DAVIE — Jakeem Grant calls DeVante Parker, “Big Monster.”
Grant and Parker both play outside wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins.
But Grant is 5-feet-7, 169 pounds.
And Parker is 6-feet-3, 212 pounds.
That’s an eight-inch, 43-pound difference.
“I’m Little Monster,” Grant said Friday. “I pick up when he needs a breather. I feed off of him. He’s a good guy to look up to and he makes a lot of plays.”
It seems likely Grant will start for Parker, who is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.
Does Grant run the exact same plays as Parker?
“The plays are the plays,” Grant said. “He’s the bigger guy. And I’m the short quicker guy. And so you never know what you’re going to get. If DeVante is. He’s a big, fast guy. And I’m the quick guy. I can take a slant ball to the house. And so can ‘Vante.”
When Jay Cutler threw a deep pass over the middle and into the end zone toward Grant in Sunday’s defeat of Tennessee, coach Adam Gase was intrigued.
“I saw the ball go up the seam and I was like, ‘This will be interesting.'” Gase said. “Because the ball looked like it came out pretty high. So you know it was a good job. Jay put it in a pretty good spot to where they couldn’t do anything about it. I think if Jakeem times his jump just a little different we may have been able to pull that one in.”
Instead, Adoree Jackson broke up the play.
Does Gase do anything different with Grant in Parker’s place?
“There are some things that you just avoid,” Gase said. “And there are some things that you can still do the same thing. You know, the quarterback has really got to lower his target. Sometimes it’s hard to see him. There will be certain routes we try not to do with him. If you stand right behind the quarterback and try to see what he’s seeing, it’s tougher than you think. The line is a bunch of big guys. A lot of them are extremely tall. You’re trying to find those throwing lanes and all off the sudden you see a little flash. It can get difficult sometimes.”
Gase said Grant has an advantage because all week he’s known there’s a good chance he’ll play a lot.
In the last game, Grant ran a few plays he had never taken a live rep on.
“You know, the smallest mistake can get magnified,” Gase said. “I think (Grant) learned a valuable lesson. I know he is studying extremely hard. He does his own. Him and (Leonte) Carroo do their own walk-throughs to talk and walk through the plays. They’ve done an outstanding job of being consistent throughout the spring. Once they got through that first year and kind of realized what it takes to become a pro. Kenny (Stills) has really guided those guys and started helping them.”
Grant said that his confidence has grown since his arrival last season.
While he may not have grown, his confidence really has.
“My confidence is such that no one can stop me,” Grant said. “All I have to do is go out there and when I get the opportunity, just put it out on film.
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