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New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Graham Beats LB D.J. Williams In Race (Video)

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is a special player, which was evident as soon as he arrived to training camp after being drafted last year. Stories came flooding out during last years off-season — he caught everything, ran every route and played like a future superstar.

The only problem, at least from the coaches stand point, was that he was very raw after playing only one year of college football at the University of Miami. Prior to his brief stint on the football field, Graham spent all of his time playing basketball as a power forward.

New Orleans started last season with Jeremy Shockey as the starter and David Thomas  as the primary back-up. Graham was forced to learn the game from the side lines, at least until Shockey went down with yet another injury.

Graham stepped up to the plate once again and displayed his athleticism and big play ability, catching four touchdown passes over the Saints last three regular season games. He ended the season with 31 receptions for 356 yards and five touchdowns.