How will Garrett Graham fit in ’14 Houston Texans offense?
Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham (88) runs after a reception against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
One player I’m looking forward to seeing in the offensive scheme of Bill O’Brien is tight end Garrett Graham.
Graham is entering his fifth season in the NFL with the Texans, and I believe he’s an under-the-radar player who can produce at moments with this team.
Last season with the Texans, Graham had 49 receptions for 545 yards, an average of 11.1 yards per reception. He also had five touchdowns.
The past two seasons, Graham has played in 28 games for the Texans, and in what are his two best NFL seasons he has totaled 808 yards and eight touchdowns. In the past two seasons Graham is averaging 10.25 ypc.
Now for the ’14 season, how will he and fellow Texans’ tight ends be used in the offensive schemes of O’Brien?
Graham, in quotes provided by the Texans Media Dept. said:
"“We can do a lot of things in the tight end position and we can move people around. That’s something we’re trying to focus on and do a good job of and so far, I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job as a tight end group.”"
He also gave a quick thought on starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Texans this offseason:
"“He’s a leader; he knows what he is doing. He’s orchestrating everything out there. We have a lot of confidence in him and he’s fun to play with.”"
The TE spots for the Texans will be huge on the offensive side of the ball this season. If the Texans’ o-line doesn’t improve their blocking from last season (they allowed 40-plus sacks), and if the running game doesn’t take some of the pressure off the QB, short passes to the TEs, including Graham, could become commonplace in ’14.
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I like Graham as a player, and still believe there is still some untapped potential with him, but even if he becomes a good role player opposite of Ryan Griffin, then that will go a long ways for the Texans this season.