Jakeem Grant

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #19
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #19

Jakeem Grant News

Could have role in three-wide sets

Grant may be in line to have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Cardinals with Allen Robinson (hamstring) listed as doubtful for the contest and with Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs) ruled out, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Wideout Darnell Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet are likely to be the top targets for quarterback Andy Dalton -- who is making a second straight start in place of the injured Justin Fields (doubtful, ribs) -- but the expected absences of Robinson and Goodwin leave Damiere Byrd and Grant as the next men up at receiver. The Bears are expected to promote at least one of Isaiah Coulter, Rodney Adams Nsimba Webster and Dazz Newsome from the practice squad for additional depth at receiver, but none of the quartet has an NFL catch on his resume. With that in mind, Grant looks on pace to see at least a handful of looks from Dalton out of the slot, as he did in the Bears' Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions. After working almost exclusively as a return man since being acquired from the Dolphins on Oct. 5, Grant hauled in two of four targets for 25 yards across 19 snaps on offense in Detroit.

Dec 3, 2021 11:54 AM EST

Targeted four times in win

Grant caught two passes for 25 yards in the Bears' 16-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: In addition to two kickoff and four punt returns, Grant was fourth on the team with four targets, as the Bears were without Allen Robinson (hamstring) and they also lost Marquise Goodwin (foot) in the first half, leading to his increased offensive role. Grant's fantasy value is highest in leagues that award points for return yardage, though he also can chip in with occasional yardage as a receiver. If the Bears continue to be without their regulars at receiver, his ability to gain yardage after the catch would give him limited fantasy value as a wide receiver.

Nov 25, 2021 6:20 PM EST

Receives two touches

Grant rushed once for 11 yards and caught his only target for six yards in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Grant's greatest value to the Bears is as a returner, and any offensive touches he receives are a bonus. Aside from leagues that award points for return yardage, Grant's fantasy value will be minimal unless his sees an increase in usage.

Nov 21, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Will play Sunday

Grant (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup with the 49ers.

Analysis: Grant was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, but he was able to log full practices Thursday and Friday. The 29-year-old wideout isn't expected to be a factor for Chicago's offense Sunday, as he has recorded just two catches on the season.

Oct 31, 2021 9:40 AM EST

Questionable for Week 8

Grant (ankle) is considered questionable for the Bears' Week 8 contest with the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Grant suffered his ankle injury against the Packers in Week 6 and has had a minimal role on the Bears' offense so far this season. The receiver has only recorded two catches all season and he has yet to play more than seven offensive snaps in a game. If Grant is unable to suit up, it's likely Breshad Perriman will fill his depth receiver role against the 49ers.

Oct 29, 2021 11:30 AM EST

Ready for Week 7

Grant (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Grant was sidelined for the first two days of practice but managed a limited session Friday. That will be enough for him to suit up and serve primarily as a returner in the kicking game in Week 7.

Oct 24, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Questionable with ankle injury

Grant (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Grant failed to practice Wednesday or Thursday but logged a limited session Friday, which will at least give him a glimmer of hope to suit up. He has totaled minus-7 receiving yards this season, but Grant plays a significant special teams role as both the kick returner and punt returner. If Grant sits out against the Buccaneers, Damiere Byrd will likely work as Chicago's return man.

Oct 22, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Sidelined Wednesday

Grant (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Grant picked up the injury during Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Packers during a long kick return that was ultimately called back due to a penalty. He managed to return to the game, but the issue is apparently still bothering him to begin the practice week.

Oct 20, 2021 5:50 PM EST

Able to return

Grant (ankle) returned to Sunday's game against the Packers, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Grant was shaken up after a long punt return that was nullified by penalty. He was spotted returning a kick later in the game, and he should continue to serve as a key special teams player for the Bears for the remainder of the game.

Oct 17, 2021 11:11 AM EST

Dealing with ankle injury

Grant suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Packers, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Grant was hobbled after a long punt return, though his effort was nullified by a penalty. It's unclear whether he will be able to retake the field. If Grant remains sidelined, Damiere Byrd would likely take on the punt return role.

Oct 17, 2021 10:46 AM EST

Active to face Packers

Grant (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Grant was limited in practice Thursday, but the injury wasn't serious enough to keep him out of this game. He's not expected to hold a big role on offense, however, as he only has two receptions this year.

Oct 17, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Pops up on injury report

Grant (groin) was limited in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Grant didn't appear on the injury report Wednesday, implying that he picked up the issue during practice. The fact that he was still able to take the field in any capacity is positive, though his status for Sunday's game against the Packers remains ambiguous. In his first game with the Bears, Grant played only two offensive snaps. He could see an increased role in Week 6 if Allen Robinson (ankle) is unable to play.

Oct 14, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Traded to Windy City

The Dolphins are trading Grant to the Bears in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Grant found himself on the outside of Miami's regular offensive rotation this season, in large part due to the arrival of new starters Will Fuller (finger) and Jaylen Waddle, but in Chicago he could see more utilization. The Bears are in need of more consistent contribution behind Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney, and Grant could offer Damiere Byrd and Marquise Goodwin real competition for the No. 3 role. The 28-year-old is also a quality option in the return game.

Oct 5, 2021 7:27 AM EST

Barely plays offense Week 3

Grant was not targeted during Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Grant dealt with an ankle injury leading into Week 3, which may explain in part why he only handled two offensive snaps versus Las Vegas. On the other hand, the debut of Will Fuller may have simply deprived Grant of any real opportunities to handle skill-position reps. The speedster did lock down his usual role as Miami's top return man, but as long as he's limited almost entirely to special teams, he will remain off the fantasy radar in the vast majority of formats.

Sep 28, 2021 3:09 AM EST

Cleared for Week 3

Grant (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Raiders, Armando Salguero of Outkick reports.

Analysis: Grant upgraded to full practice participation Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday, shedding his injury label in the process. He should work in his usual capacity as the return man on special teams and get the occasional opportunity on offense.

Sep 24, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Limited to start week

Grant (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Grant is looking somewhat iffy for Week 3 due to an ankle sprain, so it's encouraging to see that he's at least able to handle limited practice reps. With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) already ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Dolphins will need all the help they can get at the skill positions.

Sep 22, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Nursing ankle sprain

Grant is managing an ankle sprain picked up during Sunday's 35-0 blowout loss to the Bills, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Grant has avoided a serious injury, but he could still be forced to miss some time while working through his recovery. Rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle will stand to take over as Miami's primary return man as long as Grant is sidelined.

Sep 20, 2021 8:28 AM EST

Injures ankle Sunday

Grant (anke) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Bills.

Analysis: Grant suffered the injury in the first half of Week 2. If he is unable to return, the rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle will likely take on the return duties for the remainder of the contest.

Sep 19, 2021 11:43 AM EST

No targets Week 1

Grant played just seven offensive and didn't record a target during Sunday's win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Grant appeared in 14 games last season for the Dolphins and recorded 36 receptions for 373 yards -- both career-highs. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 16 last year, but he appeared healthy coming into training camp. Grant's role in the 2021 offense remains unclear after the Dolphins added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle to their receiving corps this offseason.

Sep 15, 2021 8:37 AM EST

Looks healthy in spring practices

Grant hauled in a deep ball from QB Tua Tagovailoa at June minicamp.

Analysis: Grant appears to have returned healthy for Miami's offseason program after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 16 last year. He's missed multiple games in three straight seasons, and he'll now face a tougher path to earning snaps on offense, with the Dolphins adding Will Fuller and No. 6 overall pick Jaylen Waddle to a receiving corps that also includes Grant, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams (foot), Albert Wilson and Lynn Bowden. The Dolphins can clear up around $4 million in cap space if they trade or release Grant, but his value on special teams (five career returns TDs) should keep him on track for a roster spot, even if he's buried on the depth chart at WR.

Jul 9, 2021 9:48 AM EST

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