.”
Once the league’s top receiving tight end, Graham hasn’t done much of note since the Seahawks traded Max Unger and a first-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for him. Graham caught 26 touchdowns and had over 2,000 yards in his last two years with the Saints, but in 2015, his first year with the Seahawks, he had just 605 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.
Graham is being asked to block a lot more than he ever did in New Orleans. But even when his blocking is going well, he’s not the threat he once was a receiver. It used to be that Graham was a sure-thing on any jump ball, but his days of dunking footballs through the goal posts seem long behind him.
At 29 years old, he’s not exactly over the hill, but Graham won’t be considered the same vertical threat he was until he has a breakout game. That game could come against the Rams, a team that allowed Blaine Gabbert and the San Francisco 49ers to put up 28 points in Week 1.