John Keim reports that rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant looks good so far in training camp:
Ryan Grant looked good in the one-on-one matchups; they’re set up for the receivers to do well. But he showed a crispness to his routes, at one point driving off rookie corner Bashaud Breeland with a tricky route. He looked like he was going to run a slant-and-go, so Breeland turned for that, but Grant cut to the outside and was open by about 10 yards. Again, a savvy route for a rookie and a tough one for a fellow rook to cover. Grant later ran a nice, patient route to get open against the No. 2 secondary.
If he keeps it up, Matthew Freedman won’t get his wish. Back in December, Freedman had this to say about Grant:
Grant’s not getting nearly the buzz that other draft-eligible WRs get . . . and that’s fine with me. I hope he does well in pre-draft workouts and then flies under the radar all the way into September. Keep an eye out for the guy who could ultimately be one of the most undervalued receivers of the 2014 class.
Grant didn’t dominate the combine, but he didn’t bomb it either. His agility score1 was sub-11, which is very good. But Grant isn’t going to dominate anyone physically at the NFL level, so hearing that he potentially has some savvy to his game is a good sign. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a deep, deep2 sleeper.
But our mission at RotoViz is to leave no stone unturned3 in the quest for fake football dominance. Freedman’s original article offers some great detail on Grant, which is still relevant. Jon Moore was the only RotoViz ranker to score Grant in our rookie rankings, slotting him as the number 24 rookie wideout. That’s obviously a low score, but the fact that Grant was on Moore’s radar is significant. Grant scores an above average 1.2 in Mr Moore’s Phenom Index, ahead of players like Jeremy Kerley, Jason Avant, and Marlon Brown among others.4 For a smaller receiver, Grant also posted solid numbers on targets near the goal line. Despite being a bit older than we prefer our rookies to be, Grant’s final season market share numbers are very impressive.
Again, he has a long way to go before he’s ever fantasy relevant. But I would put him in a similar category as Bernard Reedy: a player to monitor for very deep dynasty leagues.