The Seattle Seahawks open the 2017 NFL regular season on the road, facing off against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
When the Seattle Seahawks traded with New Orleans in 2015 for Jimmy Graham, it was easy to imagine quarterback Russell Wilson finding his tight end down in the end zone.
But for Graham and many Seattle fans, his first season was a disappointment, cut short in November with a torn patellar tendon. Returning in time to start the 2016 season, Graham was selected to his first Pro Bowl in the blue and green. Now acclimated to a different offense and signal caller, the hopes are high for Graham in his third season in Seattle.
And no one expects more than his quarterback.
“Jimmy looks great,” Wilson said during his Thursday press conference. “He’s explosive and making all the plays. He’s such a great receiver, great player, and he can do it all. He’s an all pro tight end and he can make a lot of plays for us so we need him.”
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 10, 2017
Wilson and Graham worked together extensively this offseason, but both had some individual goals as well. The quarterback and his tight end each shed significant weight in preparation for the new year.
Graham spoke with 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton on Monday and said he was down 20 pounds from last year, now tipping the scales at a svelte 260. He credited former NFL tight end…