KANSAS CITY, Mo.—As the play unfolded, nobody at Arrowhead Stadium expected Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant to truck Chiefs safety Ron Parker. Even Grant, an extremely confident man, didn’t envision his 5-foot-7 body flattening Parker.
But he did. Grant caught a pass from Jay Cutler at the line of scrimmage and evaded at least three tackles, including plowing Parker, on his route to the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown.
“I just made a play,” Grant said. “I just lowered my pads and ran over the guy.
“Didn’t think I was gonna run him over, but I ended up doing it. When he fell off, it was easy running. Great execution by the whole offense there, the linemen getting out and making great blocks and letting me be able to see the holes and execute.”
Grant has been saying for two years he’s more than merely a return man and he’s been proving it over the last few weeks. As his playing time on offense has increased, so has his presence as a big-play threat.
In the win over New England, he made a great jump to catch a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler against cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. He was open on another long pass as well, but dropped it.
In today’s 29-13 loss to the Chiefs, Grant set career-highs with four catches for a team-best 107 yards.
“He played his ass off,” Kenny Stills said. “You see him breaking tackles, getting in the end zone. I think it’s the first time we’ve broken loose on a screen all year. Jakeem’s a special player, and I’m happy for him.
“We see it every day. It’s just a matter of him getting included in the game plan and proving it to the coaches. I’m happy for him.”
While there’s got to be some vindication and satisfaction in putting up that game, Grant was less than joyful considering the Dolphins’ playoff hopes ended.
“It was good, but I’m not worried about the passes and being involved,” he said. “As long as we win, that’s what I’m more focused about. We didn’t do that today, so all that doesn’t mean anything to me.”
Grant has 10 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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