Jakeem Grant will be a weapon in Cleveland Browns offense
Jakeem Grant is a Pro Bowl returner but he can do more than just help the Cleveland Browns special teams improve, he’s also going to be a weapon on offense
A move the Cleveland Browns made in the offseason that didn’t get a lot of attention was the signing of Jakeem Grant. A two-time Pro Bowler as a return man, Grant’s arrival does have fans excited about what he can do in the return game.
However, his ability to help on offense has been seriously overlooked. That’s understandable since he’s been used sparingly on offense to this point in his career. In seven seasons with Miami and Chicago, Grant has just 100 receptions for 1,140 yards and seven touchdowns.
He’s also not really been given many opportunities to show what he can do. That appears to be changing in Cleveland as he’s been used quite often as the third receiver in practices and is making the most of his chances.
Cleveland Browns want to feature Jakeem Grant
Grant has shown his speed and was called an “electric player” by Kevin Stefanski. Camryn Justice shared a video where Grant shows this as he fires off the line, gets past Martin Emerson with a quick cut and settles in a soft spot where Deshaun Watson hits him for a first-down before Grant Delpit can get to him.
They’ve also been working on hitch passes which will allow Grant to use his ability as a return man to pick apart the defense. Here, Lance Reisland shows Grant and Watson working on this play, with Watson getting the ball to his outside shoulder so he can turn and burn.
You would like to see Grant not bobble the ball, but that’s why they work on the little things in practice.
With injuries suffered by Isaiah Weston, David Bell, and Anthony Schwartz, Grant has been able to play more than expected and has been on the field with the first team quite often. That has him lined up in the slot often but he also looks comfortable working on the outside despite being just 5-foot-7 and 171-pounds.
Early in camp, he made an impressive catch on a pass that was slightly high — and wasn’t bothered in the least by the approaching safety on this throw.
It’s not as if Grant is set to be a 1,000-yard receiver but he brings speed and experience to a receiving corps that needs both of those traits.
Throw in the fact that he’s worked on a few double reverse plays and it’s apparent Stefanski and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt have a plan for Grant to be a weapon in their offense.