The Ravens signed Corey Graham before the 2012 season with the hope that he'd help improve the inconsistent special teams play from the previous season. That worked out just fine.
But Graham also wound up helping in the defensive backfield, stepping in at cornerback in the second part of the season when injuries to players like Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith really hurt the Ravens. Graham played well there, which proved very helpful to the injury-riddled defense last year. The question of 2013 is how much will he also play on special teams since Graham is likely to see time on defense once more.
When talking to the media last week, Graham said he thinks there won't be as much time on special teams since he's going to be busier on defense.
Still, he looks forward to being on special teams.
"That's always how it is. If you're starting on defense, you probably do two phases max [on special teams]," Graham said when speaking with the media last week. "Obviously, I'll always have a role on special teams. That's where I came from. I love it. I enjoy it. So, I'm pretty sure I'll still be on a couple phases, so I'll do whatever Jerry [Rosburg, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator] asks. If I'm not dead tired out there, if he asks me to play four phases, I'll do it."
Special teams really helped the Ravens last year in so many ways. That was one of the biggest areas of improvement for the team from the previous year, so they'll obviously want to keep that group at the same level, and Graham was a big part of that. He also helped the defense so figuring out where to put him and when is a nice problem for the Ravens coaches.