There was a lot of talk during the Miami Dolphins’ offseason training program about the speed of rookie wide receiver Jakeem Grant. Friday’s first practice of training camp, did not change any of those observations.
Andy Cohen of Dolphins.com wrote of Grant’s practice:
Sometimes when rookie blur Jakeem Grant has the ball in his hands, it’s almost unfair to the defensive guy trying to stay with him. He’s just too quick, too shifty.
Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero had a few Twitter observations of Grant:
Jakeem Grant just toasted Tony Lippett. #cornerbackissues— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) July 29, 2016
Jakeem Grant is making everyone look silly in special teams drills.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) July 29, 2016
Salguero then added in his post-practice roundup:
During special teams drills, rookie Jakeem Grant looked great. He is quick and practically impossible to get hold of in space.
Salguero’s Miami Herald colleague Barry Jackson tweeted:
Jakeem Grant, who everybody loves, just juked Chekwa with crafty move, left him in dust. Grant evolution will be interesting— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 29, 2016
South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly also tweeted about the Grant versus Chekwa play:
Jakeem Grant just shake and baked Chimdi Chekwa on a kickoff return drill. He was ghost.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) July 29, 2016
It was only one day, and things could change once pads come on in a couple of days, but early looks at Grant seem to indicate the Dolphins found a special player. They will have to find ways to get the ball into his hands early in the preseason to see exactly what the 5-foot-7 wide receiver can do in full-contact situations. Hopefully he will continue to live up to the early hype.