Friday, July 12, 2013

Bills' T.J. Graham trying not to be so skinny


T.J. Graham has carried around the title of "speedster" since coming out of N.C. State last year thanks to his 4.34 40-yard dash time. And also thanks to his frame.

While the majority of NFL wideouts eclipse 6 feet and are heavier than 200 pounds, Graham is currently listed at 5-11, 188. (photo: kdoebler@att, Flickr)

This offseason, he's looking to change that. Graham recently told The John Murphy Show that he's been working with Bills strength and conditioning assistant Dan Liburd to add some bulk via weight training and a specific diet.

“I try to keep my weight up to combat the bigger corners, like Stephon (Gilmore)," Graham said, via "They get a hand on you, they push you about five yards out of the way. If you can counteract that with a little more weight, maybe get pushed two-three yards outside, then you can get back into your route.”

If things pan out for Graham, he won't have to worry about just going against Gilmore. He'd probably like to be more concerned with cornerbacks from other teams.

In order to get there, in addition to sizing up, Graham will need to work on his route-running and put behind him the mental mistakes that continually costed him playing time in his rookie season. He'll also have to battle through a young stable of hungry wideouts in order to maintain a dose of meaningful playing time.

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