After re-signing with the Texans Garrett Graham is the veteran tight end on the team.
Starting tight end Owen Daniels was lost for the season in Week Five after fracturing his fibula. Graham became the starter until he was also placed on injured reserve and missed the final three games of the season. But during his time as the starter he made an impact on the Texans and on their rookie tight end Ryan Griffin.
“What hasn’t he taught me?” Griffin said quickly when asked what Graham has done for him during his first NFL season. “He taught me how to be a pro, how to play week in and week out in the NFL.”
Griffin became the team’s number one tight end during the last three games of the season with Graham out. 15 of Griffin’s 19 catches came during the final month of the season as well as his one touchdown. At 6’6” and 254 pounds, the sixth round pick has potential. Former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said during last season he believes Griffin can put on more weight and still remain just as fast. Even with his success in limited action, Griffin knows he still has a lot to learn from Graham.
“He’s a great teammate,” Griffin said of Graham. “I’m looking forward to doing great things together here.”
Graham, who Wednesday signed a three-year 11.25 million dollar contract, finished third on the Texans in catches (49) last season, just three receptions behind rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Graham also tied for the team lead in touchdown catches (5) with Andre Johnson.
New head coach Bill O’Brien has a history of using multiple tight end sets within his offensive scheme. With the Texans cutting veteran tight end Owen Daniels, for now it’s Graham and Griffin possibly on the field a lot together next season.