Guess Jimmy Graham's pain management of his foot is getting better. He played much more frequently than he did last week. His ability to play this much consistently for the Saints may not hold up, but even if he's on the field part-time, he's a better play than almost any other tight end.
The Cowboys were trying to figure out ways to involve Jason Witten more often heading into Week 9. The Vikings' defense was a ripe opportunity to test it. Look for more of this as he becomes a safer start down the stretch.
The three most-targeted tight ends over the last four weeks: Jordan Reed (35), Rob Gronkowski (32) and ... Scott Chandler (27). Even with EJ Manuel (knee) possibly returning, Chandler should continue being heavily involved. Unfortunately, he has only hauled in 12 of those passes that came his way for 116 yards, so you're asking a lot to start him over more established options. Bye-week filler? Sure.
WAIVER WIRE: Andrew Quarless might see even more targets with Rodgers' injury as Seneca Wallace or someone else (Matt Flynn?) may check down a bit more. Quarless still won't be anything more than a TE2, even with Jermichael Finley (spine) still uncertain to play again this season.
WAIVER WIRE: Kyle Rudolph ranks fourth in that listing with 26, but his foot injury is expected to keep him out four to six weeks. Enter John Carlson, perhaps, as the Minnesota Vikings option to assume many of those targets. Christian Ponder's presence under center in theory helps the tight end position. Of course, given the erratic QB play, it's hard to bank on anybody improving with increased attention. Probably better off trying deep threat Cordarrelle Patterson.
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