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Rookie TE Jimmy Graham To Play Against Titans

According to, Coach Sean Payton has said that Jeremy Shockey will not be playing in Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, but the rookie, Jimmy Graham will see some action instead.

Graham, who hasn’t played since injuring his right ankle against the Patriots on August 12th, just returned to practice this past Monday. Coach Payton said of his return to the practice field,

“His first day back was decent. He’s a little rusty and still we have to be careful to not take a setback, but it was good to have him on the field.”

The 6’6, 260-pound tight end turned a lot of heads in training camp, some even referring to him as an unpolished gem. The Saints believe that they have found a very special player in Graham. They’ve really got to appreciate his versatility amongst other things. And his ability to contribute on special teams makes him just that much more valuable.

As a brand new member of the Miami Hurricanes in 2009, he played in thirteen games, mostly as a reserve tight end. Although he finished with only seventeen receptions for 213 yards, he scored on five of those catches. He also played a stint on special teams where he recorded a solo tackle and returned three short kickoffs 30 yards. As a blocker, he was credited with 30 knockdowns.

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