Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saints Te Graham Poses Major Problem Steelers Notebook

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saints Te Graham Poses Major Problem Steelers Notebook

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is not catching as many passes for as many yards as last season, but he remains a big threat in the red zone.

Graham has 65 receptions for 670 yards, well off his career averages, but has a team-leading nine touchdowns. That is a big concern as the Steelers prepare to face the Saints Sunday at Heinz Field. Coach Mike Tomlin referenced the Steelers' problems defending pass-catching tight ends earlier this week.

Of the 19 touchdown passes completed against the Steelers this season, eight have been thrown to tight ends. Jordan Cameron of Cleveland, Owen Daniels and Crockett Gilmore of Baltimore, Greg Olsen of Carolina, DeWayne Allen of Indianapolis, Jace Amaro of the New York Jets and Chase Coffman of the Tennessee are tight ends who have caught touchdown passes against the Steelers.

Graham, who signed a four-year, $40 million dollar contract in the summer, is a former basketball player at the University of Miami. He was drafted in the third round by the Saints in 2010 and has become one of the league's top pass-catching tight ends.

Graham made news this summer when he argued he was a receiver and not a tight end in arbitration. The Saints won the arbitration case, but the team and Graham came to terms on a four-year, $40 million contract with $13 million of that guaranteed.

"He can do whatever," Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said. "He can play tight end or receiver. When you put on the tape, he does it all. You see the basketball style come out on the field. Guys know what he's about to run, but they can't stop him. He's just one of those gifted, talented guys you have to respect."

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