Bills DB Corey Graham playing safety during OTA practices
BuffaloBills.com is reporting that Corey Graham is embracing the safety position in the hopes of making a transition that will allow him to lengthen his NFL career.
“Charles Woodson is my favorite player,” said Graham of the 18-year veteran, who moved from cornerback to safety. “I’ve watched him my whole career. Obviously the move to safety now I have an opportunity to do some of the things he’s done. When I was in Chicago he was in Green Bay so I watched him a lot. He played nickel, I played nickel. I studied his game a lot and focused on him, so it means a lot to me seeing what he was able to accomplish. I feel I’m a smart person so I should be able to pick it up.”
With the investment made in the draft in second-round pick Ronald Darby and the presence of Ron Brooks, Ross Cockrell and Nickell Robey on the roster the Bills have depth at the cornerback position.
This is a change that Graham seems to be embracing:
“It’s totally different. It’s nothing like corner,” he said. “To me corner is totally different. You’re in press (man) a lot of times. You’re on an island. Safety you’ve got to take better angles. You’re in the run fits a lot. You’ve got to help out and stay in the middle of the field. You’ve got to be disciplined. You’ve got to be smart and get everybody aligned. So it’s a lot more thinking at safety, but corner is a lot harder to actually play.”