Yesterday, I listed the Houston Texans players that will enter free agency this off season. That post must have made it all the way to Green Bay. According to Ian Rapport of NFL.com, Garrett Graham is being targeted by the Green Bay Packers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2014
Garrett Graham is no Jimmy Graham, but he is a good tight end. Last year, he had career high 49 catches for 545 yards, and 5 touchdowns. That’s with the Houston Texans flipping a coin to decide who their starting quarterback would be each week.
Owen Daniels is expected to be cut between now and June 1st. When that happens, the Texans will have only one tight end on their roster, Ryan Griffin. Along with linebackers, secondary, quarterback, defensive end, and offensive line, the tight end spot is another hole that needs to be filled.
The national media is so clueless. We need a lot of help if we’re expecting to bounce back next season.
Tight ends play an intricate role in the type of offense that Bill O’Brien likes to run. Much like Gary Kubiak, O’Brien likes to run two tight end sets. Graham might not be a game changer, but he’s a smart player that can be moved around the line to create mismatches.
If Houston takes a quarterback number one overall in the draft, they’ll need a good blocking tight end as well.
As mentioned above, Graham is no game changer, but he’s a gamer and does have his strengths. He doesn’t have the best hands in the world, but his size makes up for his hands. Another downside with Graham is that he’s been injury prone throughout his career. Hamstring, concussions, hip, groin…
The best thing about re-signing Graham is the value. He would be a good cheap option at tight end. His numbers aren’t going to make any team break the bank, so don’t expect Rick Smith to do so.
For more on the Draft see: Houston Texans: Cap and Draft By The Numbers