GREEN BAY – The Packers have added veteran Ryan Grant to their receiving corps, signing the 6-foot, 194-pound free agent on Wednesday.
Here are five things to know about him:
1. This is not the same Ryan Grant who used to play for the Packers.
The former Packers running back, Ryan Grant, hasn’t played since 2012. This Ryan Grant was most recently with the Raiders, actually beginning the 2019 season with them and catching three passes for 16 yards in Oakland’s Monday night victory over Denver in Week 1. The Raiders released him in late September.
2. The Packers are his fourth team.
Grant entered the league in 2014 with Washington and played four seasons there before moving on to Indianapolis last year and then Oakland. For his career, he has 123 receptions for 1,333 yards and seven touchdowns. Last year, he was actually in line to get a multi-year contract from Baltimore as a free agent, but he failed his physical apparently due to an ankle injury and ultimately signed a one-year deal with Indy.
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3. His best season was his last in Washington, in 2017.
That year, Grant caught 45 passes for 573 yards and four TDs, career highs in all categories, along with a career-best 12.7 yards per catch. He also started last season strong for the Colts, catching 24 passes for 246 yards and a TD over the first five games before his production tailed off.
4. His lone career playoff appearance came against the Packers.
Grant played against Green Bay in the 2015 NFC Wild Card game, but he did not catch a pass on two targets. He had one catch for four yards in the Packers’ Sunday night game at Washington in 2016.
5. He was a two-time all-conference pick in college and a fifth-round draft choice.
The Beaumont, Texas, native played at Tulane and was a first-team All-Conference USA selection in both 2012 and 2013, leading the league in receiving yards with 1,149 in 2012. Washington drafted him in the fifth round in 2014 with the No. 142 overall pick.