With Week 3 of the NFL season in the books for the New Orleans Saints, tight end Jimmy Graham continued his dominating performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Graham hauled in nine catches for a total of 134 receiving yards and two touchdowns Sunday afternoon, bring his total reception yards up to 358 and his touchdown total to 4.
This is good news for both Saints fans and Graham himself. Obviously, a healthy Graham will continue to be a potent weapon for Drew Brees to target on his dropbacks, and at 6-foot-7 and 256 pounds, he is tough to cover and is a nightmare for opposing defenses. The good news for Graham, as well, is that he is also playing in a contract-year.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the year, Graham will be looking for a big payout and long-term contract, no matter how New Orleans ends up doing this season. Considering how productive Graham has been for the Saints since he joined the organization for the 2010 season, it is highly unlikely that New Orleans will let him hit the free market. Instead, they will likely opt to sign-up for the foreseeable future. Again, this should come as welcome news to Saints’ fans as Graham’s presence on the field will only continue to help his teammates. Should opposing defenses attempt to double team him, other players such as Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, or Lance Moore, will not garner as much attention and will be available to catch passes.
In fact, it is quite possible that Graham is simply the best tight end in the game at this moment. With the New England Patriots‘ Rob Gronkowski attempting to come back from injuries and surgeries from last season, it’s simply hard to think of another player at that position who can rival him. Graham is currently sixth in receiving for the 2013 season and is the top tight end; it’s hard to envision that changing any time soon.