- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week after catching nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. According to the NFL, Graham joins Shannon Sharpe and Alge Crumpler as the only tight ends to win Player of the Week multiple times in their careers. Graham previously won the award in Week 10 last year, when he caught seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons.
Graham just as easily could have won the award last week, too, when he caught 10 passes for a career-high 179 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he lost out to an equally-ridiculous outburst by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 2.
As we mentioned yesterday, Graham’s 313 yards over the past two weeks is the highest total by a tight end over a two-game span since Sharpe gained 314 yards in back-to-back games in 1996.