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SmashMouth 09-06-2012 09:42 AM

Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Even at age 33, after being abruptly released by the Tennessee Titans in mid-June, veteran Daniel Graham knew where he stood among NFL tight ends.

He knew job offers would come his way because of the shortage of good blocking tight ends with 10 accredited NFL seasons. But unless the right offer came along, he was prepared to call it a career after 224 catches for 2,490 yards and 25 touchdowns with New England, Denver and the Titans.

So, when the New Orleans Saints called his agent during a 7-6 exhibition loss to the New England Patriots the night of Aug. 9, Graham listened intently and, within days, signed a one-year contract.

On Thursday night, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Graham will come face-to-face with his old team in the final preseason tuneup for both teams.

“I didn’t want to retire, but I was close; I really was,’’ said Graham, a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2002. “I told my agent that if a team calls, a team that had a legit shot at winning the Super Bowl or going to the Super Bowl, I would play. I wasn’t interested going to a rebuilding team.

“This late in my career, I really wanted a chance to go back to the Super Bowl and get that Lombardi Trophy. So when the Saints called, I was excited. I know this is a good team, and this team has a really good chance of going and winning it all.’’

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westbankdaze 09-06-2012 10:20 AM

I wonder if defenses will get confused by which graham is on the field. Could be helpful lol

Crusader 09-06-2012 10:54 AM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
You can never get too many good blockers. Guys like this are always good to have on ST, big formations, runingdowns etc.

Mardigras9 09-06-2012 11:03 AM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
And with Drew you never know who the ball is going to anyway.

UK_WhoDat 09-06-2012 05:07 PM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by westbankdaze (Post 434765)
I wonder if defenses will get confused by which graham is on the field. Could be helpful lol

I wonder if ESPN will!

tommy582000 09-06-2012 11:42 PM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Fans won't get confussed. ESPN already is!

AlaskaSaints 09-07-2012 02:05 AM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Now we have Graham CRACKER...

And Graham CRACKER CRUMB.

LOL

Alaska

SmashMouth 09-07-2012 07:54 AM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
With two Grahams on the field... Enter the Graham Cracker Formation!

Utah_Saint 09-07-2012 08:15 AM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 435119)
With two Grahams on the field... Enter the Graham Cracker Formation!

And the S'mores package.

Rugby Saint II 09-07-2012 12:48 PM

Re: Tight end Daniel Graham carves out a block with New Orleans Saints
 
Jimmy won't have to worry about being called in to talk to coach.......oh, and bring your play book.


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