The veteran corner actually checked in third on the team in tackles behind only Justin Evans and Lavonte David. However, Grimes was also an integral component of a secondary that once again allowed a productive day to the opposition, which included a pair of touchdowns passes. Grimes is providing solid IDP production for a cornerback with 23 tackles in five games, but he has yet to snag an interception and has a meager two pass breakups to his credit.
Grimes finally took the field for his season debut after being sidelined for the first pair of contests due to the groin injury. The veteran corner was victimized on a quick pass to Antonio Brown in the second quarter, as he missed a tackle on the speedy receiver in a drive that yielded a 27-yard touchdown. The fact that Grimes was merely back on the field was helpful enough for the Bucs, who are short on corner help with Vernon Hargreaves (shoulder) on injured reserve. Grimes will look to continue working back into shape against a less intimidating Bears passing attack in Week 4.
Grimes has missed the first two games of the season after suffering a groin injury leading up Week 1, but he appears to have put the issue behind him. Tampa Bay's defense should be improved with Grimes' return, as they attempt to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' high-powered offense.
Grimes picked up a groin injury during the week and is now listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Already shaky in the defensive backfield, Tampa Bay can't afford to lose its top cornerback for a matchup with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas in the Superdome. It appears that is what's going to happen, leaving some combination of Ryan Smith, Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart to fill in at cornerback alongside Vernon Hargreaves. The Saints shouldn't have much trouble chucking the ball around.
It appears that it is just general wear and tear that is keeping Grimes sidelined for the next few days, as there doesn't seem to be much concern from the Buccaneers regarding the defensive back's health. Coming off yet another strong campaign in 2017, Grimes is set to start at cornerback once again for Tampa Bay this season after re-signing with them this offseason.
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||57||51.0||6||0||4||37||9.2||31||1||24|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||49||44.0||5||0||3||67||22.3||39||0||11|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||29||26.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||1||37||1||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|