Corey Graham working hard to keep starting job

Corey Graham working hard to keep starting job
August 2, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Do questions remain in the Ravens secondary?

Corey Graham got a taste of starting last season, and remains hungry to keep that role.

With Lardarius Webb’s recovery from knee surgery going well, Graham and Smith appear to be vying for the other starting cornerback job. Graham started eight games last season after Webb went down, playing the best football of his career through the Ravens’ run to a championship.

During five seasons with the Bears, Graham made his mark as a special teams player, going to the Pro Bowl in 2011. But when he signed with the Ravens last year, Graham was looking for an opportunity to play on defense. When he got it, Graham capitalized.

“I was fortunate to get that chance,’’ Graham said following Friday’s practice. “Hopefully, coach believes in you as a defender. “It’s been very competitive here all training camp. I think it’s going to help us in the long run.”

If Graham still has to play special teams while starting, he is willing to do it. In fact, he expects it. “I don’t know if I’ve shed that (special teams) role,” Graham said smiling. “I think it will be something that I’ll always do. I enjoy it.”

However, Graham also enjoys starting. And he hopes that continues.