Cody Grimm will replace Tanard Jackson in Tampa
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will replace Tanard Jackson in their secondary with a rookie seventh-round draft pick.
Cody Grimm, the son of Hall of Fame guard and Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, has been named the starter by coach Raheem Morris.
A seventh-round selection from Virginia Tech, Grimm played exclusively on special teams in the first two weeks, according to the Tampa Tribune. Morris chose Grimm over some more experienced options, including Sabby Piscetelli.
“He's the next guy on our depth chart," Morris said. "He's the backup free safety and he's played well, played hard. This is his chance."
Jackson was suspended indefinitely – meaning for at least a year – for violating the NFL’s policy on drugs of abuse. Jackson served a four-game suspension last season.
“I got a call from one of the coaches and they let me know that Tanard wasn't going to be able to be with us for the rest of the year," Grimm said. "Obviously that's upsetting. He's a great player and we're going to miss him, but we've got to move on. I'm ready to work extra hard, and if my number is called, I'm ready to go."
The Bucs will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in a showdown of 2-0 teams.
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