Bill Belichick knows Corey Grant is in Jaguars’ deck

#1 von liny195 , 18.05.2019 04:04

of cards In a deck of 53 Jacksonville Jaguars cards Patrick Chung Jerseys 2019 , it can be easy to lose Corey Grant in the shuffle.He isn’t Leonard Fournette. Nor is he T.J. Yeldon. But the New England Patriots know who Grant is.It’d be hard not to after last January’s AFC title game, when the running back caught as many passes in the first half – three – for more yards – 59 – than he had all season.“Not lost in our shuffle,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Grant during his press conference Friday. “He’s good.”Eight months ago, Grant was good enough to have former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia yelling, “This guy’s not in there to run the ball. It’s going to be some sort of bull----.” He was good enough to have Patriots safety Devin McCourty pinging his peers with, “No. 30 is in the game at back.” The element of surprise might not be what it was then. The Jaguars might not get out to a 14-3 lead, either. And New England’s linebackers White Duron Harmon Jerseys , with a healthy Dont’a Hightower accompanied by Kyle Van Noy and rookie fifth-round pick Ja’Whaun Bentley, might be the reason Jacksonville doesn’t.But similar NFL Films soundbites still could be captured when the two sides meet again for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.Grant has the potential to be a 5-foot-11, 203-pound joker.“They use him a lot of different ways,” added Belichick. “Very productive player in the kicking game, and they use him on a lot of their gadget-type plays – reverses and fake punts and so forth. He’s been very productive on those. And then offensively, he’s fast. He’s gotten out in space against us several times. Had a long run in preseason, had at least three catches against us in the [conference] championship game. So Duron Harmon Jerseys 2019 , he’s tough, he runs hard. He’s got good skills with the ball as a receiver, as a returner.”Grant has appeared in 37 career games, including postseason, since going undrafted out of Auburn in 2015. He’s returned the ball 40 times. He’s carried it 71 times. He’s caught it 12 times.Yet significant damage doesn’t always require significant volume.Three of Grant’s kickoff opportunities have gone for 40-plus yards. So have three of his rushes. And two of his receptions, meanwhile, have eclipsed 20 yards.Though in the Jaguars’ opener last Sunday against the New York Giants White Marcus Cannon Jerseys , the ball resided in Grant’s hands only once. The 26-year-old was in for just six of Jacksonville’s 63 offensive snaps in the 20-15 win, despite the hamstring injury to Fournette, who is shaping up to be a game-time decision versus New England after not participating in practice this week.Fournette and Yeldon finished Week 1 having combined for 92 yards on the ground, 32 yards through the air with one touchdown. Grant finished with three yards.But don’t let the sample size – lack thereof – fool you.At least not again.“He’s a guy we need to make sure we do a good job on,” said Belichick. Belichick once again taps into Nick Saban’s program to add a tough-nosed player to his team."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL DraftPatriots Opinion/AnalysisNFL Draft GradesGrading the Damien Harris selection and how he fits the Patriots offenseNew,17commentsBelichick once again taps into Nick Saban’s program to add a tough-nosed player to his team. EDTShareTweetShareShareGrading the Damien Harris selection and how he fits the Patriots offenseMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe Patriots entered the draft pretty much set at the RB position. Sony Michel became an emerging star after a strong postseason run while the versatile Rex Burkhead and elite pass receiver James White are also on the roster. The team brought back ST stalwart Brandon Bolden after a 1-year stint in Miami, which gave the Patriots four players at the position to work with. Apparently Bill Belichick doesn’t think that’s enough as the Patriots spent a 3rd round pick targeting Alabama RB Damien Harris.Strengths:Does everything at a solid level: runner Marcus Cannon Jerseys 2019 , receiver, pass protectsRuns behinds his pads wellExcellent field visionNightmare to tackle in spaceWeaknesses:Not particularly great at any skillAverage athletic profileRookie Year ProjectionHarris is used to the split backfield situation that he had with Josh Jacobs (who went 24th overall). That would continue to be the case although he’ll be sharing with Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead. It seems to me the Patriots are shifting their offensive philosophy to running and playaction given there will likely be 5 RB locks on the roster unless the Patriots don’t think Burkhead can hold up any longer. Pats Pulpit reacts to the Damien Harris and Yodny Cajuste picksSubscribe to the Pats Pulpit podcast for more draft reactions!Long Term ProjectionNot much will change from Year 1 to Year 4 with Harris. He will be spelling Michel in order to keep him fresh for the postseason. His versatility as a RB makes him a perfect #2 back behind Michel, especially if he can contribute on special teams as well. Michel and Harris are under team control through the 2022 season and could very well be the 1-2 punch in the backfield over the next 4 years.How Many Downs Can He Impact: 3Basically he will be asked to do mostly running with the occasional passing and pass protect in this offense on play-action. Pick Grade: BI think the Patriots could addressed other needs, hence the low grade, but it looks like they’re going to be running the ball a lot in 2019. There are concerns with the backfield such as Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel’s long term health White Brandon Bolden Jerseys , so adding another player to the backfield certainly doesn’t hurt. The Patriots are certainly now set at the position with young talent combined with veteran leadership. EDIT: I’ve had a bit of time to think more about this selection and I’ve decided to improve the grade to B when factoring in the injury histories of the RBs on the roster. I think there’s more value with Harris after realizing that the Patriots are another Michel injury away from being screwed at the position. My original grade was a C because I didn’t think the Patriots needed a RB before Day 3. With Harris in the fold, that is much less of a concern.


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