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Dolphins rookie Jakeem Grant must avoid becoming 2016's Phillip Livas

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To Make Final 53, 'Mighty Mouse' Must Do More Than Return Punts

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

During the Summer of 2011, many Dolphin fans were rightly excited by the most electric return man the team had had on its roster in years. His name was Phillip Livas, and the undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech was a human highlight reel during training camp. He then continued his exciting play into the preseason, returning a punt for a touchdown in a road win at Atlanta.

As September drew near, however, the team inexplicably waived Livas, in favor of another rookie receiver, opting to keep the 'all-speed-no-hands-no-receiving-skills' Clyde Gates instead. Gates ended up being nearly invisible during his time in Miami and subsequently washed out with the New York Jets, while Livas, who spent time in the Baltimore Ravens organization, never played a regular-season game in the NFL, and last played for Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos, a couple of years ago.

This spring, the Dolphins drafted Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant in the sixth round, and the hope among the team's fans is that Grant will do more than become just an answer to a trivia question a few years from now.  Grant was a four-way threat during his college days, producing big plays on the ground and through the air, as well as on punt and kickoff returns.

To succeed where Livas failed, or, at least to prevent the team from choosing another, potentially less impactful player from making the final roster ahead of him, Grant must make an impact on offense, as well as on special teams. In new Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, he would seem to have the ideal offensive mind to let him do just that. Let's all hope that Jakeem Grant is still on the team in September; he's too exciting a player to let walk, and we could sorely use a guy like him in the lineup.