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NFC West Q&A: How does Jimmy Graham change things for Seahawks' offense?

Today's question: How do you think Jimmy Graham changes things for the Seattle Seahawks' offense, and how do you think your team will try to stop him?

Josh Weinfuss, Arizona Cardinals: No offense to Seattle’s wide receivers, but Graham gives the Seahawks a Big Three of their own -- quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and Graham. Even though Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin combined for 1,362 yards last season, adding Graham gives Wilson a game-changing option on every down. Tight ends haven't been a featured part of the passing game in Seattle recently, but Graham may just become Wilson’s top target. That will be an issue for the Cardinals, who have struggled against tight ends -- including Graham in 2013, when he caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Deone Bucannon, who was drafted in 2014, has helped stem the tide against tight ends. The Cardinals cut the number of tight end touchdowns from 17 in 2013 to eight last season. In 2013, opposing tight ends had 97 catches for 1,227 yards. A year later, they caught 85 passes for 1,085 yards.

Nick Wagoner, St. Louis Rams: The Rams did well, limiting opposing tight ends to 67 catches for 714 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, which ranked tied for 10th, ninth and tied for second in the NFL in those categories, respectively. The Chiefs managed 68 yards from their tight ends against the Rams, which was the highest total the team allowed all season. As for Graham, the Rams have played against him three times and had a lot of success slowing him down. In those games, he’s combined for seven catches for 85 yards without a touchdown. The Rams have athletic linebacker Alec Ogletree and improving safeties T.J. McDonald and Mark Barron at their disposal. But it was Janoris Jenkins who shined against Graham when the Rams played the Saints in 2013. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will almost certainly mix up looks to slow Graham in 2015, but don’t be surprised to see Jenkins draw the assignment on occasion.

Paul Gutierrez, San Francisco 49ers: Adding Graham instantly makes the Seahawks not only the division favorites, but also the conference favorites -- which would mean, yes, the hated ones from the Pacific Northwest will be playing for a Lombardi Trophy in the Niners’ house. Swallow hard, faithful, though the Niners themselves probably gulped hardest when they saw this trade go down. The 49ers have no one, really, to defend Graham, though second-year defensive back Jimmie Ward and rookie second-round draft pick Jaquiski Tartt are candidates. But Graham plays more like a wideout, and Ward had his baptism by fire at the feet of Brandon Marshall last year, getting torched for three touchdowns. Another possible matchup, if for no other reason than to put a big body on Graham, would be the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Dontae Johnson, yet even he gives up 60 pounds and five inches to Graham. The Niners surrendered 74 catches to tight ends last year for 848 yards and nine touchdowns, which ranked tied for 21st, 20th and tied for 21st in the NFL, per ESPN Stats & Info, respectively. Graham figures to add to those woeful Niners numbers this year.