In just his second year in the NFL -- and his third year playing football since the start of high school -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. A success by any measure. But again, Graham knows he is relatively green to football. He told the team's official web site that he can be even greater.
"For me, whenever I look back to last year and I watch those plays, I see the San Francisco game, I see the Lions game, I only see missed opportunities," Graham said. "I think I had a lot of missed opportunities out there, a lot of balls that I could have gotten to, a lot of routes that I should have been more disciplined on or things I should have done better."
It's certainly possible that Graham tops his 2011 stats. The Saints lost Robert Meachem and didn't replace him with any proven talent. Devery Henderson is off to a slow start in camp. This just means Graham should be Drew Brees' first or second look more often this year. Graham has more upside than Rob Gronkowski. I probably won't get either guy on my fantasy team because I subscribe to waiting on tight ends. But I can see why Graham and Gronk are gone by the end on the second round.