Packers news: Jimmy Graham returns to the practice field for Green Bay
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Packers TE Jimmy Graham returns to the practice field for Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers are hoping for a rebound in 2019, and they’ll need tight end Jimmy Graham to be a big part of it. The Packers had a tumultuous 2018 campaign where they missed the playoffs and were engulfed in drama the entire year.

The relationship between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy decayed to an unmanageable level, and eventually, McCarthy was fired. The offense didn’t perform anywhere near its potential, and Graham was a disappointment as well.

Graham has been dealing with a nagging finger issue recently, but fortunately, he appears to be over it. Graham returned to a full practice Tuesday, per Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com.

The Packers are set to kick off their season in just two days on Thursday Night Football against the Bears, and it’s good to hear that it looks like Graham will be a full-go.

Green Bay is going to be taking on the league’s best defense from last season, so they need all hands on deck. Graham was consistently one of the best tight ends in the league during his years with the Saints, but he has declined sharply the past few years.

Last season Graham caught 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns. Graham will turn 33 in November, but he’s shown that he’s still capable of playing at a high level when fully healthy.

The Packers drafted Jace Sternberger in the third round back in April, but they just placed him on injured reserve. As such, the Packers don’t have much else at the position and will be counting on Graham to play a significant role.