Jimmy Graham is ready to prove his doubters wrong.
The 32-year-old tight end struggled in his first year with the Packers but told reporters this week he’s planning to have a bounce-back season in 2019.
“I’ve been focused and I’m ready to get this thing started, obviously,” Graham said, via the Wisconsin State Journal. “We have four more weeks here (in training camp), but I’m about as fired up as I’ve ever been to go and shut a lot of people up.”
Graham, a five-time Pro Bowl player, caught 55 passes for 636 yards and just two touchdowns in 16 games for Green Bay last season. He said he has been discussing his role with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“We’re always talking about the future,” Graham said. “On the field and off the field, talking about what’s next.”
Graham added he’s excited to play in Matt LaFleur’s offense. The Packers hired LaFleur in January after firing long-time coach Mike McCarthy following a Week 13 loss to the Cardinals.
“This is an offense where they match up a lot of formations, and the run to the pass. And for me, that’s all good,” Graham said. “And, they like to use the tight end quite a bit. I think we’ve got a dynamic group of tight ends and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young kids. I’m excited to see what we’re going to do this year. I really am.
“Everybody thinks I’m old and slow now, so, we’ll see what happens.”
The Packers will begin the preseason Thursday against the Texans.