As the New Orleans Saints head into their Week 8 matchup against the Denver Broncos on the national stage of Sunday Night Football, the team is hoping to have their star tight end Jimmy Graham back in the lineup.
Graham missed the team’s Week 7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an ankle injury, but the Saints are hoping to have their young star back on the field for the Sunday night battle against the Broncos.
Doug Mouton of the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, WWL-TV, is reporting from New Orleans head coach Joe Vitt and his view on Graham’s Wednesday practice:
Joe Vitt said Jimmy Graham "looked good" but didn't say if he thought Graham would play Sunday.— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) October 24, 2012
The Saints TE is one of the most dangerous players in the entire NFL, but the team needs the star back in the lineup as soon as possible to become a playoff threat once again.
With New Orleans sitting at 2-4 on the season, the team can’t afford to be without the star tight end for too long and still expect to be a postseason contender.
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Despite the fact that Graham wasn’t having the best year of his young career before hurting his ankle, the reason the Saints were losing on such a torrid pace was because of the defensive inefficiencies; not any issues with Graham.
When Graham returns to the lineup, he will slowly begin to get reacclimated to the offense with his injury, but will still make an immediate impact for the Saints.
Denver boasts the 10th-best pass defense, and they will need the tall pass-catching tight end on the field—especially in the red zone—if they want to beat the red-hot Broncos.
Even if Graham plays on a limited basis, the Saints will look to the sure-handed target when the game matters most. As long as Drew Brees is on the field with Graham, he will be a viable option.
Final Word: Six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.
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