The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a disappointing season in 2013, but they were outdone by the Houston Texans in almost every way when it comes to disappointment. The usually stout Texans were plagued by poor quarterback play and injuries on both sides of the football en route to a fired coach and a high draft choice, just like the Buccaneers.
But according to a report, one of the players the Buccaneers are looking to add to avoid a similar fate in 2014 comes with a chip on his shoulder after living through the difficult 2013 season in Houston.
TheBayCave.com is reporting via a source that the Buccaneers will be very interested in the services of Garrett Graham this offseason to help bolster their offense and provide depth and competition at tight end.
Graham finished the year with 49 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns last season, playing in 13 games and starting 11 of them. The former fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin set career highs in every statistical category, and provided a reliable set of hands with only three drops on 81 targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF didn’t give very favorable grades to Graham in 2013, but they did in 2012, where he showed positive moments as a run blocker and a pass catcher.
Much like the 2013 Bucs, it’s tough to judge the run blocking and pass catching ability of a member of the 2013 Texans given the incredible amount of ineptitude from nearly every player on the roster on their way to the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Graham is a reliable pass catcher with an ability and willingness to block, and that’s evident when watching him play in limited opportunities over the past two seasons.
And for the right price, he’d be a better-than-average addition to compete with and complement Tim Wright.