If you would have told anyone at the end of last season that New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham would lead the league in dropped passes this season, then you might have been laughed out of New Orleans. But now at the end of the 2012-2013 season, it’s no laughing matter.
After Monday night Graham now shares the title with New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker with 10 dropped passes. The one time sure-handed target of quarterback Drew Brees would no doubt love for Welker to take the title from him.
It’s been an odd season for the Saints anyway and Graham’s case of the “dropsies” have baffled even the most “Golden Graham” fan. But interim head coach Joe Vitt did let something slip after their recent loss to the New York Giants.
At the conclusion of the game Vitt contributed Graham’s drops to a wrist brace he was wearing. While not a major deal, when players wear a brace of any kind, then they are trying to protect the area it’s on from further injury.
Then Vitt revealed on Friday that Graham has been indeed dealing with a wrist injury since the preseason. Graham told NOLA.com that his season has been “disappointing” and that,
“It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing. It doesn’t matter the pain that I have. I still have to be out there and I still have to catch it. That’s been on me.”
Of course Graham isn’t alone according to a survey done by ESPN.com. Saints running back Darren Sproles is tied for third place with eight dropped passes and wide receiver Marques Colston has six.
To make matters worse for Graham he is looking for a contract extension from the Saints since his current one will expire after next season. It’s no doubt that he’ll get one but how much it will be for depends on how he rebounds after his performance from this year.