This afforded Jeff Ireland, still looking to add to the roster, an opportunity to take a chance on a few veterans. Brent Grimes and Tyson Clabo, both of whom come to Miami by way of Atlanta, were two of the free agents the team signed after that first initial flurry of moves, and each — for now, at least — are penciled in as starters.
Though their potential impact has maybe been a bit of an afterthought, especially an aggressive draft following free agency, CBS Sports’ Pat Kirwan doesn’t think anyone should sleep on the two former Falcons.
“I think you stole two guys, really,” Kirwan said in a recent interview with The Finsiders. “I’ve been to a lot of Falcons practices. Tyson Clabo, besides being a really good player, is a roughneck. He gets after it in practice. Every time I’ve been there, Tyson was having it out with somebody in 9-on-7. The defensive guys better be ready for this guy because he’s not coming to play around. When it’s padded practice, Tyson Clabo is coming to mix it up, so love that part of him.”
Signing Grimes, a 2010 Pro Bowler, could give the Dolphins secondary a different dynamic if he’s able to work back from an Achilles injury suffered Week 1 last season. The seven-year cornerback, physically, is the polar opposite of Sean Smith, the man he essentially replaces, measuring in at 5-foot-10. What he lacks in size, though, Grimes makes up in jumping ability and ball skills.
“When I first saw him line up, and it was against Roddy White in practice, I go, ‘Oh man, this looks like a physical mismatch,’” Kirwan said. “But Grimes, explosive leaper, can go up with a guy, and get in the air and rebound a ball off of big receivers, so like him quite a bit. The jury’s out a little bit on how much of that is there right now. I’m sure most of it is.”
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