BOSTON (CBS) – New Orleans Saints three-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham stopped by the Gresh & Zolak table Friday afternoon in Phoenix on Radio Row, as part of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s continuing coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
Trying to get some insight into the Rob Gronkowski matchup, Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak were curious to hear from Graham how Seattle has covered him throughout his career.
“Clearly you know how amazing a player Rob Gronkowski is. It’s been amazing watching him throughout my career and seeing how he’s kind of risen, and really dominated this sport,” Graham told Gresh & Zo.
“The Seattle defense, what they did with me was anytime I was in a three-point stance they looked to jam me at the line, and that was either with a defensive end or with a big safety. They looked to make it difficult for me to get off the ball, which messes up the timing with me and Drew Brees.
“And then when I was split out, they put Richard Sherman on me. So Richard Sherman would be right on me, jamming me man-to-man. That creates, again, that timing aspect. The few times that I was split out on a linebacker, they always had safety help over the top. So, in all ways, they’ll play you man as far as the tight end goes, but behind it it’ll be complete zone. As a tight end you have to be able to read if it’s man or zone, because it’s a weird look.”
Listen below for Graham’s full explanation:
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