Found October 10, 2013 on Patriots Life:
                 Basketball players have become a huge success in the NFL as is Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers and more importantly Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. The University of Miami product has become an NFL phenomenon at 6"7 and 265 pound this tight end can move. This week the Patriots secondary will have chewed off all their fingernails by game time preparing for Graham and the Saints offense.For Pats fans there are three questions for the Pats matchup against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. The first being, will Graham go over 100 yards receiving? Second, will the Pats designate Graham as their "takeout" of the game player? Third and finally, will Talib be covering Graham most of the time? The answer: no, yes and maybe. The Patriots defense got its first taste of an elite tight end this season at Atlanta where Gonzalez went for 147 yards and 1 touchdown. Late in the game the Pats saw how to slow him down, jam him at the line. That's ex...

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Fantasy: Top 25 tight ends for Week 6 (standard)

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