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Gilmore, Graham Look for Sophomore Success

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Buffalo: Gilmore, Graham Look for Sophomore Success
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore wants to be left alone on an island, but we're not talking about a vacation here.

The second year man has designs on becoming one of the best in the league at covering opposing receivers one-on-one.

He was pretty good as a rookie last season, usually assigned to battle the other team's top guy.

A new defensive scheme for the Bills under Mike Pettine could give Gilmore a chance to shine. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie both had great success in Pettine's system when he was with the Jets.

"Oh yeah definitely, I want to be better than them," Gilmore said. "But if you put me on an island that's what I like to do. I like to guard my man and play on him all game so that's what I'm gonna do. It's a great defense, we just trying to make plays out there. But we still got a long way to go."

A definite youth movement for the Bills at wide receiver heading into this season. There's veterans Stevie Johnson and Brad Smith, and not much experience beyond that.

With several rookies on the roster, you could almost consider second year man T.J. Graham a veteran. He didn't have a big impact last year, 31 catches and one touchdown. But Graham looked good in OTA's. He says he watched film in the offseason of guys like Johnson and Mike Wallace, now of the Dolphins. Graham's aim - to be the Bills number two wideout.

"Just building off where we ended last year, trying to get better," Graham said. "Should be making strides coming into year two. I just took it to heart in the offseason to make sure I became the number two beside Stevie, and this offense is helping me out and helping me show my talents."

"I've been very, very pleased with his performance and his results," head coach Doug Marrone said. "So I've seen a player that has been producing and has done more now than what I saw on tape. Now I'm looking forward to that converting when we put the pads on and we start playing."

Next up for the Bills, it's mandatory mini-camp starting June 11th, before they ramp it back up for training camp in late July.

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