Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Graham Makes NFL History With Award


New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is making history through his first month of football in the 2013 season as the team tears through the opposition.

Graham was named  the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday thanks to his 27 receptions for 458 yards and six touchdowns.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett has some other interesting stats about the historic honor:

Graham ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards, behind only Atlanta Falcons wide receiverJulio Jones (481), and he is tied for the lead in touchdown receptions with Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Graham is one touchdown shy of tying the league record for touchdown catches by a tight end through his team’s first five games — a mark shared by Antonio Gates (2010) and Mike Ditka (1963).

So much for Graham’s down season last year. Also, so much for that injury that had been nagging him all offseason. Graham is playing at a historic pace as the No. 1 option on the Saints offense, and not only that, he’s far and away the best tight end in the NFL.

We have a feeling Graham is just getting started this season, but feel free to bask in his success so far. Just don’t expect this to be the extent of it.

 

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