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Drew Brees Says Jimmy Graham is a ‘Tight End’


Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

You’ve likely heard earlier from multiple sites about Drew Brees’ interview with NBC Sports Radio. Brees sat down with NBC’s Erik Kuselias, and was asked about Jimmy Graham.

"“He’s a tight end. We’re able to do a lot of creative things with him, just like we’re able to do with a lot of our offensive personnel. I feel like with Sean Payton, with our offensive system and we gear towards putting those guys in the best position to succeed according to their strengths.  Jimmy Graham is six-seven, 270, he runs like a deer, he can jump and catch, he’s so strong and physical, he plays with great fire and passion, he can play the line, he can split out.” -Drew Brees"

Perhaps we’re supposed to buy into this ‘manufactured drama’ here, but it’s hard to deny that the relationship between Brees and Graham is nothing but respect.

Jimmy Graham may be a tight end in name only. As per Pro Football Focus, Graham lined up as a tight end on 33 percent of the time in 2013. Maybe in the next few decades, we’ll see an evolution of position changes in the NFL that produce a ‘flex’ or ‘hybrid’ spot. However, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) leaves room for interpretation, with that little extra part.

"for players at the position, within the categories set forth at which he participated in the most plays during the prior League Year"

Again, this is all speculation at this point, because a deal can still be done before it even comes to a franchise tag for Jimmy Graham.

What do you think? Was Brees out of line? Should he be talking about Graham’s potential pay-day?

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