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His selection in the NFL draft was somewhat of a head-scratching move at the time—in light of the logjam Washington had at wideout—but Ryan Grant has validated this pick with his play in the preseason.
Grant's physical skill set won't jump off the screen at you. Only 6'0" and with middling speed, it's the reason he lasted until the fifth round, after all. Even with that said, it hasn't stopped his teammates and coaches from raving about the rookie from Tulane.
Speaking with Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com, Robinson namedropped Grant while dishing on the contentious battle ongoing at receiver:
Look at the competition. You've got guys out here playing ball right now, they're making plays. You've got rookies coming in looking like two-year, three-year pros. You've got Ryan Grant, he's looking like he a four-year like I have you know.
In comments he made to Brandon Parker of The Washington Post, head coach Jay Gruden also heaped praise on Grant.
“Every rookie handles [their first training camp] differently. Some rookies are basket cases, some are cool, calm and collected. Ryan Grant looks like he’s been here for 10 years. He’s handled it perfectly," he said.
Like Robinson, Grant too won't see much playing time in 2014. Still, with the lack of size Washington has at wideout, the bolstered depth the team now has could come into play if injury derails any of the top receivers.