Eight reasons why the Packers will win the Super Bowl in 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 04: quarterback Aaron Rodgers
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 31: Tight end Jimmy Graham /

4. Jimmy Graham will be a difference-maker

The Packers have rolled the dice at tight end in recent years, and for the most part it hasn’t worked out. A year after signing Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, new GM Brian Gutekunst took the same approach as his predecessor, signing two more tight ends in free agency. The big-money move of the offseason was bringing in Jimmy Graham, who at one stage looked set to return to New Orleans.

Aaron Rodgers has never had a tight end to throw to on the level of Jimmy Graham. If Graham can still play at a high level, he will be a huge addition to the Packers’ offense.

With the Saints from 2011 to 2014, Graham posted a combined 4,396 yards and 46 touchdowns. Those are numbers some wide receivers can only dream of.

Now, those days might be in the past. He didn’t hit 1,000 yards during his three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, but he did score 18 touchdowns.

Maybe it’s a sign of age, and Graham is no longer the player he once was. Or maybe it was the offense he played in. We’ll soon find out.

The Packers don’t need Graham to be the player he was in New Orleans. The six-foot-seven tight end will give Rodgers a big-time target, making Green Bay even stronger in the red zone.