Does Adam Gase see Jakeem Grant or Leonte Carroo making an impact?

Jakeem Grant scores a touchdown against Philadelphia. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — Someone asked Dolphins coach Adam Gase to provide an update on reserve wide receivers Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo here at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.

Gase spent some time talking about Grant and then maybe sort of forgot to comment on Carroo.

There was a follow-up and a few words about Carroo, but it’s fair to wonder if the former third-rounder will ever make an impact.

Jarvis Landry may be traded soon and it would not be fair to suggest that either Grant or Carroo can do the things the Pro Bowler does. But they certainly could be in line for a greater future opportunity.

It sounds like Gase is a bit more encouraged about Grant.

“Jakeem got some opportunities this year and made the most of them,” Gase said. “We had high expectations going in, especially after training camp, that we felt like there was gonna be a little bit of a jump there. I think it just got tough for him where he was getting beat up just a little bit on some of the kickoff returns and punt returns, and he lost a little juice there in the middle of the season. Then once he really got comfortable, he made an impact on our offense. We’re looking to build on that. I feel like we have a good idea of what’s the right amount for him and what he can do what we can have success with him. We’ll kinda see how this year goes and what else we can do with him.”

Grant is only 5-foot-6 and he’s a former sixth rounder. But he has dynamic speed, both as a returner and outside receiver.

And this is important to note. The Dolphins have viewed both Grant and Carroo as more capable on the outside. So really, neither is the ideal replacement for Landry.

Kenny Stills can play some slot and so Grant or Carroo or another player could possibly play some outside on downs in which Stills moves inside. But it’s fair to assume Miami will also add one more more receivers in free agency and the draft.

Grant had 13 catches for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, including a 65-yarder.

In two seasons, Carroo has 10 catches. Gase seemed to indicate Carroo is still a developmental prospect.

“We’re still just bringing him along,” Gase said. “I think he has a better feel for the offense. Sometimes it’s tough to find that role when you had those three guys (Landry, Stills and DeVante Parker) really that we all trusted and didn’t want off the field. We were doing a lot of ’11’ personnel where all three wideouts were on the field, and when we go to our ’12’ personnel package it was Jarvis and one of those other two guys. It’s a tough, tough lineup to crack. His biggest thing is always just keep finding a way to get better, and when (Carroo) gets his opportunity—he’s done a good job when we’ve thrown him in there and he’s made some plays when we needed him to.”

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