As you know, Jimmy Graham went down last season with a torn right patellar tendon injury. Many experts have said Graham may never be the same player again. But players like Graham don't give up, according to ESPN710’s Danny O’Neil he took his first step towards getting back on the field as he was activated from the active/PUP list on Wednesday.
It has been only eight months since Graham was injured but it looks like he will be ready to go in Week 1 of the regular season. There are going to be high expectations on Graham from fantasy owners, especially with his track record. But he isn’t someone who should be drafted as a starter for Week 1. He is someone to have on the roster to plug in when it is well-known that he is completely healthy but other options should be explored for your starting tight end.
Graham could come back and be a dominant tight end again but it should be noted that he wasn’t experiencing the same success in Seattle that he was in New Orleans. This could change with Marshawn Lynch now retired and Thomas Rawls having some injury issues of his own. Graham and Russell Wilson will need to continue developing a rapport with each other but a healthy Graham has the potential to have 6-8 touchdowns and around 750 receiving yards in 2016. An option like Coby Fleener or Zach Ertz in later rounds while Graham is taken a couple rounds later is a solid draft plan that should help lead owners to the promise land and a fantasy championship.