Well clarifying the trade, it goes like this:
Patriots get: Ashley Lelie
Broncos get: Daniel Graham and T.J. Duckett\
Falcons get: draft pick(s)
And I disagree on Graham. He and Crumpler are very similar players. Graham has been underused in New England as a receiver, but has very good hands. If anybody ever watched him play at Colorado, I'm sure can back me up on that one. The reason why Shockey went ahead of him in that draft because Shockey was more athletic and had a better frame, but Crump proves that you don't need that prototype 6-6/250 frame to be a good NFL tight end.
If Graham played for the Falcons, just like Crump he'd be reeling in 40, 50, 60 catches a season. If/when he goes to Denver and starts producing at that level, you'll see.
Graham suffers from the same thing that plagued Crump during the Reeves era, the coaching staff's unwillingness to explore his full potential as a receiver, rather instead relying on him to be fulfill his role as a blocker. He only caught 16 passes last year, because he was reduced to the role as primary blocking TE because the team wanted to give Ben Watson some more looks in the passing game. When he was the primary receiving TE teaming with Fauria (the blocker) he caught 68 passes & 11 TDs in 28 games. His performance vs. the Falcons last year: 5 catches for 119 yards and 1 TD should be a very clear indicator of his skill.
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