There’s no denying the spark between Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and tight end Jimmy Graham is at an all-time high.
After Graham went scoreless in Seattle’s first four games, Wilson has thrown to his red zone target for eight touchdowns in their last seven games, setting a franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end this season.
Wilson credits his offseason workouts with Graham, who had just eight touchdowns through his first 31 games with the Seahawks, as being essential to the pair’s elevated production.
“I think this offseason, we were able to really spend a lot of time together throwing,” Wilson said in a press conference on Thursday. “He came to LA and we got tons of training in then with a big group and then also just together as well. I think that individual time but also that group time was really crucial.
“Jimmy is arguably one of the best tight ends to ever play the game and so for the first two years, I thought we did good. We always have high expectations. We still have even higher expectations for the rest of the season, but the reality is that he got bumped and bruised and that was an unfortunate situation and so he really had a great offseason. He was really, really hungry. He worked every day and it’s always a joy to be able to play with great players like him.”
Wilson doesn’t deny the connection between himself and Graham is one-of-a-kind but says he hopes that he can continue building on that same type of chemistry with his wide receivers.
“Well the chemistry is great right now,” Wilson said. “It can’t get any better really. You want to keep it going and keep focusing on ways to get him the football and also same thing with Doug and same with Paul and Tyler and those guys.”