The Sad Cody Grimm MoveAugust 31st, 2013
The depressing part of Cutdown Day to the final 53-man roster is that some really good dudes get caught in the wash. Today for the Bucs, that was safety Cody Grimm.
Grimm, a linebacker in college at Virginia Tech, was moved to safety and likely rushed into playing time too soon due to injuries in 2009. Grimm would never mistake anyone for Ronnie Lott. But he was a ballhawk in that he was always around the ball. He was pretty good against the run.
But Grimm was always hurt. Mostly leg injuries, and that is a death knell for an NFL player. With the additions of Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron in the past two years, and Ahmad Black seeing a lot of playing time, the handwriting was on the wall for Grimm. He sort of knew it when Joe spoke with him last week after the Bucs win in Miami.
“Anything can happen. One week you make it and not the next week you are not,” Grimm said. “It’s a numbers thing in the NFL. You can’t worry about it. If you put good things on tape, someone will see it.”
Of course, it didn’t help Grimm’s cause when he was pinched for two public intoxication arrests. A starter may be able to get away with not being a Buccaneer Man but not a guy on the bubble.
At any rate, Grimm has always been cool with Joe. Always willing to take time to talk about the game or practice, and even answer tough questions that many players would blow off. Joe respects that.