Jacksonville Jaguars running-back Corey Grant could be set for an increased workload this season, with offensive coordinator Nathanial Hackett expecting big things from the 26-year-old in the future.
Since joining the Jaguars in 2015, Grant has found himself with limited opportunities. Sitting in the shadows of Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, and T.J. Yeldon, Grant had rarely been given time to prove himself, but that all changed during last season’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. The Jaguars may have lost the match, but Grant was one of the stand out players of the day, utilizing his raw pace to terrorize the Pats in the first-half, and ending the game with three catches, going for 20 yards, 24 yards, and 15 yards.
His regular season duties may have been mopping-up during blowout wins, or forming part of specialist teams, but the Patriots match certainly left a lasting impressing on both his coaches and Jags fans.
“He’s a guy that can catch the ball from the backfield,” said Nathaniel Hackett. “Every time we’ve given him the ball in the backfield, he’s done really good things. It’s good because you’ve got him, you’ve got T.J. right there with Leonard, so it’s a really good group of three guys that we’ve got there.”
Hackett’s fondness of Grant could equate to more game time in 2018, particularly with veteran Chris Ivory being released by the Jags in the offseason.
“I thought Corey — once again, he’s a guy that stepped in [last season] and did a great job there at the end — and he’s just a guy we’ve got to get out there,” Hackett told First Coast News “There’s all these guys we’re talking about and it’s a long ways away from that first game to see what we’re going to get but I’d love to put him out there because he’s a major change-of-pace back.”