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Grimes’ return a welcomed sight at practice

The veteran corner made an impact early on at practice.

NFL: New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran cornerback Brent Grimes has missed considerable time at training camp due to an injury that also sidelined him for last Thursday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

On Monday he returned to the practice fields at One Buc Place Where Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter was happy to have him back.

“Well, we want Brent Grimes out there,’ said Koetter. “He’s our best cover guy, so it’s great to have Brent out there.”

The 12-year cornerback missed some time last year and never missed a beat during the season. Depsite missing three games in 2017, Grimes was still perhaps the best underutilized cornerback the Bucs have had in quite some time.

Still, he feels it was important for him to get back to practice and improve.

”For my sanity I just need to move around,’ Grimes said. “I’m not good at sitting still for real long. It’s good to come out and work with the guys and be part of the team in that aspect. Obviously, I’m in meetings and all the things like that, and in the locker room kicking it. But to get out and actually put in the football work with the team, you just feel part of the team more when you do that. I have fun and it makes my day much better.”

Grimes certainly had fun. And that’s evident in the video below that was tweeted out by JoeBucsFan where he made an unbelievable grab in the end zone for an interception off a deep ball from quarterback Jameis Winston to wide receive DeSean Jackson.

For the secondary to improve and continue to get better, Grimes has to remain healthy. Not only will that improve the defense, but also help build up the younger guys as he continues to work with them.

Grimes knows what that means for the team.

“I enjoy working with people, younger guys, older guys, whatever. It’s fun communicating, figuring out things. Like I ask other people questions. It’s not that everybody’s got to ask me questions, I’m going to ask other people questions, too. I feel like we’ve got a real good team, a real good group in that aspect.”