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Miami Dolphins speedster Jakeem Grant says he was upset that former coach Adam Gase, who had a hand in drafting him, was fired last month.
But as the dust settled after Gase found a new job and the Dolphins hired new coach Brian Flores, Grant found humor in the situation.
Particularly, the fact he’ll get a chance to play against Gase and the New York Jets twice next season.
“I was really upset because that’s the coach [who] drafted me,” Grant said Friday before the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry.
“We also had a good relationship. But it’s a business. I hate to see him leave, but I also get to see him twice a year. I’m looking forward and excited about the coaches they’re bringing in and getting it rolling.”
Grant is progressing toward his return from a left heel injury that prematurely ended his 2018 season. He considers himself fortunate the injury — which required “just a minor surgery” — was not a ruptured Achilles tendon. Grant has been dealing with an issue to that part of his foot since he played in college at Texas Tech.
While filling out his coaching staff and getting to know his new players are among Brian Flores' top priorities, attending Friday’s fourth annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort was important for another reason close to home.
Grant has not began running yet as he continues to recuperate. But when he returns, he is excited to continue where he left off last season as one of the Dolphins’ most explosive playmakers.
“I’m very excited. I just want to come back better and put more on the table than when I left,” Grant said.
“When you have a setback like that, you don’t take the game for granted. Just being out and watching my teammates play, it’s a hard feeling to swallow. I’m just working out every day and trying to get better each and every day so I can be out there with those guys.”
Grant, who was the only NFL player last season to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown, suffered the injury during the Dolphins’ loss at Green Bay on Nov. 11.
Grant was ruled out for the remainder of the season, finishing with 21 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. He averaged 16.3 yards per punt return (14 for 228 yards) and 29.7 yards per kick return (18 for 535 yards, which led the NFL before his injury).
Grant may not participate in team activities during the Dolphins’ offseason workout program, which begins April 1.
But he is hopeful to return by the start of training camp.
“I would say I should be,” Grant said. “I’m not going to say I’ll be 100 percent. I’m always working every single day to try to get better and get out there with my boys.”
Attending the Dolphins Cancer Challenge golf tournament was personal for Grant.
“Cancer has impacted everybody’s life. It has impacted mine as well. I’m coming out here to give them my support, be out here for the Dolphins and all the people who have been affected by cancer,” Grant said. “My grandfather passed of cancer when I was in high school, so this event is not only big for people in the community, but it’s big for me as well.”