You Can’t Juke Him!March 20th, 2017
Some Bucs fans want their AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to draft a corner at No. 19. Here’s why that likely won’t happen.
If one is to believe the PFF tribe (yes, dubious source, Joe knows), opposing receivers simply could not fool Bucs corner Brent Grimes. At all.
When receivers tried a double-move on Grimes, it was a waste of time and effort, notes Eliot Crist.
Best CB defending the double-move in 2016 (min. three targeted routes): Brent Grimes, Buccaneers
Grimes dominated receivers on double-moves. He did not allow a single reception on five such attempts into his coverage area, giving QBs a 39.6 rating when targeting Grimes, tied for lowest in the league. Grimes had deep responsibilities on all five of his double-move targets. On one play he was the man defender, while on the other four he had deep-zone responsibilities. Grimes broke up three of the five passes on his way to earning the highest PFF grade for any corner versus double-moves. Grimes did a good job sticking to his man for a long time, as the average time to throw when he was targeted on double-moves was 2.76 seconds, 0.07 seconds above the league average.
Yes, Joe understands Grimes will be 34 this summer. But after a season like he had last year, why push the guy out to pasture? Ride that horse!
This is the last year of Grimes’ current contract. If he plays like he did in 2016, then Joe suspects Licht will make a play to keep him.
Joe understands it is smart to starting thinking ahead. Clearly, there aren’t too many 35-and-over corners in the NFL. But drafting anyone at No. 19, you want him on the field.
That’s an awfully expensive investment for a benchwarmer. And with Grimes playing the way he is and the Bucs already spending a high first round pick last year on corner Vernon Hargreaves, who also starts, it’s highly unlikely the Bucs draft a corner at No. 19.
And, no, neither Grimes nor Hargreaves is going to be a nickel corner this fall.