Monday, July 30, 2012

Bills WR Graham's role: 'Run fast and catch the ball'


Bills rookie T.J. Graham is a speedy wide receiver. So, his job description is pretty clear.

"Yeah, run fast and catch the ball," Graham told the media Sunday. "So I have been trying to do that the best I can. I am trying to learn the playbook so I can run as fast as I can and make the plays for the team."

Graham, who was drafted in the third round, is battling with a handful returning Bills for the No. 2 receiver position. 

While Bills coach Chan Gailey said Graham "has still got a lot to learn," he's fully taking advantage of his skill set.

"Not only working on the field, but he is giving it some thought," Gailey said. "And the thing we do is we give him some freedom. So if he will use his imagination and get out there and do the thing he does best as far as using his speed, the sky is the limit for the guy."

Graham has been diving head first into the playbook all offseason, trying to learn and absorb as much as possible so he can let his natural ability take over.

"The more I learn the plays the more I can just be myself and just make plays, Graham said. "So it is just me learning the offense and getting on the same page as the quarterbacks."

Graham's job early in the season should be to take the top off the defense with streak routes on the perimeter to open things up for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his repertoire of routes will expand as the season progresses.

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