Spotlight on Cornelius Griffin

Here's something we bet you didn't know. Griffin had more effort plays than any other defensive lineman last season.

A quick look at the early camp one-on-one drills shows that Cornelius Griffin is healthy. He's been practically undefeated in those situations during camp's opening week. Griffin, who's been plagued by various injuries throughout his career, is poised for a huge year.

Not that he was all that bad last season.

Here's something we bet you didn't know. Griffin had more effort plays than any other defensive lineman last season.

Yes, that includes Strahan. Griffin also led the club - and Strahan - in D-line ratio. That is the number of snaps compared to the number of times you make something happen. No the sacks might not have been there for Griffin in 2002 - although he did record a hat trick in Washington - but he played just fine, if you ask DL Coach Denny Marcin.

"If he can improve on what he did last year, he'll be fine," Marcin said. "People don't realize what he did last year."

Marcin said if Griffin can improve his footwork slightly and pass rush to the whistle a litter better he'll become a household name.

"I don't worry about him - everyone else does, but I don't," Marcin said. "He's always trying to get better. This year, he should be real good."

Griffin, who's heading into his contract year, said he feels great so far this summer.

"I'm feeling good and healthy," he said. "I'm looking to come out on fire this season. What's behind me is behind me.

I'm looking forward. That's my focus. I see domination in my future."

He also sees a much brighter future since his recent marriage. Griffin tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Kimberly in Montgomery, Ala. on June 28.

"That was a great move," he said. "That should definitely help my game out. I'm more focused. I'm at home, eating right and sleeping right."


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