PFT- “I’m blocking here,” Graham told reporters on Monday, via comments distributed by the team. “Out there the last few I was pretty banged up so midway through the year I kind of stopped blocking . . . . Now here, I’m blocking quite a bit and I love it. It’s very important for me to be a part of that here because that’s about 75 percent of the offense here, and when you have a back like [Marshawn Lynch] you want to be in there on those explosive runs, and you want to be a part of that.”
The other 25 percent of the time, Graham will be the guy we’ve come to know in New Orleans.
“Third and 10 is when I’m going to make my money and that’s when I’m going to have to be special for this team,” Graham said. “Down there in the red zone. That’s just what I’ve always done. I’m doing the most down there.”
Quick question. Has Jimmy Graham always said dumb things, but I was just able to brush them aside because he was on my team? I want to say that he just developed the ability to piss me off as soon as he landed in Seattle, but I think it's much more likely that I didn't really care what he had to say as long as he was putting points on the board in New Orleans. I am starting to think that this is still part of his steadfast argument that is a wide receiver. If a wide receiver comes out and says he is willing to block 75% of the time it's praise worthy. However, it can pretty much go unsaid if you are a tight end, no matter how gifted you happen to be in the passing game. I wonder how this plays out if the Seahawks are playing a team that can't stop the run and they call four HB dives in a row. Is Jimmy just going to take the 4th play off? He seems pretty set on that 75%. Granted, that's like 70% more than he did in NOLA. Apparently Graham has been saving up his roll-over blocks over the past few years.
Look at that, Jimmy loves blocking now, but only 3/4 of the time. You start getting into the 80th percentile and you risk over saturation. You don't want to give him too much of a good thing. In reality this statement more closely resembles when a girl drinks beer on the first date, then admits a couple months down the line that she fucking hates beer. You aren't going to convince me that Jimmy Graham just suddenly developed a love or proclivity for blocking. You aren't going to convince me that a couple nagging injuries were the reason he has never felt a need or desire to be good at blocking at any point during his tenure in New Orleans. Could a Saints fan possible read a more frustrating statement than, "Out there the last few I was pretty banged up so midway through the year I kind of stopped blocking". Don't worry Seahawks fans, NOW he loves it. Apparently Jimmy Graham treated blocking like I treated sushi. Was dead set against it for years then tried it one time and realized it's actually pretty awesome. I guess the only difference is that sushi consumption was never part of my job description. I wasn't getting paid millions upon millions of dollars to mix in a California roll every once and awhile. Keep saying the right things Jimmy, but you can only do something you don't like for so long before it becomes evident in your body language. What's next? You going to agree to show up in big games 50% of the time? Don't blow them on night one Jimmy. It sets a bad precedent for the rest of the relationship.