Bills Midway Awards: Most Improved Player

The Buffalo Bills have a few players that are playing better than they were in 2013. Which player has improved for the Bills most in 2014? Corey Graham. The cornerback/safety/special teams player has improved the most from 2013, when he played with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Buffalo Bills have quite a few players who are playing terrific football. You expect it from players like Fred Jackson, Cordy Glenn, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes and others, but which Bills player has shown the most improvement from last season?

Free agent acquisition Corey Graham gets the nod.

Last season, Graham played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played in all 16 games, starting five. Graham recorded 74 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions and 12 passes defensed in 705 snaps. Not bad by any means, but Graham has played cornerback at a higher level with the Bills, as well as a few other roles.

Graham played his high school football at Turner-Carroll High School in Buffalo, so this season is a bit of a homecoming for him. The cornerback has played in all eight games this season, starting in three of them. In 354 snaps, Graham has 40 total tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed.

Pro Football Focus currently has Graham as the fifth best cornerback in 2014. He has a +7.3 grade at the analytics site with a +6.5 grade in coverage (Subscription Required). He’s been thrown at 28 times in 2014 with 12 passes being completed (42.9 completion percentage) for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Graham is having an outstanding season at cornerback, but his versatility has also benefitted Buffalo. The Bills have had injuries of various degrees at safety, and Graham has filled in at both free safety and strong safety for the team. He may continue to see time at safety with the Bills only having three full-time safeties on their roster. Graham has also played on special teams for the Bills this season. He’s recorded three special teams tackles this season on a unit that is playing significantly better than in 2013.

The Bills will need Graham to continue his high play at cornerback, safety and on special teams in the second half of the season.


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