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Jimmy Graham reportedly unhappy with role in Seahawks offense


The Seattle Seahawks obviously have bigger fish to fry after dropping to 0-2 following a 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but it should concern the team that reports indicate one of their star players is unhappy with his role.

One of the sources of the team’s early season failings arguably has something to do with how Jimmy Graham is being underutilized on the offensive side of the ball. And now there is a strong suspicion that the lack of involvement is causing the team’s new marquee tight end some unhappiness and frustration.

NFL Media’s Michael Silver intimates Graham “clearly wasn’t thrilled” after only making one catch for 11 yards in the loss, and his reasoning stems from how the tight end, “normally a cooperative and amiable interview subject,” didn’t speak to reporters after the game, instead leaving the locker room with his head down wearing headphones. It is suggested that Graham is avoiding the media because he’s concerned what he might say about his frustration.

In two games with his new team, Graham has been targeted only 10 times, well below the frequency of what he was accustomed to during his time with the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints. In total, he has seven receptions for 62 yards in Seattle’s two losses, and it’s likely the Seahawks would enjoy far more success if offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterback Russell Wilson figure out how to get the football in his hands more often.

Granted, it’s possible that opponents are game-planning to make Graham less of a threat. But that was likely the case as well in New Orleans, and he still put up huge numbers practically on a weekly basis.

Regardless of the extent to which defenses are working to limit Graham’s impact on the offense, the Seahawks have to figure out a way to get the dynamic tight end more heavily involved. Their season may depend on it.