Ryan Grant caught all three of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
The second-year wideout made the most of his usage on the day, finishing third on the team in receiving and scoring the first of three second-half Washington Redskins touchdowns in what was an enthralling comeback effort. Despite Sunday's results, Grant is unlikely to assume a large role in the passing game any time soon, with Jordan Reed back in action and DeSean Jackson set to return. Washington will go on bye next week before a Nov. 8 matchup with the Patriots.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant caught five of his seven targets for 45 yards in Sunday's win against the Philadelphia Eagles .
Grant received a boost in targets with Andre Roberts being a healthy scratch and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) still unable to suit up. Grant is likely to drop down to forth on the depth chart once Jackson is back on the field in the next week.
As expected, the domino effect of DeSean Jackson's absence affected Grant's participation in a positive way, affording him an additional four targets over last week. While Kirk Cousins generally kept things close to the vest and only averaged only 7.5 yards per attempt on Sunday, it was Grant who had a game-high 35 yard reception to open a first-quarter drive that ended in a Redskins field goal.
Grant is expected to continue to receive increased opportunity over the next several weeks while Jackson remains sidelined.
"Could be shorter, but you never know with a hamstring," Gruden said.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier Monday that Jackson was slated to miss a few games after an MRI revealed a fairly significant strain.
Jackson sustained the injury early in Week 1 against the Dolphins. He had no catches and was injured on his only target, which was a deep pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Gruden said wide receiver
Although, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed were the focal points of the passing game after Jackson exited Sunday's season opener.
“He’s awesome, man. He really is,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “He runs every route exactly like you tell him to run it. He doesn’t make any mental mistakes. He’s got big, strong hands. It’s just right now with Pierre, DeSean. Andre, we draft Crowder, it’s a crowded room right now with a lot of skill.
“But I won’t hesitate one bit whether he’s our starting Z, starting X, starting inside player, what have you. I think as a wide receiver he’s very polished and he’s just waiting his turn. He is ready to go, though. I promise you that. I love Ryan Grant and what he is and what he’s about.”
Despite Grant's emergence during offseason practices, he'll likely end up as the fourth or fifth receiver on the team's depth chart.
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