The Seattle Seahawks have had somewhat of an up-and-down pre-season, to say the very least.
The Seahawks managed to tie down quarterback Russell Wilson and Bruce Irvin to new contracts, but fellow stars Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are unhappy at not receiving theirs. And then there is the sorry state of the Seahawks offensive line, which at the moment has absolutely no cohesion.
All this is why the Seahawks desperately need to hit the ground running, and they need Jimmy Graham to be a big part of that.
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Apart from bell-cow running back Marshawn Lynch and the some-time scrambling ability of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks do not have any playmakers on their roster after letting Percy Harvin go and seeing Golden Tate join the Detroit Lions.
They now have one in tight end Jimmy Graham, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has high hopes for the former New Orleans Saint.
“He’s added a new dimension to our offense,” Bevell told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “He’s been amazing. Awesome."
Bevell went on to say where Graham will be most utilized, unsurprisingly the Seahawks will look his way a lot on third downs and when they get within sniffing distance of the goal-line.
"He’ll help on third down, help in the red zone. In some of those areas you feel like he will be able to be a big factor. I think he will have the effect that you imagine a tight end would, pulling some coverage, and maybe changing some stuff for guys outside and guys other places as well," he added.
The Seahawks needed some help on offense and Graham gives them that, let's just hope the offensive line holds up enough for Wilson to get him the ball.