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Graham on Pro Bowl pace

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The Bears player most deserving of Pro Bowl consideration after four games may not be Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs or Julius Peppers. Corey Graham had four special teams tackles against the Giants, giving him 10 for the season, which puts him on pace to break the team record of 30 special teams tackles in a season set by linebacker Tim Shaw last year.

"We kicked to the right in that game a bunch," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "That's his side and a lot of times he was beating double teams. To be able to do that in the NFL is tough to do. He was beating the double teams and going down and making tackles. He's on track right now to be our best-ever point champion."

Toub gives has a system that rewards players on a points system. Players receive three points or a tackle, for example, and minus three for a missed tackle. Toub said Graham has had between 23 and 28 points in each of the first four games and is one pace to break Brendon Ayanbadejo's record for special teams points in a season.

Ayanbadejo is a three-time Pro Bowl performer. Graham has made following in his footsteps a goal for the season.

"I enjoy playing special teams but if you're doing that you're not playing defense," said Graham, who is also a backup cornerback. "It goes both ways. You always want to play defense but right now this is my role and I'm trying to make the best out of the situation. Right now, I'm a special teams guy."

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