Jimmy Graham turning heads in OTAs

Splashy off-season acquisition Jimmy Graham made up for lost time during the Seahawks' recent OTAs, demonstrating the combination of size, athleticism and hands that suggest he'll be every bit the matchup nightmare general manager John Schneider was hoping for when he made the trade with the New Orleans Saints.

Any question about the on-field rapport between Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham vanished this week as the duo hooked up repeatedly during redzone drills during OTAs, SeahawkFootball.com has learned.

Graham, acquired via a trade with the New Orleans Saints, was characterized as "unstoppable today" from one team source, as the All-Pro tight end consistently was able to use his height, leaping ability and hand-eye coordination to beat Seattle's defenders for big plays, including touchdowns.

Following Tuesday's practices, Seahawks' offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell couldn't help but gush about his newest toy.

"It's really cool," Bevell said. "We missed him a couple of days when he had to go down south (for a funeral). But it's good to see him out here. You could see him show up in the ways that we're hoping he's going to be able to. It's really cool. The sky's the limit for us right now.

"His size is tremendous. With how tall he is, he's got a great catch radius, he can leap up and catch the ball, he's flexible enough that if you throw a back-shoulder throw, he can get back there and get those as well. We're excited to keep playing with it and see what we have."

What Bevell and the Seahawks may have is the league's most fearsome three-headed red zone monster in Wilson, Graham and, of course, Marshawn Lynch. The trio could be especially dangerous should the Seahawks elect to be aggressive inside the five-yard line, including during potential two-point conversion attempts. Given Wilson's agility, instincts and the relationship that he and Lynch have formed on the read-option, opponents could struggle to handle Seattle's running game while also dedicating the two defenders it likely will take to slow down Graham, who at this point looks like a strong favorite to lead the Seahawks in not only touchdown catches but receptions and receiving yards, as well.

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