Tight end Jimmy Graham returned to practice with the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since last November when he ruptured his patellar tendon. Graham is thrilled to be back with his teammates and is motivated to prove he can get the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl.
It has been a long eight months of rehab for Graham and he stressed how much of a process it was each day to get back to where he is now.
“It’s been eight months. It’s been a constant eight months. I’ve never been through something that every day you had to do something for it. Every day, you wake up, and until you go to bed, you’re doing some type of rehab,” said Graham.
Graham is being eased back into action as he was catching passes, but did not do anything that required full speed and when the offense went against the defense. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expects his tight end to be playing in week one barring any set backs.
Graham hopes to be ready for week one, but would not commit to anything when asked if he will be ready to go week one.
“I can’t really answer that. I’m not allowed to answer that,” said Graham.
The Seahawks hope Graham can expand his presence in their passing game. It took time for Graham to adjust to his role in the Seahawks passing game as he was not utilized the same way the New Orleans Saints used to use him.
In eleven games, Graham posted 48 catches for 605 yards and two touchdowns, which are all career lows since Graham became a full-time starter with the Saints. Graham posted 73 targets, which was a huge drop as Graham never dropped below 124 in his time as a starter with the Saints.
If Graham an regain his pre injury form he can be a huge boost to the Seahawks offense. It is a mistake to write off Graham, but the Seahawks must be patient as he is coming off a difficult injury to recover from.