Cleveland Browns’ offseason moves being overshadowed number 2- Jakeem Grant, returner/wide receiver
It is no exaggeration to say that the Browns’ special teams, especially the return game, have not been good the past couple of years. Clearly, general manager Andrew Berry believes they must improve in the return game signing a former pro bowl returner in Jakeem Grant. After using multiple different returns each year with little results Berry targeted and acquired a major upgrade.
In Grant’s career, he has six total return touchdowns including a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown last season. But it isn’t just about the touchdowns, you also must look at the ability to change field position and create shorter fields for the offense. For punt returns, he averages 10.3 per return as well as 24.5 yards per return on kickoffs.
Grant boasts great speed and is slippery in the open field, though he hasn’t produced a ton as a receiver he still provides depth and ability for trick plays. You can use him for jet sweeps, line him up in the backfield, screen games in the open field, and other ways to utilize his speed and ability in the open field.
Another signing that isn’t setting the world on fire but again it makes the overall roster better.