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Bucs will start Cody Grimm for Tanard Jackson



Tanard Jackson's yearlong league suspension has prompted the Bucs to promote seventh-round pick Cody Grimm to the starting role at free safety.

Coach Raheem Morris just made the announcement in his daily news conference, choosing Grimm over veteran Sabby Piscitelli. Grimm was on the depth chart as the second-string free safety, but given the length of Jackson's suspension, it was not a given the Bucs would feel secure putting an unheralded rookie in the lineup for the balance of the season.

But there was something different about Grimm that made Morris feel good about this decision, namely his even-keeled demeanor and his ability to learn quickly.

"It helps you make the decision. It makes it easy," Morris said. "You watch the kid go out there and perform and then you put him in different situations that you didn't see him in college and he performs the way he has so far. He's been a student of the game. The limited amount of errors that he has made as a rookie, it gives you a great feel about him. I want to see him go out and play."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 23, 2010 3:06pm]


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