Graham: Facing Bengals 'will be fun'

August, 18, 2010
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WESTMINSTER, Md. -- It's August. But don't think for one second Shayne Graham isn't aware of when the next time the Baltimore Ravens play the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Week 2 division matchup in Cincinnati will be interesting for a variety of reasons. But Graham potentially kicking at Paul Brown Stadium against the team he left unceremoniously should be one of the major storylines.

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James Lang/US PresswireRavens kicker Shayne Graham is looking forward to the opportunity to kick against his former team.
"I can only imagine what the reaction will be when I first play there in Cincinnati, so it will be fun," Graham told the AFC North blog. "It's always fun to go somewhere when you don't know what the reaction is going to be. I can have my predictions that they'll probably be some boo birds out. But that's what makes it fun. It's nice to be in that kind of driver's chair and knowing you still have control over things."

Despite being one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL, Graham developed a reputation for not being clutch following several misses in key spots for the Bengals.

The most recent came in January's 24-14 playoff loss to the New York Jets. Graham missed two important field goals, and the performance turned out to be his last in Cincinnati.

"A lot of the fans remembered the ones that I missed," Graham explained. "But I made a lot more than I missed -- that's the thing."

Graham says there's no ill will towards the Bengals, but he's happy to be in Baltimore. He signed with the Ravens in June and is competing with incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff. Graham entered training camp as the favorite and believes the competition is bringing out the best in him this summer.

Graham also said that he's very impressed with the overall culture and atmosphere of his new team.

"They invest a lot in the team and the facility. You can tell they don't spare any expense for anything," Graham said of the Ravens. "They treat their players, their trainers, to the people working in the ticket office -- everyone is treated first class. So it's a great organization. It's great to be around that, and I feel very welcomed here."

We also presented Graham with this scenario: Down two points against the Bengals in the final seconds, what if he's called to kick the potential game-winning field goal?

Said Graham: "It would be nice if it came down to that."

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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