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Former Rutgers WR Janarion Grant signs with the Blue Bombers

WINNIPEG, MB., – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced that the club has signed an American offensive weapon Janarion Grant to a one-year contract.

Grant is a five-foot-nine 164lbs American Wide Receiver from Rutgers University. During his amateur career with the Scarlet Knights, Grant was a player who you find ways to get the ball to. He appeared in 49 games as a wide receiver, and punt returner and even took some snaps at the running back position.

When lined up as a wide receiver, Grant racked up 1,062 receiving yards on 99 receptions and scored two touchdowns. Grant also totaled 344 rushing yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns. When returning punts he ended his career with 588 yards on 52 punt returns and three touchdowns.

Grants’ play with the Scarlet Knights has led his name to be entrenched in the Rutgers and the NCAA record books for many years to come.

Rutgers All-Time Kickoff Return Yardage Leader (2,857)
Tied NCAA Record for Combined Kick Return Touchdowns (8)
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 12, 2016)
2015 Second Team All-Big Ten (Media)
2015 Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
2015 Rutgers Special Teams MVP
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 9, 2015)
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 14, 2015)
2014 Mark Mills Second Effort Award
2013 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference (Coaches)
2013 Rutgers Special Teams Co-MVP
American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 23, 2013)

After the completion of his amateur career at Rutgers, he entered his name in the 2018 NFL draft. He would go on to sign with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.  He made the Ravens’ final roster as the team’s primary kick and punt returner. However, in September of 2018, Grant was waived by the Ravens after troubles with ball security.

He would go on to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice squad in 2019, before joining the Blue Bombers a few weeks later. While dressed in Blue and Gold Grant appeared in 17 games making the biggest impact on punt and kick returns. Grant returned 75 punts and 37 kick returns totaling nearly 1,849 return yards and scoring four touchdowns.

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