Grimes Makes A Solid First Impression

Posted May 21, 2013

Veteran cornerback looks to return to Pro Bowl form.

Cornerback Brent Grimes answered the question about his health in a resounding way Tuesday when the Dolphins held their first OTA practice of the spring.

When the Dolphins signed the 2010 Pro Bowl selection as a free agent in late March, there was a lot of discussion as to when Grimes would be ready to practice after the Achilles injury he sustained in the 2012 season opener.

Grimes not only practiced with his teammates on Tuesday, he also flashed his coverage ability.

Two plays stood out.

On the first, he dove at the last second to break up a long pass from Matt Moore intended for Rishard Matthews running a deep crossing pattern. Later, Grimes had blanket coverage on speedy newcomer Mike Wallace on a fly pattern.

"I liked him as a player before I ever got here,” Wallace said after practice. “He's probably one of the most athletic guys I’ve sever seen. He can run, he can jump. He plays a lot bigger than his height (5-10).”

Grimes lined up with the first-team defense on the opposite side from Richard Marshall, who was signed as a free agent in the spring of 2012 and is also making a comeback from an injury.

Marshall started the first four games for the Dolphins last season before winding up on injured reserve with a back injury.

“I’ve been able to walk out on the field and take a look at those guys in a drill setting, not necessarily a competitive setting yet,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said of Grimes and Marshall. “But it looked like they’ve been moving well. They feel good physically. I’m excited about watching the tape and sitting down and taking a look at it. I thought they moved around well.”

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