When Pro Bowl special-teams ace signed with the Ravens, the former Chicago Bears cornerback was hoping to contribute on defense in addition to his displaying his skills in kick coverage.
So far, though, Graham has primarily been relegated to special teams with three tackles to rank second on the team.
Graham has played only seven defensive snaps, five in the season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals when he had two defensive tackles. He has just one defensive snap during each of the past two games.
"Hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to do a litlte bit more," said Graham, who signed a two-year, $3.7 million contract in March that included a $1.2 million signing bonus. "I definitely want to do more on defense, but that will come. You just have to wait your turn. When you get that opportunity, make the best out of it. That's all you can do."
During training camp, Graham said he joined the Ravens because he wasn't given the chance to play defense much in Chicago.
Graham intercepted a career-high three passes during his final season in Chicago last year, tying for second on the team.
“That was definitely a big reason why I signed here,” Graham said. “It meant a lot to me. I didn’t think I would get an opportunity in Chicago. It wasn’t going my way. I wanted to go somewhere else, get a fresh start, let some new eyes see me and hopefully get an opportunity if I play well to get a chance to play.”
Graham led the Bears with 22 special-teams tackles and has 107 special-teams tackles for his career.
During four of the past five seasons, Graham has at least 20 special-teams tackles.
Graham said his prowess on special teams took precedence over his defensive abilities with Bears coach Lovie Smith.
“That’s just how it was,” Graham said. “It didn’t really matter what I did. I could go out there in training camp and lead the team in interceptions. I could go out there every day and make plays. What it came down to in Chicago I was just going to be a special-teams guy. That’s just what Lovie wanted from me.
“Even in meetings, that’s all he talked about: ‘Corey is our guy on special teams.’ No matter if I go out there and get six picks in practice, he would say something about special teams. That’s just how it is. It’s not like I don’t want to do special teams. I’ve done it my whole life. I enjoy it, but some situations are better than others.”
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