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Jimmy Graham’s first season in a Green Bay Packers uniform was less
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than stellar. The tight end J'Mon Moore Color Rush Jersey , who came over from the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent, was expected to provide a big impact in the middle of the field as a big-bodied receiving option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.That impact was muted. Graham caught 55 passes for 636 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per reception, and those numbers exceeded his 2017 totals in both yardage and average. However, Graham caught just two touchdown passes, down massively from ten such catches the prior year for the Seahawks. Furthermore, he went through stretches in which he was entirely a non-factor; although Graham caught a pass in all 16 games, he had two or fewer receptions six times and had just six games with four or more catches.Although Graham’s free agent contract paid him $13 million in the first year of the deal and scheduled out $30 million in total compensation over three years, the Packers could have had an out this season. APC broke down the team’s options for Graham last week: keeping him or cutting him one of two different ways. However, it seems that the Packers are moving ahead with Graham in their plans for the 2019 season.That report comes from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Tuesday afternoon. Although situations can change, Rapoport’s sources indicate that the team plans to keep Graham for at least one more year. Doing so will mean paying Graham a $5 million roster bonus shortly after the 2019 league year begins in March, and Graham will carry a salary cap hit of $12.67 million this season.The hope for Packers fans is that the new coaching staff under Matt LaFleur can help justify that cap hit and get more out of Graham than Mike McCarthy did. Under McCarthy, Graham was often used as an in-line tight end and asked to block. However, Graham’s ability and effort as a blocker are mediocre at best, despite his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame. In addition https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Nick-Perry-Jersey , two former Packers tight ends, Martellus Bennett and Marcedes Lewis, joked this offseason about McCarthy’s scheme being poor for true in-line tight ends to make an impact. Perhaps this, combined with casting Graham in that role, contributed to his so-so production as a receiver.The other possibility is that Graham’s physical tools are leaving him. He does not appear on film to possess the elite speed or quickness that made him so dangerous as a member of the New Orleans Saints early in his career. LaFleur will need to evaluate his abilities and put him in a position for him to succeed.If Graham fails to impress again this fall, the Packers would be able to move on easily prior to the 2020 season. His contract would carry just a $3.67 million hit on the salary cap for 2020 if the team were to release him then, and that would free up $8 million in cap space that year. For now, however, Graham appears to be in the Packers’ plans for the upcoming season. The Packers’ top pick in April’s draft didn’t rank highest in APC’s roster ranking among all rookies." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareSharePackers 2019 90-man ranking: How do this year’s rookies stack up?Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsOver the last two weeks, Acme Packing Company released our ranking of the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster. With the reveal of the top two players on Friday, our countdown was complete.However, this week we have a few other items to analyze about that breakdown. First up, let’s take a look at how the Packers’ eight-man draft class ranked individually, as the players did not finish in order of selection. In fact, the top two players were flipped, and there is another set of picks out of order later on.We’ll also take a look at a few of the top undrafted rookies in this year’s class. Draft Picks17. Darnell Savage Davante Adams Jersey , Jr., S (1.21)Though not the team’s first draft pick in April, Savage edged out Rashan Gary for the top spot among the 2019 rookie class. The primary reason is that he appears a bit more pro-ready — the transition from college football to the NFL looks like it should be a bit quicker for him than for Gary, who will need to learn the finer points of rushing from a two-point stance.Savage’s 4.36 speed will play well immediately, and he is the only rookie who lined up with the starters to start OTAs. Look for him to be a full-time starter from week one. T-18. Rashan Gary, EDGE (1.12)While Gary heard his name nine spots before Savage, we had him slightly behind the Maryland safety. Still, he has been drawing rave reviews from everyone in spring camp so far, perhaps most of all from outside linebackers coach Mike Smith. Edge rushers with his combination of speed, size, and athleticism are incredibly rare, and concerns about his lack of sack production in college have been alleviated by learning more about his role on the Michigan defense. Check out this Locked On Packers podcast with Michigan DC Don Brown for more on that.T-25. Elgton Jenkins, OG (2.44)A great college center, Jenkins is clearly a guard now in Green Bay, and he got some run with the starters during last week’s open OTA practice. He may not be a starter this year, but there’s a case to be made that he’s one of the Packers’ five best linemen today. In fact Josh Jones Color Rush Jersey , he narrowly missed out on that in our composite rankings, falling just two spots behind left guard Lane Taylor. Jenkins should provide valuable injury insurance across the interior of the offensive line before taking over a starting position no later than 2020.33. Jace Sternberger, TE (3.75)The Packers’ only pass-receiver pick in this year’s draft was Sternberger, who had a tremendous final collegiate season for Texas A&M. He ranked a few spots ahead of Marcedes Lewis, the veteran tight end, though Lewis will likely see more snaps this year in Matt LaFleur’s offense. What Sternberger brings is significant receiving talent, and the Packers would do well to sprinkle him in at the slot or H-back alignments as he learns to develop his in-line blocking skills.T-36. Kingsley Keke, DL (5.150)Despite going 75 picks after Sternberger, Keke comes in just three slots below him in our rankings. Hailed as one of the best value picks of the draft, Keke should slide in for 2019 as an interior rusher and primary backup for Mike Daniels at the three-technique position. Another terrific athlete for his size, Keke dropped weight to play on the edge as a senior but showed at the Senior Bowl why the 3-tech spot will be his best position in the NFL. Look for him to be an immediate contributor to the defensive line rotation as a rookie.45. Dexter Williams, RB (6.194)The second of the Packers’ two sixth-round picks gets the higher ranking here, as Williams comes in ahead of Ka’Dar Hollman. Perhaps it’s the fact that Williams almost looks like a carbon copy of Aaron Jones in the running game that gets him the spot; the two both have quick feet and are explosive with good vision — possessing all the traits one would want for a zone running game. Williams also showed some decent receiving ability, so he should make for a great option to relieve Jones when the team is not looking for a change of pace (which Jamaal Williams should provide).51. Ka’Dar Hollman, CB (6.185) Although Hollman comes up a bit short of the player drafted after him, his speed and his story are both impressive. Working his way up to scholarship after having no D-I offers https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/David-...ari-Jersey , Hollman harnessed that sub-4.4 speed and became an excellent cornerback at Toledo. He’ll likely be fighting for special teams snaps this season, but a gunner with the ability to step in on defense in a pinch will have value on this team.56. Ty Summers, ILB (7.226)The Packers’ final pick gets the last spot among the draftees, but Summers might be underestimated here. He’s another great athlete who will be called upon for special teams contributions immediately, but there are opportunities next to Blake Martinez on defense. Summers should get a chance to compete with James Crawford for the primary backup inside linebacker role, and he could even end up giving Oren Burks a run for his money in the starting lineup.Top UDFAs63. Curtis Bolton, ILB67. Yosh Nijman, OT70. Randy Ramsey, EDGE72. Greg Roberts, EDGE76. Manny Wilkins, QBOf the Packers’ rookies, these five were ranked as our top options. Bolton is a bit undersized, but he’s a great athlete who would fit in nicely as a special teamer and weak-side inside linebacker. Nijman posted one of the best offensive tackle workouts in history when adding his Pro Day 3-cone to his Combine results, and he would be a no-brainer stash on the practice squad if he doesn’t show enough to quite make the 53. Ramsey and Roberts bring production and athleticism to the pass rush, while Wilkins was a wily quarterback with consistent college production who could be groomed as a decent backup.
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