Jimmy Graham is Poised for Many Lambeau Leaps in 2018
As free agency approached, reports emerged that the Packers were going to be given serious consideration as a possible landing spot for Jimmy Graham. According to Aaron Rodgers, he and Graham first connected at the 2012 pro bowl and the two have discussed teaming up ever since.
Brian Gutekunst and the Packers stepped up and offered Graham a 3 year $30 million contract which was all the convincing that he needed to sign with the Packers. Afterward, Graham indicated that he had more lucrative contract offers on the table, but playing with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers organization was too good of an opportunity to pass up for him.
Rodgers and Graham’s connection that was forged on the shores of Honolulu, Hawaii will be drawn upon to replace the legendary relationship that Rodgers had with longtime teammate and friend, Jordy Nelson. Graham and Rodgers will try and quickly pick up where they left off at their pro bowl workouts in 2012 and develop a special red zone connection.
Reasons to be Bullish on Jimmy Graham:
Graham figures to be able to play both inside and outside and will be a matchup nightmare in the slot and in the slant game. His 6’7 frame will make him Aaron Rodgers go-to target inside the red zone as well as in crucial situations. Graham will undoubtedly be able to use the basketball skills that he developed in college at the University of Miami to grab jump balls in the end zone, win one on one matchups, and to get open on broken plays and scramble drills.
The opportunities are endless with Jimmy Graham inside the offensive huddle. His versatility coupled with the versatility of Randall Cobb will make it nearly impossible for safeties and corners to contend with all of the different routes and formations Graham, Adams, and Cobb will be able to run.
This acquisition will greatly improve the Packers ability to create opportunities for their offense to stretch the field and regain their ability to be a quick strike offense. Graham’s presence alone will allow the Packers to have a higher red zone conversion success rate and allow their offense to return to its dominant form where they are able to score at will.
I expect Jimmy Graham’s acclamation to be rather seamless, as he has shown that he is a team player and is committed to the Green Bay Packers organization. He has clearly wanted to become a Packer for years and is not just coming to the team because they have put the largest offer sheet in front of him.
I think that Graham’s presence will cause a resurgence for Randall Cobb and will only make Davante Adams more lethal on the outside. Graham’s size, athleticism, and ability, along with his track record and connection with Aaron Rodgers, could make this a renaissance season for him filled with many Lambeau Leaps.
David Michalski is a recent college graduate from Princeton New Jersey who has been a life long Green Bay Packers fan. Like the great Vince Lombardi, he values God, family, and the Green Bay Packers in that order. You can follow him on twitter at @kilbas27dave