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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; NFL players got the vote wrong by ranking Graham seven spots higher than Gronkowski. Graham finished as the 14th best player -- and the No. 1 tight end -- in the league. Gronkowski was 22nd overall and No. 2 at ...

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Graham is not better than Gronkowski

NFL players got the vote wrong by ranking Graham seven spots higher than Gronkowski. Graham finished as the 14th best player -- and the No. 1 tight end -- in the league. Gronkowski was 22nd overall and No. 2 at his position.

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Old 06-24-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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Graham will have a longer NFL life then Gronkowski
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Graham is severely over-rated. He's merely an average run of the mill TE that benefits from a QB like Brees. Yep, borderline jouneyman TE.

He should accept an average contract like that from us next year too. No need to ask for a zillion dollar contract Jimmy, you aren't all that special. Yep, you're not that special Jimmy. Sign for a couple million / season...PLEEEEEEEEEZE?
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:00 AM   #5
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The guy makes a pretty fair point. They are a little different players hower, just as stated in the article, but both really good in their own ways.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:48 AM   #6
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To me, Gronkowski vs Graham is like arguing Brees vs Stafford ... the first guy is a record-setting, polished veteran and the second guy is right behind him, making headlines with a bright future ahead, but not quite ready to take the #1 spot ... yet.

I'd take either one on my team, but if I had a vote, it would be Gronkowski #1/Graham #2 ... for now.
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They have the same experience
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:54 AM   #8
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Graham is more athletic, faster, has better hands, and jumps higher*

Just because gronk had better stats doesn't mean he's the better
TE. Chris Johnson had over 2000 yards in 09 and look at'm now
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Stats definitely don't tell the whole story, but even if they did, c'mon... Jimmy broke Kellen Winslow's record and then Gronkowski Passed him by about what, 10 yards later that day? The only area where Gronk was fairly significantly ahead was in TD's. That's only because every time the Patriots got in the red zone, or near it, they were throwing to him. You never had to wonder who the first target was. It was always going to be him, and if someone else ended up with a TD it was only because Gronk was probably triple teamed. The beauty of our offense is we have so many polished weapons, Brees can pick and choose.

But all stats aside, the most dynamic playmaking TE I saw last year was Jimmy Graham. He might not be a polished blocker, but he now has just three combined years of playing football in his entire life. Give him a break, he'll get there. Though I think Gronkowski is a total moron, he's a good player, I'll give him that. But he unquestionably benefits from a TE oriented system, whereas we're more wide open and thus get more out of everyone.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
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Bout 30 seconds in is just one reason graham is better. That and his 4.5 speed compared to gronks 4.65-4.7
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