2. The NFL rules Jimmy Graham is a tight end.
Is New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham a tight end or a wide receiver? Well the NFL has ruled that he’s designated as a tight end for the franchise tag. But is this fair? The recent trend of tight end use around the league is use them all over the place. They line up next to the tackle, in the slot, and spilt out wide.
Sometime the tight end lines up in the backfield as an H-back as well. But the NFL concludes that if the tight end is at least within 4 yards of the tackle, then they can still perform the functions of a tight end. I think Graham is a tight end. He performs more tight end duties than wide receiver duties, so I think that’s the determining factor.
And this ruling may come into play at some point down the road for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. Who showed a lot of potential ins rookie season last year.