Amid the Action: Graham out for season


Amid the Action

By Kainoa Deguilmo, sports editor

Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham is out for the season after tearing his patellar tendon against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 12. He went through surgery on Dec. 2 and head Coach Pete Carroll said he expects Graham to be back and ready for the 2016 season.

That is a major loss for Seattle because Graham provided them with an extra weapon on offense and was a target in the red zone for them.

Seattle got Graham from an offseason trade with New Orleans. This season, Graham has caught 48 passes for 605 yards. He had two touchdowns this year before getting injured.

In his spot, the Seahawks have Luke Wilson, Cooper Helfet, and Chase Coffman.

Luke Wilson, who seems like the most reliable backup, has caught 12 passes this season. He has 152 yards receiving on the season and one touchdown. Wilson averages 12.7 yards per catch with his longest reception of the season a 24-yard catch.

Cooper Helfet has not seen much action with Seattle this season with one catch for seven yards.

Chase Coffman, who Seattle recently signed, has four catches on the season for 42 yards. Coffman averages 10.5 yards per catch with his longest reception of the season at 16 yards.

While Seattle’s offense will be hurt, they still have some hope. Luke Wilson has shown and proven to the team that he can be effective at moving the ball down the field. I feel like he will be the one who replaces Graham.

Before Graham, he was starting on Seattle’s offense last year. He made crucial plays and helped Russell Wilson move the sticks. Despite the season-ending injury, Carroll said he “loves” Graham on the team.