Showing flashes last season and in late 2016, Jaguars running back Corey Grant will have a chance to earn some playing time in training camp this summer. That's great for him, but Fantasy owners shouldn't give him much attention until he's on the field on a regular basis. Until then, ignore him.
Grant is likely to see an increased workload for the Jaguars in 2018, although his role may remain undefined until training camp, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports. The release of veteran Chris Ivory this offseason leaves the Jaguars without their primary No. 2 running back from the 2017 season. T.J. Yeldon should be the main beneficiary from Ivory's departure, but Grant also should absorb some of the snaps that don't fall to lead back Leonard Fournette. In limited touches a season ago, Grant demonstrated some big-play ability, totaling 248 yards on only 30 carries (8.3 average). With Yeldon likely to occupy a third-down role for Jacksonville due to his aptitude as a pass blocker, Grant could serve as a change-of-pace option. Training camp should provide more insight into both players' outlooks, and if Grant can showcase improved pass protection, it would go a long way towards securing more responsibilities on offense.
Grant signed his second-round tender to remain with the Jaguars on Thursday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. It seemed unlikely a team would match a $2.9 million offer for a backup running back, though Grant did take 10 days from the original offer to consider his options. Things are now less murky in the Jacksonville backfield following Chris Ivory's release, but Leonard Fournette is still the unquestioned leader, with T.J. Yeldon in line to serve as the primary backup. Grant may be third in the pecking order, but he will see plenty of work as a valuable asset on special teams.
The Jaguars placed a second-round tender on Grant, a restricted free agent, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Grant went undrafted back in 2015, which means the Jaguars wouldn't have received compensation if they'd used an original-round tender and failed to match an offer sheet. The $2.9 million second-round tender seems like a lot to pay for a third-string running back, but it makes sense after accounting for Grant's value on special teams, where he's been particularly useful on trick plays from the punt protector spot. He's also done well with his limited opportunities on offense, perhaps setting him up to challenge T.J. Yeldon for backup work now that Chris Ivory is out of the picture.
Grant caught all three of his targets for 59 yards and added a two-yard carry during Sunday's 24-20 loss to New England. Grant caught as many passes, and for more yardage, on Sunday as he did in the entire regular season. More special-teams ace than useful back for much of the season, Grant was active in place of Chris Ivory on Sunday and ripped off catches-and-runs of 24 and 20 yards to set up Jacksonville's first touchdown of the game. Jacksonville is loaded at tailback with Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, but with Jacksonville's potential ability to get out from Ivory's contract in the offseason, Grant might get more action in 2018.
Grant sustained a right shoulder injury in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Seahawks, the Associated Press reports. Grant suffered the injury on a kickoff return in the third quarter, during which he coughed up the ball. The Seahawks recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown on their next play to tie the game at 10-10. Though Grant was able to return to the game, his practice time could be limited heading into the Week 15 matchup with the Texans while he manages the injury.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New York Giants||21||17.88|
|2||09/16||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|4||09/30||New York Jets||24||18.50|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
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|3 Year Avg||23||138||1||3||30||0||20|