Jimmy Graham + Aaron Rodgers = Red Zone Domination
Jimmy Graham became one of the three big name free agents to be rumored to be looking in with Green Bay. Yesterday morning, I thought the Packers really needed to make a move on Graham quick before Drew Brees signed his deal. Part of the reason I claimed Robinson and Watkins said no thanks was due not knowing the situation at wide receiver. When Brees did the deal, I thought Graham would be joining him, but with the help of Aaron Rodgers, the 6’7 tight end will be a Green Bay Packer and the team should be a terrifying thought whenever they enter the red zone.
This is the third straight year where Green Bay is trying for a big, physical tight end, but Graham is the best one of the bunch. He had the second-most red zone touchdowns in the last two years with 14. Graham becomes a complete force when his team gets close to the end zone. How are teams going to compete with the Packers when they get close to the end zone? If you focus on the tight end, you have to worry about Davante Adams who is damn good in the red zone in his own right. Green Bay is getting back to their ways of converting touchdowns in the red zone.
Other thing to consider with Graham that isn’t being talked about enough in the last 24 hours is Seattle doesn’t have much of a pass-first scheme. Darrell Bevell tried to incorporate it last year with Russell Wilson, but it didn’t really develop with a focus on players, rather, Wilson making things happen out of thin air. Graham will be in a Saints-like system again where he could absolutely flourish beyond just the red zone.
Excited to get started with Jimmy. Hope he doesn’t break any goal posts.