Charles Grant: A Possible Diamond in the Rough


New DE Charles Grant is a Possible Diamond in the Rough.

A recent interview with him from the Miami Dolphins own website and courtesy of the following (http://thefinsiders.com/blog/grant-hoping-for-a-new-start/) is awfully interesting in what it may portend.  Grant was a former 1st round draft pick from the New Orleans Saints and played several seasons, generally with good production.  He likes the new defensive scheme from Mike Nolan and seems focused on making the team and contributing.

Grant signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on July 28, 2010.   He’s had some trouble in his past with injury and having taken a diuretic for which he received a 4-game suspension in early 2009.  However, the suspension was delayed and he ended 2009 having contributed to the Saints Superbowl trip.  Despite ending the season on IR with a torn tricep, he was given a Superbowl ring in acknowledgment of his contributions during the season (see below).  But pretty clearly, this guy can play and comes from a system of aggressive, attacking defense.  And he liked it and did well.   2009 was definitely an up-tick for him also with 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

It looks like the defense is brimming with potential and they definitely displayed it, outplaying the offense during the last practice on Saturday.

In my opinion, if even a few of the additions to the defense perform up to their past abilities then this will indeed be a punishing, pounding Miami Dolphins defense that with make offenses pay for every yard and every down.

Recent Career Tackles Sacks Interceptions Misc
Year Team G Solo Ast Total Sack YdsL Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum PD Sfty
2007 New Orleans 14 39 10 49 2.5 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008 New Orleans 8 27 6 33 3.0 20 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2009 New Orleans 16 31 13 44 5.5 33 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Career Totals (Full) 118 336 95 431 47.0 293 1 8 0 1 16 31 1

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