Graham Felt Underused

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  1. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    March 4th, 2007
    Graham felt underused
    Posted by John Tomase at 11:25 pm

    Interesting story in yesterday’s Rocky Mountain News by Lee Rasizer, who caught up with Patriots tight end Daniel Graham.

    Graham, not surprisingly, feels like the Patriots pigeon-holed him as a blocker who couldn’t catch, a characterization Graham disputes.

    “My biggest concern going into the market is how teams are going to use me,” Graham admitted. “I feel like all of my talents weren’t being used up in New England. I wanted to catch more balls than I did up there. So I’m exploring which teams are going to give me an opportunity to do that.”

    Graham shuts the door on a return to the Patriots in the story as well. It’s worth a read.
  2. DaBruinz

    DaBruinz Pats, B's, Sox Supporter

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    Well, i am not sure I'd say that Graham was UNDER-USED. On the contrary, I think that Graham was OVER-USED as a blocker because the OTs we had in Ashworth and Gorin were barely adequate.

    When a team is having to constantly use 4 OTs year in and year out, there is no consistency. With no consistency, you have to have help for the OTs and that is what Graham was asked to do.

    I don't blame Graham for leaving and not wanting to be here, especially when the injury concerns at RT continue to be an issue.
  3. Crazy Patriot Guy

    Crazy Patriot Guy Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I don't see where Graham says he was labeled a blocker who couldn't catch by the Patriots, I think Tomase is putting words in his mouth. All Graham is saying is that he was asked to block more than he would have liked. The Patriots did this because of his incredible blocking skills, not because they feared his receving abilities.
  4. hwc

    hwc In the Starting Line-Up

    If Graham were consistently getting open, don't you think Tom Brady would have thrown the ball at him more often?

    I actually think that one of the big disappointments with the offense this year was how infrequently a TE caught a little dump pass in traffic, ala Ben Coates. Considering that we were starting two 1st round picks at TE, we really didn't get much production in the passing game.
  5. 2 a point, I can agree with him...
  6. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Ben Coates is probably the best TE in Pats history and was one of the best in the league for a couple of years, so while I hope Watson could unseat him to say big dissapointment because he or graham are not that good might be overstating it.
  7. fgssand

    fgssand Supporter Supporter

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    We will still be able to start two #1 draft choices at TE!!
  8. PATRIOT64

    PATRIOT64 In the Starting Line-Up

    You probably never saw Russ Francis play...He was pretty darn good too!
  9. Fencer

    Fencer Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    He's marketing himself. Nobody should blame him for saying those things.
  10. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

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    As much as Bledsoe loved to throw to the TE, Brady doesn't seem to.

    Graham can say whatever he wants, the goal was to win; if the coaches thought his role, as it was, was best for helping the team win then it shouldn't have been a problem.
  11. hwc

    hwc In the Starting Line-Up

    I'll leave it up to the coaching staff to analyze and dissect the reasons. I was just observing that we really didn't get much production from the TEs in the passing game. Watson was pretty solid with, I think, 47 catches. Graham was invisible with 21.
  12. pats63

    pats63 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Dan is trying to market himself not just a blocking TE...I hope Dan gets the best deal possible for him....As long it is in the nfc:D
  13. JackPMiller

    JackPMiller On the Game Day Roster

    I know how he feels. I am always underused. Just kidding.
  14. sebman2112

    sebman2112 In the Starting Line-Up

    Another interview Graham said he wanted to be the featured TE, and more of a pass catcher, so this is not news to me. I've expected Graham to be gone for a long time now.
  15. zippo59

    zippo59 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I think teams viewed Watson as our most dangerous receiving threat so he was really beat up on and hand cuffed. If we get a little more production out of our wide receivers then I think it will really open up the middle of the field for Watson and Thomas.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2007
  16. Patriot_in_NY

    Patriot_in_NY Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    I may be the only one that feels this way, but outside his great blocking skills (which are quite formitable), I've always been a little underwhelmed by DG. Particularly as it relates to his durability.

    I wouldn't say I'm happy he's gone at all, but I wouldn't say I'm crushed either, particularly at the money he wants/expects. I think TOB (the other Brady) will do fine in his role, as the line should start to stablize more shouldn't need as much help. I'm content with Watson and Thomas catching balls at TE too (so long as Watson stops dropping em; right after :rolleyes: ).
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2007
  17. cubedoggy

    cubedoggy On the Game Day Roster

    Yup. Part of the reason why Graham was supplanted as a receiving TE was that he dropped A LOT of balls early in his career; I know he worked on it, but while it was happening, he turned into a solid blocking TE.

    If he'd put it all together sooner, he'd've had the catches, and maybe Watson would've gone elsewhere.

    I, for one, wish Dan well, but am not upset at the outcome.
  18. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    Yup - I'll never forget how Howard Kosell always called him the "All World Tight End". Now THERE was a tight end with good hands.

    I've seen far too many klunk off of Graham like he was wearing oven mitts - the fact that he feels underutilized as a pass catcher (if indeed he does) is a bit laughable - had he not had such an inconsistent career in New England you can be sure he would have been thrown to more often.
  19. TruthSeeker

    TruthSeeker Supporter Supporter

    Yeah, the whole thing is strange. Graham was known as an EXCELLENT receiving TE in college, in fact I'm pretty sure he won the John Mackey award as the best TE in college prior to the draft.

    2001 Receiving Statistics
    Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
    61 842 13.8 7

    He never came near that kind of production in the NFL, with 38 catches being his career best.
  20. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    Is anyone surprised that a player, going into free agency recognized as an exceptional blocker with disappointing offensive numbers would be going out of his way to justify his low pass production?

    I don't doubt he may genuinely be disappointed with his lack of involvement as a pass catcher - I know I am - but these comments are about getting the highest contract possible. And I don't fault him for that either.

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