Grant rushed four times for 13 yards and caught 6-of-7 targets for 56 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
Grant was much more involved compared to the season opener, though T.J. Yeldon still carried a slight edge in touches (14-to-12) and yardage (71-to-69). Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was inactive after not practicing through the week, although he was a game-time decision. Grant's increased workload is encouraging, but Yeldon should remains Jacksonville's No. 2 running back for the time being.
Coach Doug Marrone said he should've given Grant a little bit more work after Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 20-15 win over the Giants, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports.
T.J. Yeldon dominated backfield snaps after Fournette's exit in the second quarter, finishing with 14 carries and three catches on 39 snaps. Meanwhile, Grant only logged six snaps and actually got his lone touch on the opening drive of the game. Sunday's usage wasn't encouraging, but Grant should at least have a larger role Week 2 against the Patriots if Fournette is unavailable.
Grant finished with eight rushes for six yards and caught all three of his targets for 39 yards in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Saints in the preseason opener.
Grant also gained 39 yards on two kickoff returns and recorded a tackle on special teams. On a busy night for the tailback, Grant led the Jags in both carries and receiving yards. Although he didn't get anything going on the ground, his versatility is clearly of value to Jacksonville.
Grant is likely to see an increased workload for the 2018 season, 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 No. 2 running back from the 2017 season, with Grant being a major beneficiary of his departure, along with T.J. Yeldon. Grant has showcased the ability of a big-play threat, and totaled 248 yards on only 30 carries (8.3 average) last season. Yeldon seems likely to slide into the third-down role for Jacksonville due to his reliability as a pass blocker, which would leave Grant to serve as a change-of-pace option. Training camp should provide a better window into both players' potential roles, and if Grant can showcase improved pass-blocking ability it would go a long way towards securing an increased snap count. Regardless, the 26-year-old seems poised for an increased carry-count behind Leonard Fournette in 2018, after posting 68 carries for 414 yards and three touchdowns across his first three seasons.
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.
|5||10/7/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/6/18||@ TEN||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|