Brent Grimes No. 5

July 10th, 2016
Already valuable.

Already valuable.

Quite a few handfuls of Buccaneers are key to the roster.

Take away, say, Gerald McCoy or Doug Martin or Lavonte David, and there will be major scrambling to plug that hole.

But Jake Perper of Today’s Pigskin thinks there is an invaluable member of the Bucs who has yet to take a snap for Tampa Bay. And that is cornerback Brent Grimes.

Coming over from Miami this off-season, the Buccaneers acquired a crafty veteran cornerback in Brent Grimes. They can pair him with first round rookie Vernon Hargreaves and veterans Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks.

Now in his 10th season, Grimes has produced when given the opportunity either in Atlanta (13 interceptions from 2007-12) or Miami (13 interceptions from 2013-15). The 32-year-old has four or more picks in three straight seasons and should fit right into the Buccaneers’ defensive scheme.

Well, if Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks cannot be rehabilitated from the persecution of Lovie Smith, you damned right Grimes is valuable as can be. Potentially, if Verner and Banks can be cured of their PTSD, Joe believes that the cornerbacks unit, including rookie Vernon Hargreaves, could go from the weakest sieve on the team to a strength.

We will soon find out. Training camp is 18 days away.

14 Responses to “Brent Grimes No. 5”

  1. Fred McNeil Says:

    I’d settle for competent.

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    CB is absolutely converted from “weakness” to strength with the addition of Grimes and VH3.

  3. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    The bucs made sure they had a insurance plan if they couldn’t resurrect the careers of Verner & Banks, wich is a very smart move, not to mention nabbing the best cover corner in the draft while still getting the pass rusher they wanted. It will be very interesting to see how the depth chart unfolds and who will be left out as the no. 4. We have 4 really solid corners so it will be a battle for those starting roles, not to mention guys like JAB and Robison as well. I think for the most part it will be Grimes, Verner, VH3 in the slot and Banks subbing in for Verner on certain matchups. I would take JAB as our no. 4 or 5. He’s a solid corner who is still learning and showed sum flashes last year. He’s worth keeping around for injury insurance. Nice to see the bucs take their biggest weakness and turn it into a strength in just one offseason.

  4. martinii Says:

    18 days until what ifs change to what is. Can’t wait.

  5. Kobe Faker Says:

    Best move for our secondary (defense) was to send a 1 way ticket for Lovie and his son to Illinois.

    Dont be misled, we had talent last year in our defense

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Kobe Faker is absolutely right best thing to happen to secondary was the departure of lovie and his friends and family charity staff. The biggest issue the last 2 years was coaching not talent.

  7. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Why did giants pass on VH3? I liked Eli apple

  8. Buccaneers Says:

    Good points DemBoyz……….I’d like to also mention that having Grimes here along with a hungry rookie should bring out the best of Verner and Banks……..I don’t really like their chances here without Grimes giving them competition. These guys should all be challenging each other to see who can make the most plays during preseason games. We may see a little swag coming from the backfield as they try to one up each other…….By far the most intriguing part of the team for me to watch, should be a lot of fun!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Buccaneers Says:

    Strider, I know next to nothing about Eli Apple. But I’m assuming that he brings a different skill set then VHIII…….I say that because Vernon has a unique skill set from he highlights I’ve seen. Early projections had Our Bucs taking Apple but that didn’t last long as it was changed to VHIII as the Bucs target. The analysts are more often wrong then right but I think the had good reason to change their projection from Apple to Vernon. The skills that Hargreaves bring was probably closer to wha we wanted for Smiths defense then what Apple would bring. It seems that the Bucs got the guy they wanted all along, more or less.

  10. Loggedontosay Says:


    Many times Banks and Verner were in position to make w play on the ball and fail to make a play on the ball. Lovie had them in position 80% of the time.

  11. Buccaneers Says:

    Logge-Good point. Just be careful without that 80% deal around here…’s like poking a hornet nest to even mention Lovies name without a following insult.

    But yeah they sucked last year, Anytime we had a chance to make a game-changing play if was booted. While the defense had an enormous share of problems they still have themselves a few chances to turn around a few of their losses and choked…….A finger gets pointed to the secondary and sadly doesn’t stop there, D-Line, wideout, pentaltys from every position, kicker, ect……….and of course the most popular, coaching.

    When you think about it, it’s amazing that we won even six games being so utterly pathetic in so many seperate areas.

  12. Tarzan Says:

    VH3 will put up a threat to be starting but ultimately will probably play in the slot ( wich i think gives this team the best chance) but Grimes & Verner should start and with banks coming in every now and then to play certain match ups.

  13. Rrsrq Says:

    I believe the skills of Verner and Banks did not go away, they were coached away. I expect the competition level to bring out the best, those guys are just going to have to be cohesive, because I’m still not sure about our safeties

  14. BigHogHaynes Says:

    And I believe in majic, we now have young talent and a swaggy vet in the mix, somebody will not make the cut, Training Camp will make that determination!