FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes arrived to check into his dorm room Thursday afternoon.
He led the team in interceptions last season and will be in a battle for the starting position opposite of Dunta Robinson.
After picking up his playbook and keys, Grimes talked about his summer and preparation for training camp.
Q: How has your summer been?
A: The summer has been cool. Hot, obviously. I’ve just been working out. I got to relax a little bit after OTAs broke. It’s been cool.
Q: Did you work out around here?
A: Yeah, I didn’t go anywhere. I’ve been around here pretty much.
Q: What are your thoughts about training camp, it’s going to be pretty hot?
A: Of course it will easier for somebody my size than an offensive lineman. But it’s still hard for everybody. This heat is going to be something that everybody has to fight with this whole training camp. It will make us tougher so that’s cool.
Q: What’s your mindset about coming in and competing for a starting spot?
A: It’s the same thing every year. It’s the same stuff, different year. I’m going to do the same thing I’ve been doing the whole time.
Q: What’s that? What’s your game plan?
A: Just go out and compete, try to make plays and give 100 percent effort. That’s all that I can do.
Q: Are you accustomed to competing since you came in as a free agent?
A: As a free agent you have to fight for everything that you get in this league. I’m use to situations like this. This is normal. Like I said, it’s the same thing every year.
Q: Do you have any assignments for Dominique Franks, the rookie cornerback?
A: He’ll just do the normal stuff that rookies usually do. Get the Gatorade and stuff like that. I’m not big on that, but other people are. I’m sure he’ll have his little things. I’m sure he’ll have a rookie show for us. That will be cool. It’s all in fun though.
Q: Have they talked to you about playing in the nickel?
A: No, but you learn all of the stuff anyway. Everybody learns it. It’s in the same classroom so you just pick it up on your own. Have they specifically came to me and said ‘learn the nickel,’ no they haven’t.
Q: There is a report that you all have the most two-a-day practices, how do you feel about that?
A: I hear other stories about other camps from guys and they say they have a lot less practices and that they are easier, but I’m not going to complain about it. We are used to it now. That’s just the way it is. Two-a-days in training camp. 100 degrees. No clouds.