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Daniel Graham
TE #89
Height:
6-3
Weight:
257
College:
Colorado
Hometown:
Denver, Colo.
Experience:
11
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 148 224 2,490 11.1 16.8 48 25 41 3 122 3
2012 NO 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 2 25 12.5 1.6 21 1 1 0 2 0
2010 DEN 16 18 148 8.2 9.3 28 0 3 0 5 1
2009 DEN 16 28 289 10.3 18.1 24 1 3 0 14 0
2008 DEN 16 32 389 12.2 24.3 28T 4 8 0 20 0
2007 DEN 15 24 246 10.3 16.4 28 2 3 0 12 0
2006 NE 12 21 235 11.2 19.6 29 2 3 0 12 1
2005 NE 11 16 235 14.7 21.4 45T 3 4 2 9 1
2004 NE 14 30 364 12.1 26 48 7 6 1 20 0
2003 NE 14 38 409 10.8 29.2 38 4 8 0 21 0
2002 NE 12 15 150 10 12.5 31 1 2 0 7 0
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 148 18 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2012 NO 6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 DEN 16 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DEN 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 DEN 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 DEN 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2003 NE 14 2 0 2 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002 NE 12 4 4 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 148 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2012 NO 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2010 DEN 16 1 0 0 1 -- 0 -- -- 1 0 0
2009 DEN 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2008 DEN 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2007 DEN 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2006 NE 12 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2005 NE 11 1 0 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2004 NE 14 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2003 NE 14 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2002 NE 12 -- -- 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 -- -- --

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NFL CAREER – Graham is in his 11th NFL season and his first campaign with the Saints. The former Mackey Award recipient spent the 2011 season with Tennessee. He started his career in New England, where he helped the Patriots to victories in Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003 season) and Super Bowl XXXIX (2004 season). The 6-foot-3-inch, 257-pound tight end is a physical presence on the line of scrimmage and will be relied upon to open holes for the Saints’ rushing attack.

NFL CAREER – Graham is in his 11th NFL season and his first campaign with the Saints. The former Mackey Award recipient spent the 2011 season with Tennessee. He started his career in New England, where he helped the Patriots to victories in Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003 season) and Super Bowl XXXIX (2004 season). The 6-foot-3-inch, 257-pound tight end is a physical presence on the line of scrimmage and will be relied upon to open holes for the Saints’ rushing attack.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans, 9/5/11; Waived by Titans, 6/12/12; Signed by Tennessee Titans to a three-year contract, 7/31/11; Released by Denver, 3/2/11; Signed by Denver Broncos to a five-year contract, 3/7/07; Placed by Patriots on injured reserve, 12/24/02; Signed by New England to a five-year contract, 7/22/02; Originally picked by the New England Patriots in the first round (21st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

2011 – After joining the Titans, appeared in 16 games with seven starts and caught two passes for 25 yards with one TD…Caught first pass of the season and as a Titan on a fourth quarter, four-yard TD grab with 4:24 left vs. Denver, Sept. 25 to give Tennessee a come-from-behind 17-14 win. 2010 – Served as a team captain…Started all 16 games and amassed 18 catches for 148 yards…At Jacksonville (9/12), hauled in two receptions for 36 yards…At Tennessee (10/3), caught three passes for five yards…Recovered Laurence Maroney’s fumble late in the fourth quarter to sustain Denver’s drive that ended in Matt Prater’s 36-yard field goal. 2009 – Served as a team captain…Played all 16 games for the Broncos for second consecutive year, totaling 28 receptions for 289 yards (10.3 avg.) with one touchdown. Added one special-teams stop…Posted at least one catch in 14 games, including five contests with at least three catches…At Kansas City (12/6), caught two passes for 20 yards with a touchdown…At Philadelphia (12/270, recorded his 200th career reception…Against Kansas City (1/3), registered a season-high four receptions in the season finale. 2008 – Served as a team captain…Started all 16 games for first time and caught 32 passes for 389 yards (12.2 avg.) with four touchdowns, ranked fifth among AFC tight ends…Blocked for an offense ranked third in league in yards per rush (4.8) despite placing seven running backs on injured reserve…At Cleveland (11/6), grabbed three receptions for 50 yards with a TD...At N.Y. Jets (11/30), caught season-high six receptions for season-best 59 receiving yards. 2007 – Started all 15 games in first season with Broncos, totaling 24 receptions for 246 yards (10.3 avg.) with two touchdowns…Blocked for offense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per rush (4.6) and ninth in rushing (122.3 ypg.)…Inactive (ankle) for finale against Minnesota (12/30)…At Detroit (11/4), snared three receptions for 42 yards…Against Kansas City (12/9), posted three catches for 55 yards with a TD. 2006 – Served as an offensive captain and played 12 games with 11 starts, recording 21 catches for 235 yards (11.2 avg.) with two touchdowns…Added four catches for 64 yards (16.0 avg.) with one TD in three postseason games with two starts…At Cincinnati (10/1), hauled in four receptions for 34 yards and a TD…At Jacksonville (12/24), caught three receptions for 44 yards. 2005 – Played 11 games with nine starts and had 16 receptions for 235 yards (14.7 avg.) with three TDs…Saw time in both postseason games with one start, posting an 18-yard catch…At Atlanta (10/9), had career-best 119 yards on five catches (23.8 avg.) with a 45-yard TD…Inactive for five games…Against Indianapolis (11/7), posted five receptions for 41 yards, including a 31-yard TD. 2004 – Tied for the Patriots’ lead and tied for second among NFL tight ends with a career-high seven touchdown catches while placing fourth on the club with 30 receptions for 364 yards (12.1 avg.) in 14 games and 14 starts...Played in all three postseason games with two starts, finishing the playoffs with three catches for 16 yards for the Super Bowl XXXIX-champion Patriots. Caught at least one pass in the Patriots’ first six games, compiling 18 catches for 180 yards with five TDs during that stretch…Inactive for two games…Against Indianapolis (9/9), snared seven receptions for 57 yards and a TD in opener…At Arizona (9/19), hauled in two receptions for 21 yards with two TDs…Against Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX (2/6), started and grabbed one reception for seven yards in the victory. 2003– Played 14 games with nine starts and had career-high 38 catches for personal-best 409 yards (10.8 avg.) while tying for second on team with four touchdowns…Played in team’s three postseason games, including a start in Super Bowl XXXVIII…Against Cleveland (10/26), snared career-best seven receptions for 110 yards…Vs. Carolina in Super Bowl (2/1), hauled in four catches for 46 yards in the win. 2002– Played 12 games with six starts as a rookie, totaling 15 receptions for 150 yards (10.0 avg.) with a touchdown…Placed on injured reserve, Dec. 24…At Buffalo (11/3), earned Pepsi Rookie of the Week accolades when he made three catches for 68 yards.

COLLEGE – Finished his four-year career at Colorado with 106 receptions for 1,543 yards (14.6 avg.) with 11 TDs…Received the John Mackey Award (nation’s top tight end) and became the University of Colorado’s 25th consensus first-team All-America selection as a senior in 2001 after leading all tight ends in the nation with 753 receiving yards and six TDs…Ranked second among tight ends in the nation with 51 receptions as a senior while also receiving first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors…Majored in ethnic studies.

PERSONAL – A PrepStar All-American and chosen as a SuperPrep All Midlands team member at Thomas Jefferson HS in Denver…Earned the Randy Brewer Award, given annually by the school to its most inspirational player in honor of the school’s late coach…As a senior, made 33 catches for 741 yards (22.5 avg.) with six TDs while collecting 29 tackles (15 solo) with 12 sacks in seven starts at OLB…Graham’s father, Tom, played at Oregon (where he finished his career as the school’s all-time leading tackler) and professionally for the Broncos (1972-74) as a LB, where he saw time in 33 games (23 starts) during three seasons…Twin brother, Josh, played football at North Carolina and older brother, Phillip, played defensive back at Colorado State in the late 1980s…Lettered three times in basketball in high school, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds in six games as a senior…Owned a 3.2 grade point average in high school and received the Junior Class Academic Award (highest GPA of all juniors)…Born Daniel Graham on Nov. 16, 1978, in Torrance, Calif.

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