FLOWERY BRANCH – Cornerback Brent Grimes, who started eight games last season and led the Falcons with six interceptions, suffered an injured hamstring and did not participate in organized team activities on Wednesday.
Grimes is expected to be in the mix for the open starting cornerback spot. He’ll have to beat out Brian Williams, Christopher Owens and Chevis Jackson for the starting spot.
“It’s going to be the most competitive s position group in terms of who’s going to be our starters,” Falcons coach Mik Smith said. “We brought in Dunta Robinson to play one of the corners. I think the other corner is going to be very interesting to see who wins that job.”
Grimes was in the top 25 players league-wide to receive additional salary as part of the league’s “Performance-Based Pay” program.
Grimes received an additional $282,484, which ranked 15th in the league.
Grimes had a bumpy start to last season. He struggled in the preseason at left cornerback and couldn’t hold down the position after the team acquired Williams.
He started off the season playing in nickel situations on the left side and Williams slid down inside. When Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury, Grimes returned to the starting lineup, but continued to struggle.
After Chris Houston, who’s since been traded, was out with a hamstring injury, Grimes’ career started to take traction on the right side. He appeared more comfortable on that side of the field.
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