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  1. LoveDemPats

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    I feel bad for the dude, but did anybody happen to see him drop that ball yesterday? I always really liked him.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7249232

    The Jaguars controlled the game so well that Shanahan, out of timeouts and with his headset malfunctioning, went for it on fourth-and-5 from his own 9 with more than four minutes remaining and his team trailing 20-14 after Henry's 6-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.

    "I just had a gut feeling with the way they were controlling the tempo of the game that that would give us the best chance to win," Shanahan said. "And it almost turned out good."

    Tight end Daniel Graham dropped the potential first-down pass.

    "I just hit the ground and dropped the ball, it's on me," said Graham, who spiked the ball in frustration, giving the Jaguars the ball at the 4.
     
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    I like him too, but that's why he's there, not here.

    Kyle Brady can't run like him, but the pass catching drop off is greatly exaggerated on this board.
     
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    You've never seen Brady try diving for a catch, I'm guessing.
     
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    Is this another Pat that moves on to a different team but doesnt live up to expectation?
     
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    Yea, I think that Kyle Brady is a huge benifit. That catch he made yesterday was pretty sweet too!

    There was a lot of talk, seemingly from Graham about being incorrectly utilized - well that is what I remember, but it could have been generated by the frick'n media so who knows?

    Looking forward, I think that the pats are doing ok. Kyle Brady is a beast. And he was in for a ton of plays yesterday, did you see that?

    BB seems to love him
     
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    Go read what Shanahan was saying about Graham last week. The Broncos are loving Graham so far. This is a case where a tight end tried to make a diving catch but couldn't hold onto the ball after he hit the ground.
     
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    He was man enough to accept responsibility but unfortunately for him, it happened before. The Redskins game in '03 (last loss before the long winning streak) ended on a 4th down drop by Graham at the Skins 38 yard line or so with less than minute left..with a ball that IIRC was catchable.
     
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    Graham can keep dropping them for all I care.
     
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    It was over when ...
    The Broncos went for a questionable fourth-and-5 from their own 9-yard line with just over four minutes remaining. David Graham dropped a beautiful pass from Jay Cutler, and the change of possesion set up a chippy field goal for the Jaguars, who went on to take a nine-point lead that held up for the win.


    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter?season=2007&week=REG3&game_id=29236

    One of his reasons for going to Denver was he would have more pass catching opportunities. He did not want to be just a blocker. No catches yesterday for a 3 games total of 4 recs for 33 yards (0 Tds). Meanwhile, Benjamin Watson has 9 catches for 75 yards (3 Tds).
     
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    I predict you are going to be flamed for this comment. ;)

    Brady blocks well enough to save us a HUGE amount of money over Grambo, and we have other people to catch the ball on the team who have MUCH softer hands than Grambo.

    I like Grambo as a person. And I am glad as hell that he dropped the ball as a Donkey.
     
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    How was going for it on fourth down so questionable? I think it was a legit play call. Suppose the worst: Punt then 3 runs up the middle by opposition, then an ensuing punt. Broncos would get the ball back with about 1 minute left on the clock (more if they used timeouts -- I don't know if they had any, though). If they got a first down, game over.

    It's a gamble, betting your defense create a 3 and out PLUS your offense can score in under two minutes, or gamble than you can get 4 yards. I personally know which I would take.
     
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    I agree completely. Graham was not known for his hands...The reason we all liked him so much was b/c of his blocking...which is the same thing Brady gives us.
     
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    Yeah, he's a Bronco now . . . you know . . . the enemy . . . keep dropping them buddy.
     
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    Yeah, you've known me long enough, BF. The second a player leaves this Patriot team he's the enemy and I'll not shed a tear if he blows elsewhere.
     
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    I haven't seen him drop one right in his hands either.
     
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    We're brothers in that regard . . . you're either with us or against us and if you aren't a Patriot you're against us. I'll turn on a dime, either for or against a player, when he joins or leaves the Patriots.
     
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    What do I care?

    I like Graham because he worked hard and was a great blocker.

    Once or twice a year he'd make a great catch and ramble through the defense like a wild bull. We traded up for him to do that once or twice a game and catch the easy ones, which he often didn't.

    Blocking tight ends aren't expensive and don't require a first round pick.

    With Watson and Thomas being better receivers, he was our blocking tight end.

    Didn't check the source of the other poster, but 4 catches for 33 yards? Yeah, Shanny must be ecstatic.
     
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    Two sources:
    1. espn.com
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3549

    2. NFL.com
    http://www.nfl.com/players/danielgraham/profile?id=GRA138417
     
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    I'm generally in the pro-Grahambo camp, but that's a strong argument on the other side, especially the part I italicized.
     
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    I always liked his effort and salivated over the few awesome YAC expeditions where he shed tacklers like they were children.

    But when it comes time for the big contract, he wasn't an offensive force in year 5 any more than year 1, so you have to question if the potential will be reached.

    Too much money at stake.
     
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