Like many of his defensive teammates, Grimes was hurting coming into the contest but was able to tough it out and haul in his first INT of the season in the process. His leaping fourth-quarter pick was key, as it came in the end zone on a pass intended for Greg Olsen with the score knotted at 14-14. Although the Bucs have undoubtedly sprung some leaks in the secondary to date this season, Grimes is at least providing solid tackle numbers (17), and if prior history is any indication, he stands to snare a few more wayward passes before the season is through.
Grimes was able to participate in a full practice on Saturday, so this status update is not all that surprising. Expect him to take on his usual workload as one of the team's starting cornerbacks.
Although he's officially listed as questionable for Monday's contest, it looks like Grimes will play. Grimes practiced fully Saturday after being limited all week. The Bucs' corner carries more a good probability to go, but the decision to play him will likely be made in the hours leading up to kickoff.
The veteran corner was tied with Chris Conte and Kwon Alexander for the team lead in tackles, one of several statistical anomalies on a difficult afternoon for the Bucs. Grimes was part of a secondary that gave up 308 yards passing and three touchdowns to Carson Palmer en route to a 40-7 blowout loss, so the numbers rang hollow given the end result. Grimes and the secondary have a chance for redemption in Week 3 against a Rams offense that is decidedly less potent than the Cardinals.
Grimes stood out during the first day of joint practices with the Jags on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
The veteran offseason acquisition has seemingly been making at least one impressive play every day during practices at One Buc Place, and the change of scenery to Jaguars camp didn't make him skip a beat. Grimes provided tight coverage against Jacksonville's talented receiver corps and was involved in the play of the day when he made a leaping one-handed interception of a Blake Bortles pass. Grimes is expected to be integral to the shoring up of a secondary that allowed the highest completion percentage in the league to opposing quarterbacks in 2015.
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