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McKelvin fares well at safety

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2015 – 8:51 am

He hadn’t played in a regular season game in almost a calendar year, then five days before his return to the field he was asked to line up at a different position, Leodis McKelvin took the assignment of playing safety last Sunday and ran with it. He and head coach Rex Ryan both reviewed the game film for a full assessment as to how McKelvin fared in the new role.

“I think first off the Buffalo Bills fans are very familiar with Leodis and the kind of heart and passion he plays with. It was just great to see it first hand,” said Ryan. “He made a phenomenal play on that swing pass. He was thrown in there playing out of position. He had never played safety. I don’t know the last time he had played safety. He just did a great job for us. This dude loves to play as you guys know. It was just a great opportunity to witness it and I thought he played well.”

McKelvin didn’t deny that there are some areas of his execution that could use some improvement, but after not playing for a year he thought things went relatively well.

“I played pretty good,” he said. “There were some things I can get better at as far as putting myself in better position or being in the middle of the field and reading the quarterback. Overall it was a good job and a good showing.”

Ryan is wholly familiar with the challenge of moving from corner to safety having done it with other players in the past, but he obviously felt McKelvin was capable of handling it. Counting McKelvin, Buffalo has three cornerbacks who have transitioned to safety in Aaron Williams and Corey Graham.

“It’s not an easy transition. It really isn’t,” said Ryan. “Number one you’ve got to physical and you’ve got to be tough. It’s different and you’ve got to be smart and all those guys possess those qualities.”

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Bills see unbeaten team as measuring stick

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 11:12 am

It’s a team that is rolling right now. The Cincinnati Bengals are one of five remaining unbeatens in the NFL heading into Week 6. The Bills know if they can hang with this team it’ll say a lot about their fortunes for the 2015 season.

“It’s a big game for us. They’re hot, they’re playing well. They’ve been where we want to get,” said Richie Incognito. “They’ve been to the playoffs the last four years and it’s a good measuring stick for us to see exactly where we’re at because we gutted one out in Tennessee. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to play, we got the win. So coming in and playing a hot team like this that is rolling on offense and has a very sound defense, it’s a good test for us.”

Safety Corey Graham is actually happy that the Bengals kept their unbeaten record intact last week when they came back from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Seahawks in Seattle 27-24.

“It’s good. I’m kind of happy that they won in Seattle and found a way to get a victory against Seattle,” Graham said. “To have an opportunity to go out there, especially as a defense and play against an offense that’s undefeated and a team that’s undefeated with an offense that’s playing well. That’s big for us.”

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Bengals Eifert a headache in the red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 10:15 am

The Cincinnati Bengals offense has taken off this season and many credit TE Tyler Eifert for being the piece that has put the unit over the top. Opposing defenses can no longer focus their attention on WR A.J. Green and just roll a safety over the top. They now need to account for Eifert, who has been carving up defenses in the middle of the field and the red zone.

Eifert has five touchdowns in five games, including two last week as Cincinnati overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit on the road at Seattle to win in overtime. The tight end makes catches in traffic and fights for the ball. He’s also someone Andy Dalton looks for in the red zone.

“He’s doing well. I saw the game from last week,” said Corey Graham. “He did really well last week. He’s running a lot of seam routes. He’s catching the ball well. He’s catching tough balls. He had some times where they were contested and he found a way to bring it down. Obviously as a quarterback when you’ve got more than one threat it helps you and Andy is getting the ball around to all his guys and they’re making plays for him.”

Eifert is a big reason why the Bengals are second in total red zone conversions with 16 touchdowns in five games.

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Graham moves into top 10 among safeties

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 12:35 pm

Bills S Corey Graham was the team’s leading tackler in Sunday’s win over Tennessee with 10. Graham had a tackle for loss, which is easier said than done for a safety. He also had a pair of special teams tackles to tie for the team lead Sunday. His performance has moved him into the top 10 among NFL safeties in Pro Football Focus’ tracking of week by week play in 2015.

Graham ranks 10th in the league among safeties when it comes to performance this season. He ranks fourth in tackles among safeties and is one of a handful safeties who has yet to miss a tackle according to PFF.

The veteran safety was instrumental in preventing intermediate gains by the Titans passing attack from turning into big plays. Tennessee had just two plays over 20 yards in the entire game. One covered 23 and the other 22 yards. Graham had the stops on both of those plays.



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McCoy questionable, Harvin, Graham probable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2015 – 1:17 pm

UBNS imageThe Bills got good news concerning Corey Graham’s status for Sunday’s game as he and Percy Harvin are probable for the game against the Patriots. LeSean McCoy however, is not as sure a bet for Sunday.

McCoy was limited for a second straight day of practice due to some hamstring tightness and soreness per head coach Rex Ryan. When asked what he thinks about McCoy’s chances he stuck to his familiar refrain.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that he’ll be able to play,” Ryan said.

McCoy had a good bit of work last week as he was on the field for 71 percent of the offensive plays and had 20 touches in the game. He has admitted he’s not in game shape yet since he missed the last three preseason games with the hamstring injury.

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Corey Graham, Percy Harvin updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2015 – 2:07 pm

UBNS imageS Corey Graham was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. Here’s how he thought things went.

“Feeling good,” Graham said. “Obviously, it’s been a few days now, I’m feeling better.  Getting better and better every day.  Just going through the concussion protocol and everything like that is really the main ting, but I feel good.”

When asked if he sees himself playing Sunday he answered in the affirmative, but realizes it’s not up to him.

“I definitely see myself playing, but I don’t know,” Graham said. “You know how it goes with the NFL protocol, you have to go through all these different steps and things like that. But so far everything has been very good, I just got to continue to work and continue to do things.”

Not participating in practice were WR Percy Harvin (hip), WR Marquise Goodwin (ribs) and LB Tony Steward (knee).

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Graham may contact CB turned S Woodson

Posted by Chris Brown on May 28, 2015 – 11:48 am

As we covered on, veteran DB Corey Graham will be lining up at safety throughout the 10 OTA sessions this spring in an effort to be ready to play safety if the defensive staff determines that’s where he can help the team the most. It may help that Graham’s favorite player as a young up and comer himself is Oakland S Charles Woodson, a player who made the corner to safety transition a successful one.

Woodson transitioned to the safety position in 2012 after 14 seasons at cornerback. He’ll be playing his 18th NFL season this fall with Oakland, his fourth at safety. Graham calls Woodson his favorite all-time player and has met him a couple of times, but did not have the courage to really bend his ear. Now as he undertakes the task of learning to play the safety position, he admits that a phone call to Woodson might not be a bad idea.

“I’ve only talked to him like two times in my life,” said Graham of Woodson. “I was at the Pro Bowl and his locker was right next to mine and I still I’m just that type of person that didn’t want to open up to him. He’s my favorite player and I didn’t even say too much to him other than little talk. It would be interesting to try to talk to him and pick his brain a little bit.”

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CB Graham to host football camp in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 9:00 am

Bills cornerback and Buffalo native Corey Graham will be giving back to his hometown this summer. Graham will be hosting a free youth football camp in Buffalo this summer.

The free camp will take place on Sunday June 20th, with fifth to eighth graders participating from 9 am – 12 pm and ninth to 12th graders participating from 1 pm – 4 pm.

The camp will take place at All-High stadium at Bennett high school at 2885 Main street in Buffalo with prizes and giveaways including a signed jersey. More information can be found here about the camp.

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4 Bills make PFF all division team

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2015 – 10:01 am

The film reviewers and stat crunchers at Pro Football Focus released their All Diviaion teams for the 2014 season. Four Bills made the squad. Two were expected, two others may have been a bit more under the radar.

Buffalo’s Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus both were named to the defensive line and Corey Graham and Dan Carpenter were the other two Bills honorees. Here’s what they wrote about Buffalo’s players and the seasons they had.

Edge Defenders: Cameron Wake (MIA) and Mario Williams (BUF)
Just another season for Wake who continues to be one of the premier edge pass rushers in the entire league. Williams benefitted by Buffalo switching back to a 4-3 and allowing him to play with his hand on the ground once again. He clearly still has a knack for getting to the quarterback, but his play in run defense was arguably the best of his career.

Defensive Interior – Nose: Marcell Dareus (BUF)
Dareus continues to improve and has become more consistent on a week-to-week basis. His 10 sacks received the most attention, but his work in run defense is where he really flourished.

Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis (NE), Corey Graham (BUF)
Unsurprisingly, Revis was again one of the best cornerbacks in football in his first year with the Patriots, making the PFF All-Pro team. Graham wasn’t even getting significant playing time in some games over the first half of the season, but he was easily the best in coverage for the Bills’ secondary. Opposing quarterbacks had a 57.0 QB Rating when targeting Graham, fifth-lowest among corners and only behind the likes of All-Pros Vontae Davis, Chris Harris Jr., and Richard Sherman.

Slot Cornerback: Kyle Arrington (NE)
Arrington shared duties in the slot, but was one of the best in the division. He allowed a reception once for every 12.6 snaps in coverage, the second-best rate in the division (Revis).

Kicker: Dan Carpenter (BUF)
Carpenter did not handle kickoff duties this year, but his work on field goals alone was enough to claim the spot. He hit on 34 of 38 field goals, including 6-of-8 from 50 and beyond.

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Big 3rd down play eats at Graham

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:57 am

The Bills had the Raiders in a 3rd-and-22 situation down by two points with five minutes to play. The offense had just finished a seven-play, 83-yard drive going with an up tempo, no huddle approach that was working. If the defense could get off the field, the offense needed only a field goal to take the lead on the scoreboard. It didn’t happen and it left veteran CB Corey Graham pointing at himself.

Derek Carr with no one open downfield initially left the pocket and moved to his right and uncorked a deep throw downfield for the tall and lanky Andre Holmes. Graham was right with him along the Bills sideline, but somehow Holmes wrestled the ball away from Graham to make a 51-yard reception at the Buffalo 30-yard line.

“It’s a big play. The ball was just thrown up for grabs, he just threw it up. If I could do it over, I would go for a pass breakup,” Graham said. “Instead I went for an interception and misjudged it, so it is on me. I think we did enough to win the game, if you take away that play. There were a lot of plays that didn’t go our way out there today. I’m not going to say one play (lost the game), but that was a big one.

“If I make that play, they punt the ball, we’re down two and we’re got an opportunity to win the game. I put it on my shoulders. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t hold them and we couldn’t find a way to get a victory.”

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3 Bills get PFF Pro Bowl recognition

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 10:37 am

They weren’t named to their starting Pro Bowl positions, but Pro Football Focus named three Bills players as reserves on their Pro Bowl roster.

Nigel Bradham, Corey Graham and Marcell Dareus all earned reserve Pro Bowl spots on the PFF all-star roster. Here was their assessment of the Bills’ trio at their respective positions.


Defensive Tackle
Starters: Aaron Donald (SL), Gerald McCoy (TB), Sheldon Richardson (NYJ) and Fletcher Cox (PHI)
Reserves: Ndamukong Suh (DET), Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve taken some of the guys balloted as defensive ends and slotted them here, given how they’re used as interior defenders. No big surprises — all of these guys make enough plays that it would be harder not to notice them.

Outside Linebacker
Starters: DeAndre Levy (DET) and Brandon Marshall (DEN)
Reserves: Thomas Davis (CAR) and Nigel Bradham (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve changed things around so we’re looking at those traditional 4-3 outside linebackers. Levy was an easy pick with a superb season as the Detroit defense dominated. Marshall has rightly got plenty of credit with a breakout year.

Starters: Chris Harris Jr. (DEN), Vontae Davis (IND), Darrelle Revis (NE) and Richard Sherman (SEA)
Reserves: Orlando Scandrick (DAL), Sean Smith (KC), Desmond Trufant (ATL) and Corey Graham (BUF)

Breakdown: One of the more controversial positions. Harris and Davis have had wonderful years, while Revis and Sherman have in different ways dominated against quality opposition. The more up-and-down nature of years by others left room for players in smaller markets (Graham) to make quite the impression and get backup duties.

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Graham: We’ve set the standard now

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 8:52 am

The Bills defense has played well all season long, but over the last two weeks holding both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without touchdown passes and picking off four passes has been downright unthinkable. We cover Buffalo’s defensive prowess in depth in our feature story on But veteran CB Corey Graham, who always believed this kind of play on their side of the ball was possible now says they’ve set a standard they have to meet every week moving forward.

“We have to obviously continue to play like that but once we do that, now the mark is set,” said Graham. “Now you got to expect that every week from everybody and that’s what we got to do. We’ve got to make sure we’re locked in and ready to go every week.”

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Corey Graham’s BOSE playlist

Posted by on December 13, 2014 – 12:47 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For this week, it’s Bills CB Corey Graham.  Check out the songs Corey will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Packers.


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Bills end Manning streak

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 1:45 pm

Buffalo’s defense had a solid performance Sunday holding a team that normally scores 35 points per game at home to 11 points below that average. They also brought an end to a consecutive games streak held by Peyton Manning.

Manning had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 51 straight games, but that streak came to an end Sunday as all three Denver touchdowns were scored on the ground by C.J. Anderson.

Manning shrugged off the end of the streak.

“I guess the touchdown streak, the consecutive games? That is something that—I’ve broken a lot of records and set a lot of records due to playing for a long time and playing well at times, but it’s never been something that I’ve been about,” said Manning. “So I don’t need to break or set another record. It was important to get a win. [RB] C.J. [Anderson] did a good job down there in the red zone, getting in there on those runs. Those are hard earned runs down there. It was good to improve our red zone.”

Corey Graham was glad they held Manning without a TD pass, but would’ve preferred they kept the Broncos out of the end zone altogether.

“It’s good,” said Corey Graham of holding Manning without a touchdown pass. “Obviously as a defensive group, especially DBs, you don’t want to give up any passing touchdowns so it’s good for us. But we’ve got to find ways for the defense to hold and stop them from scoring points completely.”

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Broncos had field position edge

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 12:50 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone thought going in that field position would be huge in their game with Denver and he was right.

The problem was Denver had the advantage for virtually the entire game. Both teams had 11 possessions in the game. For the Bills only two of their 11 possessions began outside their own 20-yard line. Those two possessions that began beyond their own 20 came off interceptions by Corey Graham and Stephon Gilmore. Both Graham and Gilmore actually returned the interceptions into Denver territory, but they were called back on penalty.

“Yeah it was frustrating,” said Graham. “Obviously you want to get points whenever you can. I was trying my best to get (to the end zone). It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to score points or that I wasn’t able to score points on that. But you’ve just got to keep playing.”

The two penalties on Buffalo’s interceptions wiped out 76 return yards and a drive start that could’ve been at the Denver 20 wound up at the Bills’ 40, and a drive start that could’ve been at the Denver 38 instead started at the Bills 26.

Meanwhile for Denver their two worst drive starts were their own 20 and own 25. They also had a pair of drive starts in Buffalo territory (not counting the third at the end of the game when Manning kneeled out the clock).

At the end of the game the average drive start for the Bills was their own 19. For the Broncos it was their own 42.

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Bills have leadership for December games

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 4:31 pm

They’ve played in meaningful December games before. Heck they’ve played in meaningful January games before. That’s the main reason why players like Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes and Boobie Dixon were signed by Buffalo in the offseason. With players that haven’t experienced being in true playoff contention on this roster, the Bills added veteran players capable of showing the way. Now they hope in the biggest December game for Buffalo in 10 years that the experience pays dividends.

“That was one of the things we talked about before I signed here,” said Corey Graham on the John Murphy Show this week. “They wanted guys with character and leadership who have played at the highest level. So everything was factored in when I was brought here. So I try to lead by example and help guys. I show the young guys how to study, prepare and hopefully win.”

Head coach Doug Marrone has noticed a change for the better in leadership this season in comparison to year one on his watch.

“We’ve brought in some players who have helped quite a bit. There’s been much better leadership from within the team,” Marrone told “So there are a lot of things that are going on from a positive standpoint that we need to continue to build on to make sure none of this adversity, whatever it may be, affects (our success).”

“It’s going to be a great challenge,” said Dixon. “These are the type of games you live for. You got the big dogs, the AFC Champions, going into their house, the crowd is going to be against you. There’s just so much motivation that goes into it. It’s one of those moments where you just sit back and say, ‘Ok, it’s here.  And then when its time on Sunday you go out there and let it go, lay out for your teammates, play hard until the end and see what happens.”

“It’s different. There is a little more on the line,” said Graham. “Games are a little bit more important especially for a team that prides itself on defense. It gets colder and teams can’t throw as much and so it favors the defensive teams and you look forward to those games. I’ve played in a lot of those games and it gets bigger and bigger as time goes on.”

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CB Graham eager to face Manning again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Appearing on the John Murphy Show this week, Corey Graham was asked by the Bills play-by-play man about the 2012 Divisional playoff victory by the Baltimore Ravens over the home standing Denver Broncos in overtime that propelled the Ravens to the Super Bowl where they won their second NFL title.

Murphy thought it might be Graham’s most memorable victory. Graham said it’s not even the most memorable game against the Broncos. He’s still smarting from the 2013 season opener against the Broncos, when as the defending Super Bowl champs they were embarrassed by Denver.

“The last time I played against Denver sticks in my mind way more than our Division playoff win. The last time I played the Broncos when I was with the Ravens it was opening night after we won the Super Bowl and (Peyton Manning) lit us up. He threw for like seven touchdowns. So that game hurts and it’s more memorable to me than anything.

“Coming off the Super Bowl year the way he humiliated us out there, I still feel a certain way and I can’t wait for the opportunity to go against him again.”

In the Divisional win over Denver, Graham had an interception return for a touchdown and had another INT in overtime to set up the game-winning score. It all means nothing to Graham.

“That game he did that to us last year, I can’t forget it,” said Graham. “It’s been on my mind all last year and all of this year. I just couldn’t wait for another opportunity to play against him. I remember that game more than the playoff game that we won.”

Graham says at age 38 Manning can still make all the throws like he always has, but it’s clear that Manning’s dismantling of the Ravens defense in 2013 is something he took personally and feels he has to make things right on Sunday.

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What Bills get with Graham in for McKelvin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2014 – 3:21 pm

Late last week we spelled out how with Leodis McKelvin out indefinitely that Corey Graham would be his replacement in the lineup. Now that it’s been announced that McKelvin is out for the season with his fractured ankle we compiled the numbers from their snaps at cornerback this season to see where Buffalo’s coverage would stand with Graham in the lineup. Here’s what we found.

Leodis McKelvin (551 snaps) leads the team with four interceptions, is currently the club’s third-leading tackler and is second on the team in pass breakups with eight. He also has allowed an opponent’s passer rating of just 79.2. Those are all very good figures. On the down side he did allow a pair of touchdowns, a catch percentage of 69 percent and 179 yards after the catch.

Corey Graham (316 snaps at CB) is the team’s fourth-leading tackler and is first on the team in pass breakups with nine. He has allowed an opponent’s passer rating of 56.1, which is fourth best in the NFL. He’s permitted a catch percentage of just 45.7 percent, good for fifth-best in the NFL. He’s allowed just 49 yards total after the catch.

So it doesn’t appear as though the Bills will be losing much at all at the left cornerback position with Graham now in the lineup full time. In fact they look to be making gains in some categories.

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Graham on fixing missed tackles

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2014 – 9:48 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone called Thursday night’s defensive effort one that had the most missed tackles that he’s seen in one game and his players did not disagree. Veteran cornerback Corey Graham offered his thoughts on how to address that problem and get it corrected.

“You’ve just got to get back to the fundamentals,” he said. “You do tackling drills all the time. Sometimes you get too high in your technique and things like that and you get careless and that’s how you miss tackles. Some guys are just trying so hard and running so fast that it’s hard to stop (and break down), things like that. But you’ve just got to get back to the basics. You can’t miss tackles in this league and you’ve got to get the guy down when you have the opportunity. That’s what we have to work on and get better at.”

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Crossman: Veteran additions grew the culture

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2014 – 5:38 pm

He wanted veteran core special teams players as part of his four main special teams units (kick return, kick coverage, punt return, punt coverage) after a trying first year of running Buffalo’s special teams. Now halfway through his second season as Bills special teams coordinator, Danny Crossman is pretty pleased with the growth in team culture on his special teams squad.

Crossman credits players like Boobie Dixon, Corey Graham and Brandon Spikes for convincing younger players of the value of special teams to the outcome of games. It quickly emboldened incumbent special teamers like Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley, Ty Powell, Duke Williams and Ron Brooks to take on more of a lead by example approach for the new arrivals on the roster. Soon the importance and commitment to special teams play reached critical mass.

“The plan up to this point has worked. We’re excited,” Crossman said. “The guys we brought in for leadership as well as performance have done both at a high level. The biggest thing is that leadership. I think some of the other guys have stepped up who were here a year ago and some of the new younger guys that we added this year. Right from the get go they’ve been brought into that culture of what our expectations are and not only coach driven, but player driven. Anytime you get that you’re going to be successful.”


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