Tag:Charles Grant
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:39 pm

Kevin Williams, Will Smith suspended two games

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The fall out from the StarCaps case is officially complete.

Already, we had told you about Vikings defensive end Kevin Williams and the likelihood of his original four-game suspension being reduced to two games, and today comes word, via Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, that Saints defensive end Will Smith will face the same two-game suspension.*

*The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that Smith still will miss four game checks. So will Williams, by the way.

The suspensions for Smith and Williams begin Saturday, Sept. 3 and end Sept. 19. The four game checks will cost Smith $1.5 million.

Charles Grant and Pat Williams, both of whom are free agents, also have been suspended.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 9:16 pm

Hot Routes 10.19.10 vi

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Vince Young thought his season was over when he left the field on Monday night. That's understandable, especially considering how close Young appeared to being seriously injured when he fumbled a snap, recovered the snap and then tried to get up and run with the ball even after his knee hit the ground. Instincts and athleticism and whatever aside, there's only one option at that point in time for any NFL quarterback: fall on the freaking ball and lay there, praying you don't get smushed.
  • Sean Payton was apparently running his mouth against the Buccaneers on Sunday. That seems karmically foolish for the same reasons as pointing and laughing at your seven-year-old cousin when you block his basketball shots is mean. Or something. 
  • This may come as a surprise, but Jacksonville Jaguars fans are about as happy with Jack Del Rio as anyone who played against Chris Johnson in fantasy this week.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 1:36 pm

Teammates sound surprised by Bears cut

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy talked a little about Mark Anderson last night and about the reasons why the Bears released him.

In effect, it didn’t seem that Andy was all that surprised. The same can’t be said for his teammates, as evidenced in this Chicago Tribune story.

As Brad Biggs writes:

The private reaction by multiple Bears players as the news broke was unified.


That's how they replied via text messages. It's not that Anderson had been performing at a high level. But the Bears went from benching a veteran defensive lineman in Week 3 -- Tommie Harris -- to cutting one who was playing regularly after Week 4. That kind of moves catches even veterans who know NFL stands for Not For Long off guard. Maybe that very thought played a factor in the Bears' decision to make the move. Whether they will admit it or not, veterans now will be wondering when the shoe will fall again. Even starters will be on the lookout.

Grant Meanwhile, DE Charles Grant, who was signed by Chicago on Tuesday to replace Anderson, gets another chance – a few days after he was waived by the UFL.

In the Tribune, Grant calls it a rebirth. Considering the Omaha Nighthawks had just released him, I'd call this a miracle that only Nikki Sixx could understand.

And remember when Grant – who was indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge – pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor from a 2008 incident at a Georgia bar in 2008 in which a pregnant woman was shot to death?

Well, Grant has an interesting take on that incident.

"I didn't do anything with that case. I was a victim,'' Grant said. "I had never gotten in trouble in my life.”

I guess Grant forgot about this case in 2001 when he was arrested after allegedly offering an undercover officer $50 for sex.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:36 pm

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s hard to explain the fall of Mark Anderson. It hasn’t been quick, that’s for sure. His fall has actually been more of a tumble.
By now you know that Anderson exploded onto the NFL scene with a 12-sack rookie season. Then, apparently, he resolved to never steal the spotlight like that again. In the four seasons since his NFL debut, he has posted sack totals of 5, 1, 3.5 and 0 (2010). These are sack totals for seasons, not games.

Tuesday, the Bears finally said enough is enM. Anderson (US Presswire)ough. They released the either four-year underachiever or one-year overachiever. Replacing Anderson will be Charles Grant, the ninth-year veteran whom the Saints cut, ironically, after signing ex-Bear Alex Brown this past offseason.

Anderson’s lack of production will forever be a mystery. This wasn’t a Tommie Harris case where injuries tarnished a wealth of athleticism. Anderson has always had startling speed off the edge, and he seems to get faster when in pursuit (he made several splash plays this past Sunday night against the Giants). He has never been an adequate run-defender, though. Ultimately, this was his fatal flaw.

Grant is one of the better base end run anchors in the game. He tailed off somewhat after signing a mega contract in 2007, but he hasn’t exhibited any glaring effort issues.

That said, the Bears don’t necessarily need an elite run-defender on the edge. Including their second half debacle Sunday night, they’re giving up just 77 yards per game on the ground (sixth best in football). Israel Idonije, who wound up beating out Anderson for the starting job, is a big-bodied veteran who has experience playing inside. In other words, if the Bears want an anchor, they can turn to him.
But the Bears don’t need an anchor anyway. Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith run a Cover 2 scheme that prioritizes penetration from the front four and relies on star linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs to make plays. Skill-wise, Anderson is actually a better fit than Grant in Chicago’s scheme.

This isn’t to say the Bears made the wrong move. The coaches, who know Anderson better than anyone, have tried to upgrade at the end position before (remember the trade for the late Gaines Adams last year?). But since Grant is a questionable fit, don’t be surprised if fourth-round rookie Corey Wooten, a 270-pounder, is the one who ends up getting more playing time.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:20 pm

Will Allen to IR hurts Dolphins DBs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So much for keeping DL Charles Grant, CB Will Allen, DL Marques Douglas and OL Cory Procter around on the 53-man roster.

As Miami selected four players off the waiver wire (Clifton Geathers from Cleveland, Robert Rose from Seattle, Joe Reitz from Baltimore and Jermey Parnell from New Orleans), four of the Dolphins who thought they made the team Saturday were gone today.

Allen – who tore his ACL last October but still hasn’t recovered – might be the most important deletion. He was placed on IR, meaning he’s lost for the year and leaving the Dolphins secondary in a bit of turmoil. CB Sean Smith has not been impressive in training camp, Jason Allen – who’s bounced between safety and corner – reportedly has replaced him in the starting lineup and Miami has released Nate Ness (he was immediately snapped up by Seattle).

“I feel comfortable with the group. I think Vontae (Davis) has really had a really good camp, so I feel really comfortable there,” coach Tony Sparano told the media today. “I thought Jason Allen had a really productive camp. I think Sean’s (Smith) gotten better. I know that Sean had a couple rough go’s at times in a few ball games, but I feel the guy’s gotten better. He’s another one of these two-year players.

“The addition of Nolan Carroll I think is going to be good for us there, and Benny (Sapp is a good addition). I think those people will help us a little bit; they give us jobs at the game and at the same time are competitive corners. We’ve got five corners that I feel like can go in the game and compete. We’ll see. I know they’re young; I got it, but they were young last year too.”

With that comfort level – even though many of us think he shouldn’t feel comfortable at all – that made it easier to place Allen on IR.

“Obviously knowing more about Sean and Vontae and seeing the progress of Jason Allen makes those decisions easier I think,” Sparano said. “Getting the surprise, I wouldn’t call it a surprise, I shouldn’t call it that, but seeing the progress of Nolan Carroll throughout this whole camp. I think those type of guys make that decision a little bit easier. It certainly isn’t an easy decision to be able to do that with a ten year guy.”

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:05 am

Dolphins add another DE

C. Grant signed with Miami to compete for a DE spot (Getty). The Dolphins still are trying to make up for the loss of DE Philip Merling, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the offseason. After signing Marques Douglas to the squad on Tuesday, Miami took a chance on former New Orleans DE Charles Grant, inking him to a two-year deal.

As the Miami Herald writes, Grant has plenty to prove.

He missed the Saints playoff run last year because of a torn triceps muscle, and he has faced legal issues the past two years.

The Herald has the particulars:

Grant, you see, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a February 2008 altercation in a bar – what else? – in which a pregnant woman was shot to death. Grant initially denied being an instigator or a participant in the incident.

But that changed when the issue went to court. He pleaded no contest to affray, which means fighting. Assistant District Attorney Ron Smith told the Associated Press Grant was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the Early County Sheriff's Office for his role in the fight.  Grant, who is from Colquitt, Ga., was stabbed in the neck during the fight in nearby Blakely that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Korynda Reed.

Smith said Grant's longtime friend, Laquient Macklin, and Grant's cousin, Marshae Stromer, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and affray and paid $1,000 fines and were put on two years probation.

Grant won’t automatically move into a starting spot. He’ll have to compete with Douglas and Kendall Langford for that position – it appears first-round pick Jared Odrick will take the other DE spot – and Grant will play in a 3-4 defense for the first time. But based on past production, Grant, who’s more accomplished than any other DE on the Dolphins roster, will have a good shot at earning plenty of playing time.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 8:01 pm

UFL'S Omaha Nighthawks rich with NFL names

Pro Football Talk compiled a list of former NFL players who are now on the roster for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. It’s borderline stunning:

The list includes, among others, former Eagles guard Shawn Andrews, former Saints defensive end Charles Grant, former Cardinals defensive tackle Wendell Bryant, former Steelers and Panthers cornerback Ricardo Colclough, former Raiders receiver Ronald Curry, former Raiders running back Justin Fargas, former Packers and Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson, former Seahawks, Packers, and Texans running back Ahman Green, former first-round quarterback Patrick Ramsey, and former Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter.

The three names that jump out are Andrews, Grant and Curry. Andrews has essentially been out of football the past two years. But prior to his depression and back injuries, he was a Pro Bowl mauler with major potential. It’s hard to believe no one has picked him up.

Grant was a starter for the Saints until he got hurt at the end of last season. In 2007, he signed a seven-year deal worth $20 million in guarantees. He may have tapped the breaks just a bit after getting rich, but not to the extent that you would have guessed he’d be out of the league by 2010.

Curry’s career has been derailed by injuries (mainly Achilles problems). But when healthy, he proved to be one of the best raw athletes in the game.

UPDATE: The UFL has released a statement regarding NFL players on rosters: "Players listed on UFL rosters are a combination of signed and unsigned players. Teams own the UFL rights to the players listed on their respective roster provided they are not signed to another professional team's roster."

In other words, just because a player is on a UFL roster doesn't mean he'll be playing in the UFL in 2010.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 5:27 pm

Saints release 'speechless' McCray

The most interesting news of the day has to be the New Orleans Saints releasing DE Bobby McCray. Not because McCray has been an established starter during his six-year career in the NFL (he’s started less than 40 percent of the time). And not because McCray was all-world last year for the Super Bowl winners (he had 1.5 sacks and eight tackles on the season, but much of that can be attributed to a lingering back injury).
The release is noteworthy – and surprising – because McCray has worked with the first-team defense most of the offseason, and with the release of DE Charles Grant shortly after last season, observers figured McCray would jump the starting spot opposite Will Smith. Apparently not.

McCray told WWL-TV that he was speechless, but according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Larry Holder . McCray might have begun to lose the interest of coach Sean Payton last year when he was continuously late to team meetings, including one on Super Bowl media day. Payton wrote about those incidents in his book, “Home Team” .  Payton also wondered aloud during the actual Super Bowl whether McCray was “tough enough."

The DWI for which he was arrested in November certainly didn’t help matters. Also, Pro Football Talk has theorized the Saints dumped McCray, because they would have owed him a $1.25 million roster bonus in 10 days.

But fear not. The Saints have some options to replace McCray. In the offseason, they signed Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson, and the way it looks now, Brown would be the first to get a chance to win the spot that’s been vacated by McCray.

--Josh Katzowitz

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