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Grant: 'It will be critical'

Posted Aug 13, 2015

Special teams performance is huge for rookies like Doran Grant.

LATROBE, Pa. – Five preseason games might make Steelers’ veterans cringe, but for rookies trying to make a name for themselves, every game, every snap matters.

And for cornerback Doran Grant, the Steelers fourth-round pick, that is definitely the case.

Grant saw action mainly on special teams against the Minnesota Vikings in the Hall of Fame game, but should see action on defense as well Friday night against Jacksonville.

“We wanted him to focus on a lot of special teams work in that first game,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We’ve got five preseason games, and we’re going to utilize them. He was able to focus solely on special teams in the first game. He played extensively, probably more than anyone else in that area.

“In the next game, we’ll let him participate on special teams and defense. With four preseason games to go, he’s going to have an opportunity to show what he’s capable of.”

Grant knows as a young player that special teams is a key for him, so even if he gets work on defense, he can’t lose focus of the importance of special teams.

“It will definitely be important,” said Grant. “It will be critical. Going out and doing the best I can to help the team will be positive for me.”

Tomlin is pleased so far with what the young corner has shown in practice. It’s now just time to take it to the field.

“We like the work that he’s done,” said Tomlin. “He came into training camp ready to go. He’s shown great intensity.”