WR Jakeem Grant - Miami Dolphins
|5-6, 165||Born: 10-30-1992||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
The ugliness continues for the Dolphins and Wilson after he managed to catch 2 of his 4 targets for just 13 yards. 12 of those yards came on a single play and the rest of the day it seemed as if he was barely on the field. Wilson injured his calf at one point in the game and his return was questionable. Some may wonder if he truly hurt himself or if he did not want to go back on the field as the team continued to get embarrassed. Wilson will have to battle with Parker, Hurns, and Grant the rest of the season for targets.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
With how much both Rosen and Fitzpatrick struggled, it was not surprising to see Grant struggle as well. He was targeted 7 times and caught 3 of them. The 7 targets tied for the team lead and he was given a carry in the run game. Grant was stopped for -4 yards on the carry, but he did have a long 16-yard catch down the middle that accounted for the majority of his 22 yards. It has been a slow start for Grant since signing his extension and it looks like it will be a long season for everyone in Miami.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Grant was second on the team with 7 targets but ended up being 4th in yards this week. His longest catch was 10 yards and he was also given the ball on a jet sweep that went for 4 yards. Grant has the speed to break off a big play, but he has not clicked with Rosen and seems to disappear in the offense behind Williams, Parker, and Drake. He is still handling kick and punt returns but he has yet to make a big play there either. Grant will lose the most value when Albert Wilson comes back from injury and may be pushed even further by Allen Hurns with a similar skill set. Grant had plenty of opportunity this week but was unable to deliver for the Dolphins.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
It has been a long season already for Grant in the offense. He continues to handle the kick and punt return duties, but they do not utilize his speed in the offense. He was targeted a single time and caught the ball for 6 yards. Grant was also given the ball on a jet sweep and was tackled in the back field for a loss of 2 yards. That is not enough touches for a player that can break a big play any time he touches the ball. Rosen does not have much time to throw the ball but could easily complete a quick slant or even screen to Grant and just see what he can make happen with his legs. This offense has no identity right now and Grant is no more than a glorified return man at the moment.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 1 rush)
It seems like it should be easy to make a name for yourself in the Miami offense. They have traded away the majority of their skill players and are giving several guys a chance to make big plays. Enter Grant this week and his 2 touchdowns. The first score came on a 101-yard kick return. He fielded the ball in the end zone and took off down the middle of the field. After making a few guys miss and cutting to the outside it became a foot race to the end zone with only the kicker to beat. This brought the score to 23-14 and gave the Dolphins some hope going into the second half. Grant then made another big play when the offense ran a trick play with Ballage taking the direct snap and handing to Grant on the end around. Grant took the ball 7 yards off the right end and into the end zone. Both plays were an impressive showcase of speed and ability to make a defender miss. Grant also caught all 3 of his targets for 32 yards and showed that Miami should work him into the offensive game plan more often.
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After returning a kick for a touchdown and scoring a rushing touchdown last week, Grant suffered a setback and left the game with a foot injury. He was able to walk to the sideline but then was carted down the tunnel to be looked at. No broken bones have been reported but he was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot. It is another blow to an already thin receiving core for Miami. Grant had a single target and no catches at the time of the injury.
2018 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Grant was the second leading receiver this week but made more of an impact on special teams than he did with the first team offense. He was targeted 7 times but made minimal gains with all his catches. His big contribution was a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. This came right after the Titans had tied the game 10-10 to start the 4th quarter. Grant will have to continue to contribute on special teams if he wants to see a role in the offense, especially with the return of Davante Parker looming.
2018 Week 3 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 70 / 2 rec)
Miami dug deep into its bag of tricks to help break Grant free this week. With Tannehill as quarterback he saw 2 targets and had 1 catch for 18 yards and a touchdown, but with Albert Wilson throwing the ball he had 1 catch for 52 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill handed the ball off to Drake, who pitched it to Albert Wilson who had come in motion, Wilson rolled right, and Grant was left all alone on a swing route down the right sideline. He broke one tackle and side stepped another defender for the long touchdown. His 18-yard touchdown from Tannehill was a jet sweep where the ball was tossed forward instead of backwards and resulted in a passing touchdown instead of a rushing. Miami has several speedy weapons on offense and Grant showed why he made the team out of camp. Do not expect this type of result every week for Grant, but more so only when Miami finds a hole they think they can exploit.
2018 Week 5 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It has been a toss-up between Grant and Wilson all season and this week he was shut out on the offensive side of the ball. Grant was still able to make his presence felt on special teams this week with a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown. This put the Dolphins up 17-0 at the time and looked to be the nail in the coffin. Unfortunately, that is not how the game played out and Grant only had 1 other target. The Dolphins are going to have to try and get the ball out quickly next week against the Bears pass rush and it may lead to more opportunity for Grant.
2018 Week 8 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
With all the injuries to other receivers, Grant was supposed to play a much bigger role this week. He was second on the team with 8 targets, but only caught half due to the ineffective play of Osweiler. Grant's longest catch was 16 yards and that accounted for almost half of his total. He had another play that almost ended in disaster. Grant caught the ball about 10 yards down the field and was hit hard by a defender. The hit came right on the elbow that was holding the ball and it flew into the air and further down the field to DaVante Parker who happened to be in the right place at the right time. It could have easily turned into a fumble or interception, but a teammate bailed him out. Grant should continue to see increased work for the rest of the season, but he will need better quarterback play if he wants to produce.
2018 Week 9 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Just like the rest of the receiving core, Grant did not have a great game. It all came down to an ineffective Osweiler. Grant hauled in 1 of his 2 targets for 16 yards. More than half the targets went to 2 players this week and Grant was not one of them. He took a quick slant across the middle for his lone reception. Grant was another guy who was supposed to benefit from Albert Wilson going on the IR, but that has not happened thus far.
2018 Week 10 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The return of Parker has spelled doom for Grant in recent weeks. He did not register a single target this week and was used solely as a return man. He saw an increase in volume for a brief moment after Albert Wilson was lost for the season but has lost any such edge with the connection between Osweiler and Amendola, and Parker being active. Grant has the ability to run by guys and may have a few big plays left in him this year, but he is not a consistent option going forward.
2017 Week 16 vs KC (6 / 4 / 107 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Jakeem Grant caught four of his six targets for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs, and was absolutely the star of the day for the Dolphins offense. Grant was able to create two long gains, which came on the same exactly play. It was a screen pass to the left side of the formation that Cutler used play-action to get the defense moving one way while turning and throw a screen to Grant on the opposite side. Grant then used his speed and make several quick cuts on the first play, gaining 26 yards. On the second screen pass, Grant got up to top speed so quickly that he was able to run over two Chiefs defenders while breaking four tackles on his way to a 65 yard touchdown. Grant is only 5-7, 169 pounds, but he was instant energy for the Dolphins and they need to continue to figure out ways to get him involved in the offense.