Tight end Jimmy Graham was still playing at Miami (Fla.) the last time the Patriots and Saints met, but he’s been a key contributor in his time with New Orleans, especially this season.
Considering how heavily the Patriots’ last two opponents have relied on tight ends, it figures to be an area the Saints will look to exploit during Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium.
Through five games (all wins), Graham has caught 37 passes for 593 yards (16.0-yard average) and six touchdowns. He’s on pace to set career highs in all of those categories.
“Jimmy Graham and [quarterback] Drew [Brees] have a real timing and relationship there,” Matt Patricia, the Patriots defensive coordinator, said Tuesday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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