Cody Grimm Dancing With The Bubble

August 13th, 2013

When the Bucs loaded up on safeties the past two offseasons, drafting Mark Barron in the first round in 2012 and signing Dashon Goldson in March, it didn’t do much for the job security of former starting safety Cody Grimm.

A strong special teams player, at times as a starter Grimm was terribly exposed, but when healthy he proved to be a force against the run. That was the problem with Grimm. He had a nasty injury bug and fought to not just stay healthy, but stay on the field.

With a logjam at safety — reserve Ahmad Black got considerable playing time last year — and a few minor brushes with the law in Virginia (very unbecoming of a Buccaneer Man), it didn’t do much for Grimm’s job security coming into this training camp.

Grimm began training camp working largely with the third team and got some second team reps. But of late, Grimm has had a few snaps with the first team defense and hasn’t been embarrassed.

His play in training camp has even got the attention of Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who noted how smart of a football player Grimm is and how he is an asset to special teams, but quickly qualifying his comments adding that there are good players who will not make the final 53-man roster.

Grimm took time to talk to Joe after the final practice of training camp yesterday to discuss his hopes of hanging on in Tampa.

“Obviously, I hope I make this team but all I can do is work hard,” Grimm said. “You can’t look that far ahead. So much stuff can happen. I could not be on this team or I could be starting if someone goes down. So you have to come in here every day and act like you are a starter. You cannot predict the future. “

Grimm makes a solid point. Due to a variety of factors, as a rookie, Grimm found himself in the starting lineup with the Bucs. No one can predict injuries or even, sadly, suspensions (like the antics of the Adderall Twins, Aqib Talib and Eric Wright).

Per Grimm, all he can do is give his best effort and make it difficult for the Bucs to wave him goodbye. “No, [no goals set from Schiano], we are all going to come out here and get our reps throughout the training camp and you have to take advantage of every rep you get.”

Grimm lauded new teammate Goldson for taking over the safety unit both on and off the field, but even Goldson needs help at times, and has turned to Grimm on occasion.

“That is the thing about the safety room, [Goldson] teaches us some stuff but he is new to the system and we teach him some stuff, [defensive] looks and things like that. It is kind of crazy.”

While he’s still very much on the Bucs roster, Grimm has been enjoying Goldson’s taste in pizzas he springs for.

“They are loaded,” Grimm laughed. “He gets everything [on them] and everyone eats a good bit.”

10 Responses to “Cody Grimm Dancing With The Bubble”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Cody is a guy I had high hopes for early on. But I believe the time has come to part ways. He would make a decent backup if he stayed healthy, but that seems too much to ask.

  2. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Special teams play & prior starting experience may keep Grimm on the roster….but, it seems like everytime Sean Baker gets an opportunity, he does something with it. And, even though we picked up Goldson, Ronde retired and we didn’t draft a safety so the odds are that Grimm will survive.

  3. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Keith Tandy….The next Myron Lewis???

  4. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    Like Bonsai said, I don’t think it will be his lack of talent that keeps Cody Grimm off the 53 man roster as much as his propensity of always being injured. I mean, when the backups, backup is injured all the time, how does that support the team?

  5. SacBucs Says:

    Myron Lewis got signed to the Lions..Now watch how he does. If he becomes a good player what does that say for our system.

    Cody is a great player but with the quality of safeties in the league he is below average. He stepped up for us but its time to go. Take Hayward with you! Adam has been getting paid for years now just riding the pine or being a second rate lb.

    Why Dont we talk about that? This fudger has been a Buc for 6 going on 7 years what has he done? Nothing! Im really trying not to bash this dude so you go look at the tape. He gets there but he almost never finish the play. Missed tackles.

    You talentless evaluators!

    Reminds me of Mo Stovall!

    Open up some roster spots to build depth or we will be the same team.

    Another question? Why we only seem to get one or two good players out of the draft every year huh?

    Schiano or Dom drafted Tandy & Goode last year why havent they stood out in training camp? Schaino was quoted saying they gave him problems at Rutgers!

    Wassup wit that Know It Alls!

  6. SacBucs Says:

    I wanna talk about how Zuttah was getting pancaked

  7. BucDan Says:


    I must intervene on Adam Hayward’s behalf. I am pretty sure that he has been a special teams captain in the past, if not the last few years. He can back up ALL LB positions and plays on all special teams. Is he starter material? Debatable, but not really as he had a chance to earn the job a few years back and we relegated him back to the ‘bench’. He plays all over the field, man. How is this guy not a good ST/back up to have on the team? Earned his money as far as I am concerned.

    Same with Earnest Graham. Unless you feel like he stole from the Bucs all those years as well and did nothing but stay on the ‘bench’….

  8. SacBucs Says:

    Buc Dan

    Earnest tore up preseasons games! When he got his chance he showed up in the regular that season. He was made a starter and then demoted himself to fullback to help the team. That year caddy got hurt earnest earned his mn

  9. SacBucs Says:

    Adam has been with the bucs longer then any linebacker we have so if he was good enough why hasnt he been made a starter. Rookies are coming out of college making starter before him.

    I rest my case..Have a argument Dan with some valid proof before you comment on my comment.

    Joe you got some immature people on your site. I read Jbf everyday thats how I know who the lil bitches are!

    F-ing maggotts

  10. SteveK Says:


    Unleash the fury, Mitch!

    What about Zuttah being pancaked?