Packers: Ranking the 5 best performances in divisional-round win vs. Seahawks
By Jesse Fry
2. Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham has been a bit of a disappointment as Brian Gutekunst’s first major free agent signing. He hasn’t put up the numbers of a younger Graham nor has he been the red zone beast he had been in his last year in Seattle.
But he has played better than people give him credit for. He has come up big in a few games for the Packers and did so again on Sunday night.
Graham’s numbers are a modest three catches for 49 yards, but sometimes it’s not the numbers but how you got the numbers. Each one of Graham’s receptions produced a first down and came at critical moments in the game with each catch being on third down. His last two kept a touchdown drive alive and then sealed the game. His first also shouldn’t be discredited as it kept the opening drive alive that ended with an Adams touchdown.
Graham isn’t going to burn anyone anymore. He has lost more than a step. But he still has enough to get behind a linebacker, win coverage and can use his body to shield the defender. All things that can make him a productive receiver in the NFL.
He proved as much in this game. What may be most important for Graham is he still has the trust and faith of his quarterback.
This may be Graham’s last chance at a championship. I have no doubt he recognizes this and will give the team all he has left. If he does, the Packers will be the beneficiaries and his play could have a lot to say in the next game.