Let me ask a different question: Is Jimmy Graham really the asset everyone thinks he can be?
It has been the perpetual question from the day he entered the Seahawks’ lineup.
Why can’t they get Jimmy Graham the ball?
It was asked throughout 2015 when he was limited to two touchdown catches. It was asked after the loss to the Saints last year when he went untargeted in the red zone.
It has been asked on every local sports radio show and within this very space as well.
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But let me ask a different question: Is Graham really the asset everyone thinks he can be?
The basis for this query goes well beyond last Sunday’s loss to the Packers, but that’s a good place to start. In what might have been the worst game of his career, Jimmy was held to a paltry 8 yards on three receptions.
He also dropped a crucial ball on third down that would have put the Seahawks in Green Bay territory, and when he was asked to block, there might as well have been 10 men on the field.
Second play of the game? Graham missed a block that caused Doug Baldwin to lose 3 yards. Third play of the game? Graham missed a chip block that caused Russell Wilson to get sacked.
To be fair, Jimmy has always been toward the bottom of the tight-end totem pole when it came to blocking, but those misses Sunday were noticeable to just about anyone.
Maybe this conversation is completely different had Graham drawn the pass-interference flag in the third quarter, which would have made it first-and-goal for the Seahawks from the Packers’ 1. But after a day in which Graham had just one more yard than he did targets, you have to think 12s are once again wondering, “Why did we trade for this guy?”
It’s not that Graham has been poor for this team. His 923 receiving yards were third among tight ends last season, and his six touchdown catches were tied for seventh. He also had a game against the Bills in which he made two one-handed touchdown catches and jumped over a defender. Of course, this was coming after a season in which he had just two touchdown catches in 11 games — and those five games he missed? That might have been most telling of all.
I’ve said repeatedly that, from Week 11 to Week 15 in 2015, Russell Wilson might have had the best five-game stretch in quarterbacking history. What’s particularly noteworthy, though, is that Graham was out for three of those games, and missed…