Jakeem Grant’s convincing case to be big-play threat in Dolphins offense

Jakeem Grant’s been on fire lately. (Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

MINNEAPOLIS—This looks like the time for Jakeem Grant to back up his talk that he’s a receiver first, returner second. He wrapped up a strong preseason in the Minnesota game Thursday and he’s in line for a real role in the Dolphins’ offense.

Grant caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings and would’ve had more if not for some penalties. In four preseason games, he went for eight receptions, 230 yards and two touchdowns.

“I was just trying to go out there and make a play and just show everybody I’m a receiver before a returner,” he said. “I was just going out there and making plays and doing whatever I can to still be consistent and have the coaches be able to trust me. That’s another step that I took tonight.

“I just want to stack up play after play so the coaches know, ‘Whenever I put Jakeem in, there’s gonna be a big play.’”

That thought is certainly in Adam Gase’s head.

Grant’s an unusual weapon at 5-foot-7, 169 pounds, but he has exceptional speed. The Vikings couldn’t keep up with him whatsoever, and that speed will translate against first stringers as long as his hands are good.

While his speed made him intriguing last year, too, he’s far more refined now than he was going into the 2016 season.

“I don’t feel like it was on their end; it was more on my end of not being ready,” he said. “This year, I’m night and day from last year as far as being a better player and a better pro, just learning the ins and outs and learning from veteran guys like Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.”

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