ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — As the Bills added to the roster in the offseason, they probably didn't have to do much convincing for Corey Graham to come to Western New York. After recording a career-high four interceptions with Baltimore last season, Graham, a Buffalo native and Turner Carroll high school product, signed as a free agent and headed home.
"It's been amazing. To have an opportunity to come back here, be with my friends and family, play in front of them," Graham said following OTA practice on Tuesday. "I don't even know what it's going to be like when the games come, but I'm looking forward to it and it should be fun."
Leading up to to gameday Graham has a lot to learn as the Bills install a new scheme under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. He's versatile enough to play either corner or safety, and he's not even sure where they'll put him. But he's willing to do whatever it takes to help improve the Bills defense.
"It's coming along well. Guys are starting to pick up the defense, especially me. I'm starting to figure out exactly what's going on, where guys are going to be and I think we've got a chance to be special," he said.
Graham knows something about elite defenses. He was a part of the vaunted Ravens' unit and won a Super Bowl two seasons ago. He sees similar potential in the Bills defense.
"It's up there. When you've got a great D-line the way we have here, when you've got great linebackers and you've got potential. Guys that are really out there to play man-to-man in the secondary, you've got a chance to be special.
"We've just got to come together as a team, go out there, play together, learn where everybody's going to be. I think we can be right there or even better."