Graham: I’m earning my stripes

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham has played down suggestions that he is unhappy with his role after being targeted just twice during last week's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Graham admitted, though, that he was still adjusting to life with his new team following his surprise trade from the New Orleans Saints during the offseason.

"I'm doing what's asked of me," revealed Graham.

"I know my opportunities are going to come. I know my moments are going to come. And I know I'll be ready when they do come my way.

"This team runs the ball. Simple as that. We're not slinging the ball 60 times a game. And if we are, then that means we're in trouble. I'm just going to keep doing what's asked of me."

The 28-year-old was also quick to downplay any rumours of discontent and cited losses as the source of his frustration.

"It's a surprise to me," he said.

"I'm not really sure where all these articles started, especially since I said nothing to nobody. Usually, I figure, to write stories you've got to have some type of source, which should be me, and it certainly wasn't.

"I like to win, and I hate to lose, so frustration comes because we're 0-2. And we're a lot better than that."

Graham admitted that earning quarterback Russell Wilson's trust could take time and conceded he may have to be patient as he waits for his chance to make an impact in Pete Carroll's offense.

"I'm a tight end now, shoot," he said.

"I'm fulfilling that role, and it's been something that people have said a lot about towards me because I was split out so much and playing so much receiver. I'm a tight end now. I'm definitely earning my stripes."

"I tell Russ every day, it don't matter," Graham said.

"Sometimes, just throw it, because it just doesn't matter. That's just chemistry, and something that we've got to get comfortable with is, sometimes a guy or maybe some guys are there, and sometimes I'm going to make it happen."

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