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Monday, November 2, 2009
Grimes shows why Falcons like him


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- I'm not sure why the Falcons decided to switch up at cornerback on that last drive, although I did see Tye Hill, who had been getting a lot of early playing time, limp off the field after the previous drive.

Whatever happened, it’s a good thing Brent Grimes was out on the field on the latest drive. Grimes had been on the bench early in the game and he’s taken a lot of abuse from opposing receivers and from Atlanta fans this year. But Grimes just might a play that explains what the Atlanta coaching staff sees in him.

Grimes made a leaping interception of a Drew Brees pass intended for Devery Henderson. Yes, Grimes may be short (he’s listed at 5-foot-9 and probably isn’t that tall), but teammates and coaches will tell you Grimes is the best natural athlete on the team.

He’s also got incredible leaping ability, which was shown on that play.