Packers’ TE Jimmy Graham Aims to “Prove a Lot of People Wrong” in 2019

Jimmy Graham with the Seahawks in 2016. Photo by Jeff Halstead/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Green Bay Packers hoped that tight end Jimmy Graham will be a versatile offensive weapon when they signed him for a three-year, $30 million contract back in 2018. Things didn’t turn out that way, as Graham underperformed last season and was even on the brink of being cut by the team. Still, the 32-year-old will be given another chance in Green Bay, and it looks like he intends to make the most of it.

Speaking with told Kelly Price of NBC 26 Green Bay on Sunday, Graham admitted that he didn’t have a good year in 2018 and that he needs to get better.

“Obviously last year was disappointing for everybody. I’m not used to losing. I don’t think anybody here is, you know?” – said Graham. “And for me, it was not a good year. I’m completely focused on putting my best foot forward and being the player that I am: Scoring in the red zone and being that big threat on third down. I mean, I gotta get back to that. And I take it serious. It’s something that eats at me every single day, not making the playoffs and sometimes not making the plays that I should have. So you better believe I’m gonna be ready.”

After catching just 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Packers, Graham wishes to show that he “still can run” and aims to “prove a lot of people wrong” in 2019.

“I mean we all have our ups and downs,” – he added. “Obviously there was a lot going on last year for all of us in the building. But all that’s in the past. I know the player that I am and I know I still have juice, I know I still can run. I’m gonna go prove a lot of people wrong.”

Graham, who also played with New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, has 611 caught passes for 7,436 yards and 71 TDs over the course of his career. His career highlights also include five Pro Bowls and First-Team All-Pro appearance.