Jimmy Graham doesn’t draw many flags.
Despite being 6-foot-7 and seemingly having players draped all over him as he makes his way down the field, it is not believed Graham has drawn a pass interference penalty all season.
Looking back, Graham can’t remember drawing very many flags throughout his career.
“I’m sure it’s happened to me once or twice but it doesn’t happen to me often,” Graham said if he can remember the last time he drew a pass-interference flag. “That’s how it’s always been with me. There’s nothing you can do about it.”
Saints coach Sean Payton said he was unaware that Graham has not drawn a pass-interference penalty, and noted that he has drawn a few holding penalties, but said the current drought is atypical.
“At this point in the season you might have had at least one or two, so I would say probably, since he’s been in the league, by this point in the season he’s drawn one or two,” Payton said. “I don’t know specifically in terms of the holding. I think he may have drawn a few holding calls, (but that’s) different than a pass interference. Hopefully we get a couple.”
Payton lauds Vaccaro
Safety Kenny Vaccaro has received some heat for his role in the 51-yard reception the Saints surrendered against the 49ers on a fourth-and-10 play during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.
Those criticizing him feel that he lacked discipline on the play and that he was to blame for Michael Crabtree getting behind the Saints’ Cover 2 look. Instead of staying deep on the play, Vaccaro abandoned his post to cover tight end Vernon Davis, who got open over the middle.
While he wasn’t speaking specifically about the play, Payton said he believes Vaccaro is typically disciplined.
“I think he is pretty disciplined,” Payton said. “I think as a strong safety he’s, we feel like, a real good tackler and someone who supports well. I think the number one attribute you need to have in each safety is to be a good tackler and be physical and be able to support the run.”
Keenan Lewis might play Sunday against the Bengals. He also might not.
The Saints cornerback has officially been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Lewis suffered a left knee injury during last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
He has maintained throughout the week that he expects to play this week, but also noted the decision is not entirely up to him. Lewis practiced in a limited capacity Friday.
Running backs Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), Khiry Robinson (arm) and Edwin Baker (concussion) have been ruled out meaning that Mark Ingram, who is listed as probable with a shoulder injury, should be in line to receive the bulk of the carries this week.
Wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle) are questionable.
Linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and offensive tackle Zach Strief (chest) are probable.
The Bengals ruled out running back Giovani Benard (hip/clavicle) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee).