At this time last year, Graham was rehabbing from a ruptured patellar tendon injury. Pete Carroll said at the owners meetings that he expects the extra offseason work to pay off for the Seahawks tight end.
"Jimmy’s in no pain," Carroll said. "He feels the best he’s felt in years. He’s in great shape. He’s already able to do everything he can think of. He’s working with Russell in the offseason. He’s throwing and meeting with him and working on stuff, which he couldn’t do any of that last year. He couldn’t run until we were into camp. So those kinds of guys, you can expect them to take a big step forward."
Graham, who is entering the final year of his contract, returned for the start of the 2016 season and finished with 923 receiving yards, third-most among NFL tight ends. He led all players at his position with a yards-per-reception average of 14.2.
But there's still plenty of room for improvement. Graham had just six red-zone receptions last season, and the Seahawks finished 23rd in red-zone efficiency, averaging 4.54 points per trip. The coaching staff needs to do a better job of featuring Graham in the red zone in 2017, especially now that he's expected to be fully healthy.
As for Wilson, he's hoping to position himself to bounce back after a season that was characterized by three different injuries.
"He's been with a bunch of other guys throughout, and so it's working out great, and he's just trying to get himself in the best shape that he's ever been in, which is no surprise for any of us," Carroll said.
"Just to continue to cross-train and always work on his speed is something that we've always talked about, keeping him fit and fast as possible."