You won’t find too many players across the NFL right now who are doing a better job of making more with less than Jacksonville Jaguars third-year running back Corey Grant.
Despite being in a third-back role behind Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory, Grant has solidified a place in the Jaguars lineup ahead of T.J. Yeldon by producing 180 total yards off just 11 touches.
The most eye-popping of those touches came a week ago in London against the Baltimore Ravens when Grant grabbed the snap on a fake punt and ran around the right end for a 58-yard gain to set up the Jaguars final score.
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The play, which the Jaguars practiced the Friday before the game, was the same one they ran against the Panthers during the preseason, when Grant pulled off the fake for a 51-yard gain.
That pickup last week was part of a six-carry, 75-yard day for Grant in which the undrafted Auburn product also caught a pass for 18 yards, proving he can be more than just a special teams contributor.
Of course, Grant has done a pretty good job there, too. He had three kick returns in the Jaguars loss to the Titans for 74 yards (24.7 per return), but there was one play he made in that game that stood out even more.
Grant turned what looked like a sure series-opening loss behind his own 15-yard line into a big play when he grabbed a toss to the left, beat two defenders to the edge and cut up field for a 13-yard gain.
Penalties derailed the drive shortly thereafter, but the word out of the Jaguars camp is that Grant’s effort on that play wowed the coaches so much that they decided to give him a bigger role in the game the following week.
“It was exciting knowing I had a few plays here and there and a package of plays coming into the game,” Grant told reporters after facing the Ravens. “To be in the game and have those opportunities was great.’’
So was Grant’s response to the opportunity. And based on that response, it’s reasonable to think that Grant’s role could increase yet again this week when the Jaguars take on the Jets.
Fournette has given the Jaguars an element to their attack the likes of which they haven’t had in years but Grant has given them a bit of a secret weapon that could prove to be nearly as potent as their lead back.