Adams and Grant also were members of the same 2014 NFL Draft class in which Adams went in the second round (53rd overall) to Green Bay, while Grant was selected by Washington in the fifth (No. 142). Now, the two are a couple lockers away from one another.
“We have some of the same fundamentals in our game and working out with an All-Pro receiver is always positive,” Grant said. “It’s just good being around the wide receivers here and just to be part of this offense is good.”
Grant has had an interesting NFL run. In 2017, he enjoyed a career year with 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns with Washington. An unrestricted free agent after the season, Grant appeared to be on the verge of signing a lucrative deal with Baltimore before the Ravens failed him on his physical.
Grant insists he was healthy, a notion reflected by the fact he signed a one-year deal with the Colts the following week. He went on to start a career-high 10 games in 2018, recording 35 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown.
He signed with Oakland in April and played two games with the Raiders this year before being cut Sept. 25. While he knows the next opponent on the schedule for the Packers are the Raiders Sunday, Grant doesn’t hold any ill will against his former team.
If anything, being back in his home state of Texas for a few weeks allowed Grant to reorganize and assess where he’s at.
“It was kind of weird, just being at home, watching football on Sunday instead of actually being on the field,” Grant said. “I was able to go home and hang out with my wife, get some things taken care of that needed to be taken care of and I’m just thankful and fortunate and grateful for this opportunity.”
The former Tulane standout smiled when acknowledging he’s often confused with the former Packers running back, who has the same name. Grant takes it in stride and sees it as possibly a good omen given the other Grant’s past success in Green Bay.
Grant comes from a system in Washington with many parallels to the offense Matt LaFleur runs in Green Bay. For that reason, Grant hopes to be in a position to contribute to the Packers’ offense – sooner, rather than later.
“I’m excited for the future,” Grant said. “I think the Green Bay Packers have a great future ahead of them. Obviously they’ve been winning football games and I don’t see any change in that here pretty soon. I’m excited for the opportunity and look forward to everything that the organization has to offer.”