In the first game of the NFL’s week 12, the New Orleans Saints‘ sensational young tight end Jimmy Graham had yet another fantastic outing, despite a limited workload. Graham caught five passes on seven targets for 100-yards and a touchdown. It sounds pretty standard, but it would be foolish to believe so.
First, Graham’s performance was anything but mundane or routine. By finishing with 100 or more yards for the sixth time this season, he tied Atlanta Falcons’ tight end Tony Gonzalez for most 100-yard games receiving by a tight end in an NFL season. Gonzalez previously accomplished the feat in 2000 and 2004, and with five games remaining in the season it is very possible that Graham could break that record.
At this point it is unlikely that Graham will break Calvin Johnson’s record for reception yards in a season. He would need over 1,000 yards in just five remaining games. It is not impossible, just improbable. He could still break or tie the single season record for most touchdowns in a season, however. That number is 23 and is currently held by Randy Moss, and Graham would need just 12 more touchdowns to tie. I am guessing that it will not happen, but there is a chance.
Also of note from Graham’s performance this past Thursday night was his second quarter 44-yard touchdown reception and his celebratory goalpost dunk that followed. The goalpost dunk has become Graham’s favorite way to celebrate a touchdown and this time was no different. No different except he dunked with so much power and force that he bent the goalpost.
The image, video or even a GIF is available all over the internet, just google it. Graham harnessed his inner Shaquille O’Neal and bent the goalpost. It was an amazing thing to see, especially since it happened at Atlanta and put the Saints up 14-10 in the second quarter.
Hopefully Graham can duplicate this in New Orleans’ Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13.