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.
The veteran ball-hawk was one of the Bucs' major offseason acquisitions, and is already flashing the skills that endeared him to the team that allowed the highest completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks last season. Grimes picked off Jameis Winston for the second time in as many days in Saturday's practice off a tipped ball by second-year receiver Kenny Bell and has largely held his own against the flurry of double moves the offense has used against him, a tactic that Grimes sees as a positive. "They're running a lot of double moves," Grimes said after Friday's workout. "It's good. It keeps you honest, gets your footwork right. That's what training camp and practice is for -- you have to go out there and try things and see. If you just play it safe in training camp, that's not good." The aggressive approach is one of many aspects of his new team that the Pro Bowl cornerback appreciates, with another being a group of experienced coaches that includes his former Falcons and current Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith. "When you bring a coach like Coach Smith in, and (secondary) Coach (Jon) Hoke and (defensive backs coach Brett) Maxie, you've got a bunch of good guys and you have players who can play the game," Grimes said. "I know Coach Smith and he's a great coach and he's going to have everybody where they're supposed to be. He's going to coach you hard and it's going to pay off in the long run."
Grimes went up high to make a beautiful leaping grab of a Jameis Winston deep ball intended for Donteea Dye, a play that was preceded by a deflection of a throw to Russell Shepard down the right sideline earlier in the session. The offseason acquisition is expected to bring precisely that type of ball-hawking presence to a Bucs secondary that allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 70 percent of their passes in 2015.
Grimes grabbed an interception in the Bucs' opening day of OTAs on Tuesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.
Grimes has released by the Dolphins earlier in the week after spending three seasons with the team. Last season he played in 15 games, recording 49 tackles and four interceptions. The nine-year veteran played under current Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith from 2008-2012 during a portion of the latter's head coaching stint, tallying 13 interceptions and 56 passes defensed over that span. Before an inconsistent 2015 campaign in South Florida, Grimes had also posted nine interceptions and two touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Dolphins. The 32-year-old is expected to bring stability and play-making ability to a Bucs secondary that surrendered the fifth-most passing touchdowns in the league last season (31), and a league-worst 70 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks.
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