Q & A: Brent Grimes is ready for training camp

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes checking into his dorm room. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbettter@ajc.com)

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes checking into his dorm room. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbettter@ajc.com)

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.

27 comments Add your comment

Mack1124

July 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Becoming a HUGE fan of Mr. Grimes. If I get down on him this season, I will look at the video of him intercepting BREES in NO on MNF. Unbelievable!!! Watching that clip, I see why the FALCON braintrust keeps him around.

Unca' Bob

July 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

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SirReal

July 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

I like Grimey. I hope he can lock down the number 2 CB spot because the guy really can cover, he’s just a bit shorter than most. If he was around 6 feet, he would be talked about among rising stars at corner. I wish him a well and healthy season.

Torrie

July 29th, 2010
3:37 pm

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This is our time! The Falcons will win the Superbowl this year. Let’s go Birds.

Mike Jay

July 29th, 2010
3:39 pm

Hard not to like Grimes.

waynester

July 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

Grimes on the right side + Robinson on the left = QB’s in trouble…..

Stephen W.

July 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

Best of luck Brent! Go Falcons!

Wildebeast

July 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

“Just go out and compete, try to make plays and give 100 percent effort. That’s all that I can do.” Now that’s the kind of depth and insight we’re looking for! Man, I’m hanging on every word he says!

Wildebeast

July 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

How can I tell if I have fluid hips??

Ancient Falcon

July 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Grimes has G-U-T-S and the will-to-succeed, and he will!

now that's funny

July 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

If Brent Grimes starts 16 games he will have 10 picks. How tall was Darryl Green?

I Heart Grimey

July 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Grimey has a motor that never stops. If everyone of the Birds plays as hard as he does, they’ll all be sporting some rings in near future. Pound for pound one of the best DB’s around.

SirReal

July 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

For all the talk of Revis Island….Grimey had the same amount of picks last year I do believe…the only difference was that Revis’ were more game changers but also look at the rest of his defense vs ours last year. B.G.’s INTs were more of an individual effort. N.O. last season…need i say more?

JT

July 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

It’s been hot, but it’s cool. So chill.

RUNEDOG

July 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

Grimes in the Pro Bowl. Write it down now. Watch it happen this season.

falcon4ever

July 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Our whole team will try this year. Our offensive line is committed to trying along with our D-line that I feel is also going to try really hard. Matt Ryan has been trying all offseason to be better and that will help our corps of recievers try harder. With the signing of Dunta , our secondary will surely be pushed to try even harder. if we can get our special teams on track to try then we cretainly have a shot at trying to make the playoffs and at worst we can try for anothre winng season. So here is to trying team LETS GO !!!!!!!!!

FalCANDOIT!

July 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Why can’t Grimes be 6 ft 2 in tall?

Confess_Jesus_Now

July 29th, 2010
8:40 pm

Guys we have to pray for our team. I have already asked the Father to keep them focused and healthy. Especially since the only reason we missed the playoffs was because of injury.

I.MUS WRITE

July 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

Wildbeast-u kill’n me man LMAO,,,,,,,,, “Fluid Hips” LOL

falcon4ever

July 29th, 2010
9:49 pm

@CJN- We also didn’t win the division . Maybe it was due to injuries yet we were not the only team to have injuries. My belief is , we missed due to a severe lack of depth. Redman did a fine job but other than that we had no one. I’m not hatin’ here, just facing the facts and sick of the excuses. Hopefully this year , some of that will be rectified. Our O-line is our weak link so as long as Turner is not leaving us in 3rd and long we should be o.k.

Wildebeast

July 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

I.MUS, I’m there for you man!
Black, Silver and Red in 2010!

mark

July 30th, 2010
12:00 am

man, i love grimes, but i woould love if he didn’t take the starting spot opposite dunta, because that would mean someone with 7 pics last year was relegated to the nickle corner. ya’ll feel me on this????

Boo the Falcons!!!

July 30th, 2010
8:13 am

Why do the Falcons still have a 5′2″ CB?

BigTimeTECHFan

July 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Why do the Falcons still have a 5′2″ CB?
Because he makes plays better then most of the 5′10″ and taller CB’s in the whole league.

TomQ

July 30th, 2010
9:28 am

Good interview. This is the type of original material I expect to see here.

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