Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants to ‘capitalize’ after a stellar performance last season against the Texans.

Juwan Johnson, Foster Moreau and Taysom Hill are all locked into squad spots at tight end. Graham is battling for the fourth TE appearance along with Jesse James (who is struggling with an injury), JP Holtz and Lucas Krull.

On Sunday, Graham offered his arguments for the performance.

“Probably, probably since the Chargers practiced, I’ve started to see some signs of the mental image that I have of Jimmy Graham,” Allen said. “Also this week I saw it in training and I saw how it carried over into the game. That’s positive.”

Graham spent his first five seasons with the Saints before playing three in Seattle, two in Green Bay and two more in Chicago. He didn’t land on a roster in 2022. When we last saw Graham with the Bears in 2021, he had 14 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. There wasn’t much gas in the tank back then, but Graham showed signs this preseason that he can still make difficult catches and score touchdowns.

“He’s a living legend,” Winston said. “It’s a blessing to be able to throw him the ball and watch him go out and make spectacular catches.”

The Saints are likely to retain four TEs (especially with Hill involved at other positions), and Sunday’s performance could have decided Graham’s appearance. But with the deadline to reduce squads to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, that’s not a given.

“It just reminded me of all the great moments I’ve had here in front of these fans, with my teammates and with this coaching staff, so many special moments and victories,” Graham said of Sunday’s games at the Superdome. “I look forward to continuing to capitalize on this and make that feeling even bigger. I’m looking forward to the regular season. It’s been a fantastic training camp and I can’t say enough about how good this team is in every position.” and how great the iron sharpener is.

Should Graham actually secure a spot in the roster, he could play a significant role in the Saints’ red zone campaign after proving he can still make contested catches. Graham could steal some of the end zone goals from Johnson, who is coming off a seven-point season in 2022 and is poised for a breakthrough.


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