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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    Grimes has been well worth the money if you ask me. Has gotten burnt a couple of times, but all of the best DB’s do from time to time. But he has been great in my humble opinion.

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    Again, as we see so often, fans and even media analysts tend to undervalue player performance that does not reach a level of perfection that is unknown in the real world. Brent Grimes is one of those players that people seem to love to jump on when a top NFL receiver beats him, but fail to recognize that no cornerback on earth can defend against every pass.

    But as to Brent Grimes, how about this little stat:

    Grimes is tied for the league lead in passes defensed at 20 for this season. That’s more passes defensed than some of the other names who seem to generate a lot more media attention and praise, such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (19), Josh Norman(18), Janoris Jenkins (17), and Malcolm Butler (17). PFF ranked Grimes as no. 15 in the league in November (before Grimes had several of his better games this season).

    Plus all the other stuff that Coach Smith describes such as his mentoring of other players, such his fellow CB rookie Vernon Hargreaves.

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