Geneo Grissom

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Geneo Grissom
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Grissom with the Patriots in 2015
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-04) June 4, 1992 (age 27)
Hutchinson, Kansas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Hutchinson
(Hutchinson, Kansas)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:14
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Geneo Grissom (born June 4, 1992) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Oklahoma. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round with the 97th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.[1][2][3]

College career[edit]

After redshirting in 2010 with the Sooners, Grissom played as a reserve defensive tackle in his 2011 and 2012, picking up 9 total tackles and one tackle for a loss.[4]

In 2013, Grissom saw his first career start come against ULM Warhawks in which he recorded two tackles. His first interception came on October 12 against the Texas Longhorns, which he returned 54 yards for a touchdown. In the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, Grissom recorded 2.5 sacks, broke up a pass, and recovered two fumbles. He returned one of these fumbles for an eight-yard touchdown and had a total of 34 return yards.[4]

As a senior at Oklahoma in 2014, Grissom was named an honorable mention for the All-Big 12 after recording 39 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the year.[5] Over his four seasons at Oklahoma, he registered 88 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions while playing in 39 games with 12 starts.[6]

Professional career[edit]

On November 10, 2014, it was announced that Grissom had accepted his invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.[7] On January 24, 2015, Grissom appeared in the Senior Bowl for Jacksonville Jaguars' Gus Bradley's South team and assisted on three tackles during their 34-13 loss.[8] He was one of 33 collegiate linebackers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Grissom performed all of the combine drills and finished fifth among all linebackers in the vertical jump, sixth in the bench press, tied for 14th in the broad jump and three-cone drill, and 20th in the 40-yard dash.[9] On March 11, 2015, he participated at Oklahoma's pro day and opted to perform nearly all of the combine drills again. Unfortunately, he was unable to have a better performance, but was able to impress team representatives and scouts in positional drills. He also showed his versatility and athleticism by also taking part in tight end drills at Oklahoma's pro day. New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick stated that Grissom's tight end drills were, "As good as we saw all year."[10] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Grissom was projected to be a fifth or sixth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. he was ranked the 18th best outside linebacker prospect in the draft by[11]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
262 lb
(119 kg)
33 38 in
(0.85 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.81 s 1.65 s 2.78 s 4.38 s 7.24 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12][13]

New England Patriots[edit]

The New England Patriots selected Grissom in the third round (97th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the 14th defensive end selected in 2015. Belichick also stated Grissom could possibly play interior defensive line positions.[14]


On May 9, 2015, the New England Patriots signed Grissom to a four-year, $2.89 million contract that included a signing bonus of $581,948.[15][16]

Throughout training camp, he competed against Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette, Zach Moore, and Xzavier Dickson.[17] He was named the third right defensive end on the Patriots' depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard.[18]

He made his professional regular season debut in the New England Patriots' season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and assisted on one tackle during their 28-21 victory. He made his first career tackle with teammate Alan Branch on Steelers' running back DeAngelo Williams after he ran for a six-yard gain in the first quarter.[19] On October 29, 2015, Grissom recorded a season-high two combined tackles as the Patriots routed the Miami Dolphins 36-7. On January 1, 2016, Grissom made one solo tackle and his first career sack on Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill in New England's 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was mainly used on special teams and as a reserve on defense his rookie season. Grissom finished the season with six combined tackles (three solo) and one sack in 14 games.[6] The New England Patriots finished the 2015 season atop the AFC East with a 12-4 record. Grissom was inactive throughout the playoffs as the Patriots went on to lose in the AFC Championship to the eventual Super Bowl 50 Champions the Denver Broncos.[20]


He competed with Chris Long, Trey Flowers, and Frank Kearse throughout training camp for a backup defensive end role.[21] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[22][23] He was promoted to the active roster on October 15, 2016.[24] On November 27, 2016, Grissom assisted on two tackles during a 22-17 victory as the New York Jets.

On January 14, 2017, he appeared in his first career playoff game during a 34-16 victory over the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round.


Grissom was released by the Patriots on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[25][26] He was promoted to the active roster on September 22, 2017.[27] He was released by the Patriots on November 9, 2017 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[28][29] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 2, 2017.[30]


On November 6, 2018, Grissom was waived by the Patriots.[31]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On January 1, 2019, Grissom was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.[32]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On May 13, 2019, Grissom signed with the New Orleans Saints.[33] He was released during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[34]

Personal life[edit]

On July 20, 2015, Grissom married his long-term college girlfriend, Haley Eastham. They have a dog named Nyla.


  1. ^ "Patriots sign third-round pick Geneo Grissom | ProFootballTalk". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Grissom glad for what life has drummed up – a shot at NFL | Pro Sports |". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "OU Sports Extra - Geneo Grissom hopes late OU career surge pays dividends in NFL Draft". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Geneo Grissom Biography - Oklahoma Sooners". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Patriots sign third-round draft pick DL Geneo Grissom | New England Patriots". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Chance Linton (November 10, 2014). "Geneo Grissom accepts Senior Bowl Invite". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "NORTH vs. SOUTH - Game Summary - January 30, 2016 - ESPN". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  9. ^ James Brady (February 22, 2015). "NFL Combine 2015: Full results for linebackers". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bill Belichick: Geneo Grissom's Pro Day workout at tight end was 'as good as we saw all year'". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Geneo Grissom, DS #18 OLB, Oklahoma". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Geneo Grissom". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Geneo GGrissom, DS #18 OLB, Oklahoma". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Rich Hill (May 2, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft: Analysis of Patriots 3rd Round Pick ED Geneo Grissom". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Doug Kyed (May 9, 2015). "Patriots Officially Sign Third-Round Pick Geneo Grissom To Contract". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  16. ^ " Geneo Grissom contract". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  17. ^ " New England Patriots' depth chart: 07/01/2015". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  18. ^ " New England Patriots depth chart: 10/01/2015". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 1-2015: Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "NFL Player stats: Geneo Grissom (2015)". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  21. ^ " New England Patriots' depth chart: 07/01/2016". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  22. ^ "Patriots reach the 53-man roster limit". September 3, 2016.
  23. ^ "Patriots sign eight players to the practice squad". September 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "Patriots sign DL Geneo Grisson and DL Anthony Johnson to the 53-man roster; Place LB Jonathan Freeny and TE Greg Scruggs on Injured Reserve". October 15, 2016.
  25. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017.
  26. ^ "Patriots sign nine to the practice squad". September 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "Patriots Sign DL Geneo Grissom to the 53-Man Roster; Place DL Vincent Valentine on Injured Reserve; Sign WR Riley McCarron to Practice Squad". September 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett Off Waivers from Green Bay; Release DL Geneo Grissom; Make Changes to the Practice Squad". November 9, 2017.
  29. ^ "Patriots Sign DL Geneo Grissom to the Practice Squad; Release OL Anthony Fabiano from the Practice Squad". November 11, 2017.
  30. ^ "Patriots Make A Series of Roster Transactions". December 2, 2017.
  31. ^ "Patriots Make a Series of Roster Moves". November 6, 2018.
  32. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign Free Agent DE Geneo Grissom". January 1, 2019.
  33. ^ "Saints Announce Roster Moves Following Rookie Minicamp". May 13, 2019.
  34. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster moves". August 30, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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