Inside The Bills

Why Graham’s making progress

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2012 – 10:23 pm

When he was drafted even his head coach called him a raw receiver. But rookie T.J. Graham has made noticeable progress with his game early in training camp for one simple reason, hard core studying.

“As a 23-year-old with a lot of free time, I spend most of it just studying what I have to do because I know in order for me to play well and contribute this season I had to learn the plays in order for me to run as fast as I could,” said Graham. “Even going back to rookie mini-camp and OTAs, just not knowing the plays forced me into not running as fast as I could. I knew I had to learn the plays so I could be comfortable and run a lot smoother.”

When asked just how much studying he’s done with respect to the playbook and film, Graham wasn’t shy about admitting he’s been practically living with his playbook under his arm. But it’s paying off.

“A lot more than probably the average person,” he said. “I always wanted to come in and contribute really early so I kind of had to pull my weight. There are a lot of temptations that make you want to go out at night or just go have fun during the summer. But I would just stay in and study.

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