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Bucs notes: S Grimm battling for roster spot

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Published:   |   Updated: July 30, 2013 at 07:28 AM

TAMPA - It's been a long road back for Cody Grimm.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety excelled as a rookie, starting nine games in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech. But the son of Hall of Fame guard Russ Grimm has seen his career derailed by a fractured fibula, torn knee ligaments and a hamstring problem that left him on injured reserve at the end of each of his three NFL seasons.

Grimm, 26, also was arrested twice this spring for public intoxication, disappointing coach Greg Schiano.

"I'm feeling good right now, but we've got a bunch of good players here, raising everybody's level,'' Grimm said Monday.

The Bucs targeted 49ers safety Dashon Goldson in free agency to pair with 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron, leaving Grimm to fight off a group of younger competitors for a roster spot.

"Cody's healthy and he's in the best shape of his career,'' Schiano said. "He needs to be because there's intense competition at the safety spot. Cody's a very smart football player. He gets it, and that's what really allows him to be a competitive player.''

Back to form

After leading the Bucs with 7.5 sacks as a rookie, DE Adrian Clayborn saw his second season undermined by a knee injury that shelved him for the final 13 games and required surgery.

All that time out of uniform made Clayborn realize how much he missed football. Now, he's determined to combine with fellow third-year pro Da'Quan Bowers and provide steady heat off the edges.

"We need to get after the quarterback and we need to show that we are the draft picks they drafted,'' said Clayborn, who got off a witty line when asked whether he ever watches game film of pass-rush coach Bryan Cox during his playing days.

"I haven't,'' Clayborn said, "but if he's watching this (interview), I have.''

Extra points

WR Mike Williams walked off the field gingerly at the end of practice with what appeared to be a muscle cramp. ...The Bucs signed veteran S Troy Nolan and waived G Jeff Olson. Nolan, a seventh-round pick of the Texans in the 2009 draft, has 71 tackles, nine passes defensed, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovering in 38 NFL games, including seven starts, with the Dolphins and Bears. ...Tampa Bay activated DE Markus White from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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