2017 Player Recap: Brent Grimes

2017 Player Recap: Brent Grimes

2017 Player Recap: Brent Grimes

The Tampa Bay defense finished the season with 26 takeaways, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Bucs have 55 takeaways, which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL during that span. Thirty of those takeaways have been interceptions, which is tied for fifth-most interceptions in the league during that timeframe.

Contributing to that total is acrobatic cornerback Brent Grimes. Grimes played in 13 games for the Buccaneers in his second season with the team. He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills and was held out against Carolina and New Orleans in Weeks 8 and 9, but the corner was undoubtedly still productive, assuming the number one corner role in the games he was active. Grimes’ specialty are interceptions and he had a total of three on the season.

His second and perhaps most impressive interception of the season came during Week 10 against the New York Jets. Jets’ quarterback Josh McCown aired it out for receiver Robby Anderson and overshot him as the ball came down just over the head of Grimes. The defensive back was then able to snatch the ball out of the air and quickly turn it around for a 28-yard return.

An honorable mention in the Brent Grimes Highlight Reel is his third interception of the year. Grimes made a leaping grab to rob Detroit receiver Kenny Golladay of a catch and the Lions of 35 yards, as he intercepted Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford during the Bucs’ Week 14 contest against the Lions.

His 33 career interceptions are good for fifth-most among active players in the league. His 20 interceptions since the 2013 season lead the league during that span, tying him with Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Oakland’s Reggie Nelson. Grimes doesn’t just grab the ball and come down with it, either. The corner would fare well on offense as well, given that his 306 return yards off those interceptions rank fifth since 2013.

Grimes’ contract with the Buccaneers is up this year and the question of his return is hanging in the balance. At the conclusion of the season, Grimes told the media that Head Coach Dirk Koetter and his staff made it clear they want him to return. No word yet on whether a decision has been made, but Grimes did promise he wouldn’t leave the team or fans ‘in limbo for long’.

Grimes finished the 2017 season with 49 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions (with 67 return yards off those interceptions) over a total of 13 games.

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Published at Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:37:56 +0000